Section Manager Loads and Dynamics

Position ID: ADV00083R

Posting Date: January 19, 2024

Location: Houston, TX

Are you passionate about human space exploration, understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a passionate and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Section Manager – Loads and Dynamics to join our JETS II contract team at Johnson Space Center.

We are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening; however, we do not have assurance at this time when the position will be finalized and opened. Because we have strong reason to believe the position will be approved soon, we are proceeding with identifying qualified candidates and conducting interviews.


– Support the NASA/JSC Engineering Directorate Loads and Dynamics Branch
– Ensure employees in functional areas follow established procedures and generate finished work products under time and budgetary constraints and ensure products yield the expected outcome and establish equality levels. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
– Ensure NASA customer has adequate technical support personnel to accomplish associated tasks
– Conduct meetings with NASA customer to provide status and obtain feedback
– Perform routine project status reviews for cost, schedule, risk management, and deliverable adherence
– Conduct oversight, mentorship and guidance to employees and task leads
– Work with leads to track and maintain efficient task performance
– Maintain an active list of lessons learned to actively inform section members
– Maintain active related risk management (technical, cost, and schedule) on all associated tasks
– Conduct periodic section meetings to review personnel work safety
– Conduct periodic face to face meetings with employees to obtain status, ensure efficiency and provide solutions where needed
– Review and approve employee time cards, overtime requests, time-off requests, and travel
– Review resource requests and conduct interviews to identify and attain necessary personnel
– Document and perform personnel performance evaluation reviews
– Generate award nominations for employees
– Establish, monitor, and update personnel training plan as required
– Work with colleagues to coordinate issue resolution across multiple JETS organizations which could include source limitations, technical challenges, process breakdowns, etc.
– Establish a framework and oversight for technical correctness on all work performed by section
– Work with the Engineering Directorate Division Technical Monitor (DTM) and Task Order manager to establish budget estimates
– Review, develop or update section processes as required
– Perform technical duties as required
– Perform other duties as required


– BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and a minimum of eight (8) years of direct engineering experience in the field of loads and dynamics with a strong understanding of the skills required to perform these tasks
– Minimum of fifteen (15) years of direct engineering experience in the field of loads and dynamics
– Prior or current experience supporting the NASA/JSC Engineering Directorate Loads and Dynamics Branch
– Proficiency in Coupled Loads Analysis (CLA) and an understanding of the workflow to perform a CLA
– Vibro-acoustic analysis experience
– Finite element modeling experience
– Familiarity with NASA requirements for load and dynamics, including modal and vibroacoustic testing
– Experience in Python, MATLAB, or C/C++
– Experience using Smartsheets


This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate’s experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

– Typically requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and normally possess 5 – 10 years of related experience. License and certification may be required
– Minimum 5 years performing tasks associated with Spacecraft
– Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills with the ability to work in a team environment
– Experience planning and establishing work priorities
– Experience leading a team of engineers
– Experience with customer and stakeholder interactions
– Experience in the loads and dynamics discipline including coupled loads analysis, shock, vibro-acoustics, signal processing, testing, and multi-body dynamics
– Proficient in MS Office programs

Mclaurin is a unique organization with a special focus on combining the best features of research and industry in order to foster innovation. Our organization strongly supports research, publication, and engagement with the academic community. We encourage our employees to remain on the cutting edge of new developments in their respective disciplines. Prospective candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, and if applicable, a list of relevant publications and research using the contact form below.

US Citizenship and the ability to pass a comprehensive security background investigation is required.

Mclaurin is an Equal Opportunity 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.