Pressure Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 10901

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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.


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 Mechanical Engineer you will be working for JPL's Mechanical Fabrication and Test Section which maintains technical support facilities and resources that provide the services required to fabricate, assemble, and test electro-mechanical developmental and flight hardware.  This Section develops and matures equipment and technologies, which enable and enhance our fabrication and environmental test capability for current and future missions.   


  • Responsible for generating and reviewing documentation for the laboratory’s ground based pressure systems
  • Performing engineering analyses and life assessments on pressure systems
  • Assessing component ratings, system schematics, and system design
  • Assessing the risk associated with the operation of each pressure system per the JPL/NASA PV/S requirement
  • Evaluating hazardous gas systems and new pressure vessel systems to be installed
  • Participate in laboratory meetings as an expert in pressure system design and safety and provide guidance to division personnel as required
  • Serve as a resource for internal and external organizations and perform other duties as assigned

******IMPORTANT******* This position, because of its associated job duties, has been determined by JPL to be safety-sensitive as defined in JPL's Drug Free Workplace Requirement. An employee holding this position will be subject to periodic, unannounced, random drug testing. Please refer to JPL's Drug Free Workplace Requirement for more information. Candidates who are hired into designated safety-sensitive positions will be included in a pool from which individuals are randomly selected to participate in the unannounced drug testing.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or a related technical discipline with 3 years of related experience, or Master's degree in similar discipline with 1 year of related experience or PhD in similar discipline
  • Must have broad understanding, with technical expertise and experience, in the following areas: pressure vessels, pressurized components, piping systems safety,  pressurized system operation,: ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes, Process Safety Management, Hazardous Materials, Hazard Analysis, and Non-Destructive Testing
  • Must be a self-starter and task-oriented team player with strong customer service skills and excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication, presentation and planning skills
  • Must be a communicator and analyst of pressurized systems with the ability to think both within and beyond the codes associated with those systems and effectively communicate requirements and solutions to a diverse customer base
  • Must be computer literate and experienced in the use of CAD and MS office programs

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or related technical discipline similar disciplines with one year of related work experience
  • Broad understanding, technical expertise and experience in the following areas: Extensive working knowledge in pressure systems engineering: Ability to effectively interface with multiple levels of management, operations personnel and technical experts: Evaluate customer engineering requirements and devise solutions: Non-Destructive Testing methods: Visual Testing (VT), Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Radiographic Testing (RT), or Penetrant Testing (PT): Strong working knowledge with ASME Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Codes, Cal/OSHA Unified Pressure Vessel Code, hydrogen systems, acutely hazardous gas systems, cryogenic systems, hazardous materials, and federal, state, and local regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations.
  • Technical review of work performed by peers and subordinates
  • Knowledge of configuration management practices
  • Ability to creatively resolve non-conformances and successfully re-design pressurized systems with minimal impact to the customer
  • Willingness and flexibility to take on assignments outside area of expertise.
  • Capable of exploring both new and existing technologies to improve the performance of the team
  • Ability to provide direction and mentoring to other personnel within the organization

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