Safety and Technical Facilities Engineer III

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Job ID: 11719

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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.


The Instruments Division (3800) is responsible for creating one-of-a-kind scientific instruments to explore Earth, planets, the cosmos and beyond. Our expertise encompasses research in advanced electromagnetic and physical sensor technologies that maximize scientific knowledge capture and delivery, infusion of those technologies into instruments, and engineering the design for flight implementation.


We are currently seeking a Safety & Technical Facilities Engineer Level 3 who will report to the Business Manager of the Instruments Division.  This role will be responsible for identifying, evaluating and establishing controls for Safety and Health, including the development of new health and safety standards and the application of existing health and safety standards, procedures, and practices consistent with established JPL and local, State, and Federal regulations.  


As a key member of the Division business team, this role is also primarily responsible for effective management of Division office and laboratory facilities. Additionally, you will:

  • Serve as the Division lead to plan, organize and participate in the development and implementation of employee health and safety programs, including but not limited to industrial and occupational health and safety, fire protection, traffic safety, hazardous materials and environmental hazard abatement to ensure compliance with Agency, Local, State, and Federal ordinances, policies, codes and regulations for employee health and safety.
  • Lead the implementation of the Division's Safety programs including safety and training goals/objectives and disaster preparedness. 
  • Assist in safety risk mitigation by identifying, prioritizing and implementing appropriate safety related corrective actions. Make recommendations for facilities changes to ensure compliance and minimize potential risks to the safety and health of personnel and technical equipment.                                                                                                 
  • Apply advanced knowledge of health and safety procedures and practices consistent with established JPL and local, State, and Federal regulations.
  • Partner with the Occupational Safety Program Office (OSPO) and the Environmental Affairs Program Office (EAPO) to conduct annual and ad-hoc inspections of Division facilities.
  • Manage organizational compliance with JPL’s hazardous waste disposal processes and recycling programs.
  • Serve as the Division lead for emergency response coordination.  Includes oversight of testing building security systems and preparing for emergency situations by creating an action plan for fire evacuations and disaster response.
  • Partner with key stakeholders in the safety community to develop and conduct educational safety programs for employees.
  • Proactively maintain a safe working environment by overseeing lab inspections, ensuring appropriate training and oversight of the Divisions Occupational Safety Reviews. 
  • Provide oversight for the maintenance and upgrade of technical facilities, including oversight of the acquisition and incorporation of new systems and the decommissioning and safe removal of old systems
  • Manage buildings and equipment to make sure everything is suitable for daily work.  May provide oversight for the procurement of various lab safety supplies and materials, inventory, and replenishment of necessary cleanroom and safety supplies and materials.  Work with various stakeholders to prepare for flight build, integration and test resource needs. 
  • Evolve flight production spaces into collocated, highly adaptable facilities that enable work to be completed with minimal safety risk and efficient flow of technical products through the flight build, integration and test process.
  • Plan strategically for effective utilization of lab and office space.  Serve as a liaison between employees, other institutional organizations, and outside contractors to troubleshoot and address issues. Understand, negotiate and update forward-looking usage schedules for office and laboratory space. Partner with Section business teams to implement these changes.
  • Provide oversight of Division chemical usage and accuracy of inventory.  Ensure proper hazardous waste disposal and appropriate use of PPE. 


  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree with 6 years of related experience, a Master’s with 4 years of related experience, or PhD with 2 years of related experience
  • Experience and knowledge of Health and Safety policies, processes and procedures
  • Knowledge of technical and office facilities management
  • Impeccable verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent project management and time management skills
  • Proven ability to effectively negotiate and develop mutually acceptable solutions

Preferred Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of JPL Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government safety and health regulations and industry best practices.
  • Knowledge of electrical, mechanical and HVAC systems
  • Expert level knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations
  • Knowledge of the ISO 14644 standards for cleanroom operation, testing, monitoring and compliance
  • Previous experience managing system and subsystem cleanroom environments

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