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Docking Systems Mechanical Engineer


Systems Engineer


Huntsville, Alabama, United States


General program information and/or position overview. We are in search of a Docking Systems Mechanical Engineer to join our Space Exploration team in Huntsville, AL. As a core member of the team, you will play a valuable part in supporting and executing docking system capabilities for a variety of customers.

Primary Responsibilities. The process of docking spacecraft in space is a critical capability for many current and new missions being envisioned both by NASA and the commercial space industry. The Docking Systems Mechanical Engineer will have a key impact on the design, certification, and operation of docking systems and will:

• Provide insight to and oversight of the design, analysis, test, manufacturing, and operation of docking systems

• Be familiar with the details of the NASA Docking System Block 1 and/or Block 2 docking system designs as needed

• Analyze requirements to assess conflicts, gaps, and adequate flow down and decomposition of the program requirements

• Participate in design/test/certification reviews and provide specific comments to docking-system related documentation (Docking System interface design, test & verification requirements, linkage to interface requirements, analysis or test results, and acceptable verification closure data)

• Review and provide comments to Docking-related Safety Hazard reports, participate in the NASA safety panel reviews

• Preparation and/or review of variances, exceptions and/or waivers to NASA requirements

• Work in a team environment, oversee team status on progress and issues, and elevate as needed for support

Basic Qualifications. BS degree in Systems, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Electrical Engineering from an accredited engineering school and a minimum of 8 years of direct engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and 6 years of direct engineering experience

• Strong verbal and written communication skills, be able to work in a team, and develop cooperative relationships

• Structural or mechanical system design experience including familiarity with design and analysis tools and testing methods

• Ability to track multiple tasks and prioritize work independently

• Self-motivation and quick learner to adapt to the broad array of subjects and issues encountered

Preferred Qualifications.

Experience with, or exposure to, docking systems and docking operations

• A working knowledge and experience with ISS, and/or Commercial Crew design and verification documentation and requirements

• Working knowledge of NASA, ISS standards, practices and requirements including safety, fault tolerance, FMEAs and unique disciplines (i.e. mechanisms, Structures, Materials, etc.)

• Experience with using CAD tools to open and manipulate CAD models or STP files in Creo

• Systems Engineering experience/background or a desire to learn systems engineering”

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $101,400.00 - $183,300.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.