NASA Ames Research Center is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley and has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics and space exploration for more than 76 years with their main goals being to:
• Maintain expertise in information technology, aerospace and aeronautics research and engineering.
• Conduct research in space, Earth, lunar and biological sciences.
• Develop lead status for NASA in small spacecraft missions.
• Expand public and private partnerships.
• Contribute innovative, high performance and reliable exploration technologies.
To this end the center has very sophisticated and complex facilities that support the development of the necessary technologies to meet these goals. Facilities include but are not limited to:
• Wind Tunnels - The Center’s wind tunnels are known not only for their immense size, but also for their diverse characteristics that enable various kinds of scientific and engineering research.
• ArcJet Complex- Providing ground-based hyperthermal environments in support of Thermal Protection Materials, Vehicle Structures, Aerothermodynamics, and Hypersonics.
• Flight Simulators - real-time piloted simulation, realistic sensory cues, and the greatest motion range of any flight simulator in the world.
• 20-G Centrifuge - creates artificial gravity forces by spinning and can simulate up to 20 times the normal forces of gravity we experience on Earth
• Hover Test Facility - perform small scale experiments in hot gas ingestion and jet effects for aircrafts and UAVs
The NASA Ames System Safety and Mission Assurance Division (Code QS) is responsible for identifying, assessing, & minimizing the Center’s risk by performing various system safety and mission assurance functions including. Several of the main tools the Division implements in achieving the above are; hazards analysis, work package inspections and audits, root cause analysis, corrective action planning, process improvements, and risk based requirements flow down and execution such that all the Center’s projects and line organizations comply with the appropriate requirements and address the areas of highest risk.
The immediate need is for a Facility Systems Safety (FSS) Engineer with expertise in aerospace facilities and ground equipment and proficiency in performing all of the analysis referenced in NASA-STD-8719.7 (FACILITY SYSTEM SAFETY GUIDEBOOK) including:
• Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA)
• Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
• Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
• Facility Hazards Analysis (FHA)
In this role, the individual will perform hazard analysis and risk assessments of all energy sources associated with their assigned projects including electrical, chemical, thermal, mechanical, radiation, pneumatic/hydraulic, and inertial in accordance with Agency and Center requirements documents listed below:
• NPD 8700.1 NASA Policy Directive; NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success
• NPD 8730.5 NASA Policy Directive; NASA Quality Assurance Policy
• NPR 7120.5 NASA Procedural Requirements; NASA Procedural Requirements; Program and Project Management Requirements
• NPR 8000.4 Risk Management Procedural Requirements
• NPR 8715.3 NASA Procedural Requirements; NASA General Safety Program Requirements
• NASA-STD-8719.7 (FACILITY SYSTEM SAFETY GUIDEBOOK)
• NASA-STD-8719.13 NASA Software Safety Standard
The FSS Engineer will report to the ARC Systems Safety and Mission Assurance Division Chief.
• Perform hazards analysis and risk assessments for facility/ground equipment systems over all phases of their lifecycle.
• Provide support for handling anomalies during project development and operations. Support includes analyzing telemetry and providing independent assessments of project's anomaly resolution strategies.
• Provide support for anomaly reports, activity requests, problem reporting, corrective action resolution and closures.
• Participate in project milestone reviews or meetings, as directed by ARC Code QS Division Chief.
• Participate in project planning activities (meetings, reviews, tabletop sessions) for the purposes of scoping the FSS activities for each project in question based upon the size and complexity of the project; and to ensure that those activities are/were being executed in compliance with appropriate requirements.