Jacobs Control Systems Engineer in Huntsville, Alabama

Control Systems Engineer


The Engineering & Science Services and Skills Augmentation (ESSSA) contract provides engineering, scientific and engineering technician support to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL. Come join the team whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations!

To learn more about:

The ESSSA Group, visit http://YesWeAreRocketScientists.com

The Huntsville area, visit http://www.huntsville.org/

The Jacobs ESSSA Guidance, Navigation, and Control team is a high performing group executing challenging tasks to design and integrate GN&C systems for projects ranging from CubeSats to NASA’s Space Launch System and Mars Ascent Vehicle. We are searching for highly qualified candidates to support the Control Systems Design and Analysis branch at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

To be successful in this position, the applicant must be detail oriented, work independently and collaboratively, possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to:

  • Design, model, analyze, and test launch vehicle and spacecraft control systems.

  • Develop, modify, and maintain time and frequency domain software tools that predict flight performance under nominal, off-nominal, and Monte Carlo flight conditions.

  • Support software verification and validation efforts.

  • Work effectively in a multi-discipline team and provide technical guidance & insight.

  • Create, edit, and debug software written in C/C , Matlab, and Simulink.

  • Prepare and present technical reports and briefings.

  • Create and review engineering and software documentation.

Special consideration will be given to candidates that have the following additional experience:

  • Design, definition and development of flight control systems.

  • TVC, LITVC, RCS, slosh, pogo, rigid and flexible body dynamics, nonlinear control, orbital mechanics, filtering, and sensor fusion.

  • Guidance, navigation, and mission & fault management.

  • Space craft and launch vehicle systems.

  • Aerospace/defense industry.



Degree in Aerospace, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field from an ABET accredited institution is required.Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D., a Masters with at least 2 years of experience, or a BS with at least 6 years of experience.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Office environment. Requires ability to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely communication, both verbally and in writing (100%). Requires ability to interact professionally with co-workers, management, and client (100%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (<15%).

Physical Requirements

Requires sitting for extended periods of time in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (80%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (10%).

Equipment and Machines

Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%).


Normal workday is from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Minimal overtime may be required (10%) to meet schedule milestones and to support technical demands of the job. Regular attendance is a necessity and adequate arrangements for delegating duties during absences are required.

Other Essential Functions

The ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment is essential (100%). Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.


Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Alabama-Huntsville

Req ID: AS00021S