Jacobs Structural Dynamics Test Engineer in Houston, Texas

Structural Dynamics Test Engineer


NASA’s Mission Operations for the International Space Station is located at Johnson Space Center. On Jacobs’ JETS contract we provide engineering services to JSC. Come join us and be a vital part of operating the largest space station ever built. We have a need for a Structural Dynamic Test Engineer with Barrios Technologies, a JETS teammate company .

The Structural Dynamics Test Engineer will:

  • Perform all associated duties as a Structural Dynamics Test Engineer, as allowed by certification, for a myriad of testing supporting the Structural Engineering Division at JSC.

  • Direct, coordinate, and exercise functional authority for planning, organizing, control, integration, and completion of structural dynamics qualification, acceptance, and engineering evaluation tests for NASA flight hardware and non-flight hardware to satisfy NASA system requirements.

  • Perform all functional duties of a Structural Dynamics Test Engineer to include requirements definition, test planning and development, assisting customers with facility interface requirements, evaluating customer provided test fixtures, scheduling & coordination with internal & external support agencies, cost estimation, risk assessment & mitigation, instrumentation and mechanical test buildup design & approval, control system and data system setup and programming, directing test execution, and summary reporting.

  • Develop test documentation to include plans, detailed test procedures, hazard analyses, emergency procedures, area notifications, schedules, test manning & certification documents, closeout summary reports, and customer data packages.

  • Develop and brief presentations regarding test readiness to the Test Readiness Review Board.

  • Assist with test fixture design and perform various duties in support of structures test laboratory facility maintenance and operations as required.

  • Maintain credibility and good customer rapport, as required, to perform successfully as a structural dynamics test engineer.

  • Adhere to appropriate safety, quality, and environmental practice, as well as business ethics practices.

  • Serves as project manager for major test buildups to include schedule integration and budget tracking.

  • Develop recovery plans and corrective actions to overcome challenges.

  • Overcome off-nominal conditions and adverse situations while maintaining tests and projects on schedule and budget.

  • Work shifts outside of normal business hours and on weekends, as required, to support customer project schedules.

  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience.

  • At least 3 years of experience in a leadership role directing the work of others.

  • Proven experience exemplifying strong leadership qualities and exceptional oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrate the ability and desire to take charge of situations under adverse conditions based on results from past experiences.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.


  • Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Structural Engineering.

  • Experience in vibration testing.

  • Experience in modal and acoustic (including sound transmission loss) testing, finite element analysis (FEA), coupled loads analysis (CLA) and/or structural dynamics analysis (random vibration, modal, acoustics, transient).

  • Prior experience with project planning, scheduling as well as post-test data processing and compilation of post test data packages is preferred.

  • Experience with Spectral Dynamics JAGUAR Shaker Control and Analysis systems and Bruel & Kjaer (B&K) data acquisition systems is desirable.

  • Experience with Nastran, IDEAS, and MATLAB or other similar analysis tools.

  • A background in testing, and/or in working in a stressful, high visibility work environment.

Why Work for JETS?

  • Opportunities for growth and advancement

  • Comprehensive Medical Coverage (medical, dental, vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Benefits Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston

Req ID: AS000393