Mechanical Engineer II

Job Details

Job ID: 11449

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.


Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


This unique opportunity is part of the Additive Manufacturing Center and Sheet Metal Fabrication Group, which produces highly complex prototype and flight parts for JPL's spacecraft missions.


Some Challenges You Will Tackle:

  • Evaluate the hardware Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
  • Performing manufacturing engineering functions for the development of mechanical hardware including planning, initiating and monitoring activities.
  • Collaborate with engineering design and analysis sections to determine new and advanced welding technical capabilities and equipment that the group should acquire.
  • Provide innovative welding solutions in support of design and fabrication of flight hardware and mechanical group support equipment.
  • Develop weld processes/parameters for various weld processes used at JPL (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) manual and orbital welding techniques, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), spot welding and brazing)
    • Determine and administer weld qualification samples for weld procedure and welder performance qualifications based on code requirements.
    • Maintain and keep all weld procedures, welder’s qualification records and procedure qualifications records.
  • Provide support for audits.
  • Participating in “Make or Buy” decisions, interface with outside vendors for group work.
  • Develop estimates for weldments and other work for the Sheet Metal Group.
  • Evaluate, improve and document the sheet metal manufacturing process.


You Must Have:

  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar with 3 years of related experience, or M.S. degree in Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar with 1 years related experience, or a PhD degree in Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar with 0 years of related experience.
  • Possess an American Welding Society certification as a Certified Weld Inspector or equivalent.
  • Extensive knowledge of materials, weld symbols and fabrication drawings (GD&T).
  • Knowledge and clear understanding of the following weld processes: GTAW, SMAW, GMAW, spot welding and brazing.
  • Experience in welding and joining Aluminum-based alloys, Titanium-based alloys, Nickel-based alloys, and Iron-based alloys
  • Experienced in interpreting and fabricating the following welding codes: ASME Section IX, AWS D1.1, AWS D1.2, AWS D1.6, AWS D17.1, AWS D17.2
  • Experience in developing instructions and sequences for welding repair and rework
  • Proficient using CAD software (e.g. SolidWorks, NX, and AutoCAD) to review and modify hardware designs.

Got These?  Even Better:

  • Minimum 5+ year prior industry experience in a welding environment
  • Highly energized, self-motivated, with the ability to work on several assignments using considerable practical judgement.
  • Proven ability to take verbal and incomplete design elements and recommending to engineering personnel solutions for the manufacture and assembly of flight and prototype hardware.
  • Experience in welding additively manufactured hardware
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Innovative thinker with the ability to present theories/concepts in a professional manner.
  • Understand National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) requirements.
  • Proposal writing and publication experience.

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