Contamination Control/Clean Process Engineer

Job Details

Job ID: 12139

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.

Responsibilities

This unique opportunity is part of the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division which engages in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems with expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical disciplines and is applied from architectural concept development through operations.

 

As a Clean Process Engineer, you will be working for JPL's Propulsion, Thermal and Materials Engineering Section which provides leadership and unique world-class expertise in a wide range of technologies and technical discipline areas of chemical and electrical propulsion, thermal, materials, contamination control, analytical chemistry, geochemical instruments, physics-based modeling, and multiphase flow.

 

Responsibilities:

You will be the Lead Clean Process Engineer for precision cleaning of hardware for deep space, planetary, Earth-orbiting missions at JPL. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with Contamination Control, Technical Facilities Management, and Planetary Protection to maintain validated clean processes for all flight projects.
  • Work with Materials Processing Engineers to write and maintain precision cleaning method documentation.
  • Organize hardware processing to streamline output and segregate special materials interests or contamination risks.
  • Monitor all precision cleaning methods with statistical analysis, consistent analytical analysis of molecular and particulate contamination, and assist in developing new cleaning processes for flight projects.
  • Maintain consistency in hardware cleaning submission requirements with JPL manufacturing groups and cognizant engineers for flight hardware.
  • Provide training for clean process technicians to maintain the clean processes and cleanroom practices to reduce contamination risk for flight hardware.
  • Be the interface between flight project management, cleanliness requirements, and the precision clean facility to streamline processing flight hardware that meets all requirements set out by Contamination Control and Planetary Protection.

 

Qualifications

  • You must have a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or Chemistry with a minimum of 3 years of related experience, or a Master's degree in similar discipline with minimum 1 years of related experience or PhD in similar with 0 years of related experience..
  • Experience in precision cleaning and clean process development with the aerospace industry preferred.
  • Knowledge in two or more of the following areas:
    • Passivation, detergent, aqueous, and alkaline cleaning methods
    • Developing and certifying new cleaning precision cleaning methods
    • Cleaning and contamination effects of optical and propulsion systems
    • Cleanroom operations, protocols and practices
    • Managing controlled environments with hazardous chemicals for safety and work efficiency
    • Materials identification and analysis techniques
    • Sampling and evaluation of non-volatile residues and particulates
    • Contamination control engineering
  • Excellent communication skills, attention to detail.
  • Experience making reports and/or presentations, and strong organizational skills are required.
  • Strong leadership skills to be transdisciplinary with multiple JPL organizations and project management.

 

Desired Skills:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or Chemistry.
  • 2-5 years of experience in precision cleaning and clean process development, and verification, for aerospace applications.
  • 2-5 years of experience managing controlled environments with hazardous chemicals for safety and work efficiency.
  • Experience in four or more of the following areas:
    • Passivation, detergent, aqueous, and alkaline cleaning methods
    • Developing and certifying new cleaning precision cleaning methods
    • Cleaning and contamination effects of optical and propulsion systems
    • Cleanroom operations, protocols and practices
    • Managing controlled environments with hazardous chemicals for safety and work efficiency
    • Materials identification and analysis techniques
    • Sampling and evaluation of non-volatile residues and particulates
    • Contamination Control Engineering
  • Experience with Flight System, Spacecraft, or Scientific Instrument contamination control tasks.
  • Experience as a lead clean process engineer for multiple flight projects.
  • Experience with microbiology lab practices and sterile handling.

 

 

Work Authorization

No Restrictions

Connect with Us

Not ready to apply? Connect with us for general consideration.

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

EEO is the Law
EEO is the Law Supplement
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here.