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Jacobs Test Director in Houston, Texas

Test Director


Are you passionate about human space exploration or understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a dynamic and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your commitment, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe. We need you to bring innovative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will benefit the quality of life of people around the world. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on new challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working alongside NASA at centers across the United States.

We have the unique and significant role to partner with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), to be part of every human spaceflight program – the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts into deep space, and Gateway, the orbiting platform providing the home for astronauts to work and travel back and forth to the moon’s surface, and serving as the platform for deep space exploration. From critical systems on the ISS to enable astronauts to live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems leading to deep space exploration; to being part of the foundation for Gateway.

We also partner with NASA at JSC, the only NASA center in the United States to curate all astromaterial samples returned from exploration missions, to perform curation services, orbital debris analysis, and basic research to further humankind’s understanding of the origins of our solar system.

We need you to be a part of our team!


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We are currently in need of a Test Director to join our team with HX5, a JETS teammate company. Do you have the following skills?

As a Test Director you will:

  • Perform all associated duties as a test director, as allowed by certification, for a myriad of testing assignments, ranging from hardware prototype and qualification testing, to astronaut training in space suits, in support of the Crew and Thermal Systems Division at JSC

  • Direct, coordinate, and exercise functional authority for planning, organizing, control, integration, and completion of tests to satisfy NASA system requirements

  • Act as the primary voice on the communications loop for large scale test operations, with ultimate responsibility over test article and crew health and safety

  • Perform all functional duties of a test director to include requirements definition, test planning and development, scheduling & coordination with internal & external support agencies, cost estimation and tracking, risk assessment & mitigation, test buildup design & approval, directing test execution, and summary reporting

  • Develop test documentation to include plans, detailed test procedures, hazard analyses, emergency procedures, area notifications, schedules, test personnel assignments & certification documents, and closeout summary reports

  • Develop and brief presentations regarding test readiness to the Test Readiness Review Board

  • Maintain credibility and good customer rapport, as required, to perform successfully as a test director.

  • Adhere to appropriate safety, quality, and environmental practice, as well as business ethics practices

  • Serve as project manager for major test buildups to include schedule integration and budget tracking

  • Develop recovery plans and corrective actions to overcome challenges.

  • Overcome off-nominal conditions and adverse situations while maintaining tests and projects on schedule and budget

  • Work shifts outside of normal business hours and on weekends, as required, to support long-duration tests

  • Perform other duties as required


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience.

  • Requires at least 3 years of experience in a leadership role directing the work of others.

  • Must have proven experience exemplifying strong leadership qualities and exceptional oral and written communication skills

  • Must demonstrate the ability and desire to take charge of situations under adverse conditions.


  • Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering.

  • Experience in thermal-vacuum testing or other environmental testing is ideal.

  • A background in testing, and/or in working in a stressful, high visibility work environment is desirable.

Why Work on Our Team?

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please click on the links below:

See What We Do

Jacobs Aerospace Solutions Overview

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In addition to exciting career opportunities we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth

  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Come join our team and be a part of our future - we look forward to seeing you!

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Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

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-Texas-Houston

Req ID: AS0004S3