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Northrop Grumman Engineering Technician 2 (Space- Rockets) in White Sands, New Mexico

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Seeking a technician to work in the Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GNC) section at White Sands Missile Range. The GNC section supports Sounding Rocket operations for NASA under the NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract III (NSROC III). This position will require an individual to be able to work individually and work in a team environment. Applicant will work on a variety of projects, typically multiple at any one time. Applicant will be an Attitude Control System (ACS) technician or, possibly, the Boost Guidance System (BGS) operator for sounding rocket missions. The candidate will support system integration, testing, and operation throughout the entire mission life cycle including launch at remote sites. Travel is required. Typical travel to the remote launch site lasts 3 to 6 weeks and integration trips to Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will last approximately 3 weeks. Multiple trips per year are possible.

In addition to supporting mission operations, this person will fabricate and refurbish flight pneumatics systems, electrical harnesses, light soldering, fabrication of GNC Ground Support Equipment (electrical and pneumatic), and assist with parts procurement. The successful applicant will be able to work both explicit procedure and engineering drawing/schematic directions and informal, ad hoc direction.

Responsibilities for the position may include:

  • Support integration, test, and operations for BGS and ACS, travel required

  • Travel: approximately 15% and, on occasion, more frequent. Trips are multi-week. Travel includes within CONUS and to foreign locations

  • Interact safely with high pressure pneumatic systems, training provided as needed

  • Fabricate, repair, and refurbish pneumatics system for sounding rocket applications

  • Perform acceptance test procedures on electrical components, electrical systems, pneumatic components, and pneumatic systems

  • Fabricate electrical and pneumatic GSE

  • Ability to perform light mechanical / metal work - drill & tap holes, light machining, and light sheet metal work

  • Interact with business inventory system (CostPoint) to find parts, check inventory, and support fabrication and refurbishment

  • Develop or assist in development of test and work procedures

  • Able to use various test equipment including but not limited to: gauges, flow meters, oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, micrometers, calipers, and computers

  • Gain the following NASA certifications or licenses:

  • Crimp, Cable, and Harness Certification

  • Electro-Static Discharge Operator license

  • Pressure Operator license

  • Pressure Operator physical

  • Mate / Demate

  • Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies

  • Interact and use MS Office Suite

  • Other duties as required


Basic Qualifications:

  • Relevant Associates Degree, Trade School Certification, or equivalent experience

  • Demonstrable experience with electrical, pneumatics, or hydraulic systems

  • Computer experience

  • At least 4 yrs relevant professional experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Air Frame & Power Mechanic certification

  • Demonstrable experience with electrical and pneumatic systems

  • Experience with GNC

  • Previous sounding rocket experience

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Job Category : Technical Support