Systems Engineer – In-space Mechanisms

Position ID: ADV0007LY

Posting Date: October 13, 2023

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 Systems Engineer – In-space Mechanisms to join our JETS II contract team at Johnson Space Center.

This position is for a key subject matter expert for in-space mechanisms that will be part of the
mechanisms system management team.


• Conduct systems engineering and management oversight of in-space mechanisms for both
the International Space Station and Commercial Crew Program. This includes subsystem
management of:
o Mechanism integration
o Separation mechanisms
o Latching mechanisms
o Flight crew operated mechanisms
• Coordinate multi-disciplinary engineering support across NASA and contractor teams
throughout the flight hardware development process.
• Interface with other systems and subsystems to ensure mission success, crew safety, and
overall vehicle health and performance
• Prepare information and present as required to program technical and programmatic
• Small amount of travel may be necessary
• Perform other duties as required


• Knowledge of and experience with the NASA flight hardware requirements generation, validation and verification processes.
• Experience in aerospace separation systems design, development, and flight certification.
• Experience in mechanical design, development, and flight certification.
• Knowledge of and experience with the interpretation and application of NASA-STD-5017 to
complex mechanical and attachment systems.
• Knowledge of and experience with the NASA approach to fault tolerance and design risk mitigation.
• Knowledge of and experience performing dimensional tolerance analyses, including thermal effects and GD&T.
• Experience with the NASA system management insight/oversight model and approach.
• Experience leading multi-disciplinary engineering teams.
• Ten years of space mechanisms experience.


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.

• Requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and normally possess 5 – 10 years of related experience.
• NASA or aerospace mechanical design experience
• Human spaceflight hardware design experience
• Mechanisms or robotics experience required
• Excellent communication skills (in person and in writing)
• Proficient with MS Office and Teams (for virtual meetings)
• Comfortable presenting to ISS Engineering Review Board

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.