This position provides Guidance, Navigation and Control flight control and training support to the International Space Station (ISS) Operations within the NASA JSC Flight Operation Directorate (FOD).
Duties will require successfully completing a training and skill certification process. Typically, the candidate will first train and become certified for a Mission Control Center console position, initially entering the training flow for either an Attitude Determination and Controller Officer (ADCO) certification or an Attitude and Pointing certification. The candidate will ultimately obtain both certifications. The candidate may subsequently attain additional certifications required to train astronauts, cosmonauts, flight controllers, and other NASA and International Partner mission operations personnel on ISS systems content.
Specific duties associated with flight control positions include maintaining a safe environment for astronauts onboard ISS to work and live; monitoring of real-time status and performance of ISS motion control systems; controlling ISS system operations from mission control; reporting status and anomalies to mission managers; determining mission impacts and implementing corrective actions; test and verification of operational products and analysis; integrating requirements with other systems and organizations; and the development and maintenance of operations products such as flight rules, console procedures, and technical references.
Individuals in this position may interface directly with the NASA customer, subcontractors, ISS program personnel, International Partners, and commercial vendors. Entry level certified flight controllers may work evenings and weekend shifts during noncomplex operations. Flight controllers may then achieve additional certifications after a period of time to support more complex operations, which frequently occur during day shifts. As a certified Instructor the individual will support shifts as needed, develop training materials, participate in the conduct of simulations, and instruct crew and mission operations utilizing a variety of media and facilities.
This is an entry-level position. Preferred position related experience 0-2 years. Bachelor's Degree or anticipate graduation within the next 6 months in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering (ABET). Knowledge of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to real-time operations is essential. Previous experience with or course work in basic engineering, orbital mechanics, and spacecraft flight dynamics is desired. Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, technical, and administrative skills are mandatory. Candidate must have a demonstrated ability to plan, lead, and coordinate a wide range of tasks. Candidate must demonstrate the ability to progress through flight controller and instructor certifications.
Candidate must be able to apply technical knowledge and operations concepts to exercise effective decision making and initiative in a real-time and fast-paced operational environment. Shift work (nights, weekends, and holidays) is required. Candidate must be able to support infrequent travel domestically or internationally. Russian, Japanese, or European language skills are a plus. Candidate is required to pass a standard flight controller physical examination prior to completing their first flight controller certification. This position requires successful completion of a government background check before commencement of employment.
External Referral Bonus:Ineligible
Potential for Telework:No
Clearance Level Required:Public Trust
Scheduled Weekly Hours:40
Job Family:Aerospace Engineering
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