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Engineer Mechanical

Company: Northrop Grumman
Location: Palestine
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Category: Engineering Location: Palestine, Texas US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes Clearance Type: None Telecommute: No -Teleworking not available for this position Shift: 1st Shift Travel Required: Yes, 25 % of the Time Positions Available: 1

Peraton provides management and technical support for NASA's scientific balloon program which supports enabling science missions for NASA and universities across the United States and foreign scientific communities. Scientific balloon missions provide researchers inexpensive, relatively quick, long duration access to near space altitudes and environments. Balloon missions cost orders of magnitude less than satellite missions and provide platforms for heavy experiments (some greater than 5000 lbs) to operate for weeks and even months. Balloon missions have provided significant science theories and discoveries about cosmic rays, gamma ray and x-ray astronomy, optical and UV astronomy, atmospheric sciences, and cosmic microwave background studies. Our staff are located at the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) in Palestine, TX where we design, analyze, build and assembly the support hardware and balloon gondola payloads for the missions. We launch the balloons from locations within the United States (Texas, New Mexico, and Hawaii) and around the world including Antarctica, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia. Our engineers and technician staff support the launches and balloon and payload recoveries in the US and many worldwide locations. Peraton's NASA Balloon Operations Contract (NBOC) program is seeking a Mechanical Engineer to join our team in Palestine, Texas. We are seeking a candidate to perform thermal evaluations of the balloons and payloads to ensure their survival and operation during ascent and float. The successful mechanical engineer is provided opportunities to assess and evaluate the science payloads (experiments) to survive environmental conditions, as well as to support the design of thermal protections or enhancements. Assignments will include:

  • Thermal analysis and/or design for NBOC CSBF components to be flown in support of NASA high-altitude balloon missions
  • Coordination with science teams and perform analysis to determine thermal effects on integrated balloon payloads to ensure NBOC CSBF components meet requirements
  • Coordinate with science teams and provide environmental parameters for balloon missions
  • Develop mechanical models/assemblies using provided CAD software
  • Present thermal analysis results at customer meetings
  • Work with the integration team to ensure that thermal model recommendations are addressed in the integrated balloon gondola payload.
  • Support thermal model validation efforts using flight data

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent) and 3 years of experience
  • Effective communication, documentation, and problem solving skills
  • CAD software experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Thermal Desktop
  • Familiarity with SolidWorks

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

Keywords: Northrop Grumman, Tyler , Engineer Mechanical, Other , Palestine, Texas

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