Senior Contamination Engineer (201201)

Position Summary: ILS is seeking an experienced engineer to negotiate and implement mission-enabling contamination requirements and controls for spaceflight systems and associated hardware. 

Under the Deep Space Logistics Engineering Support (LENS) contract, our employees will provide engineering support to NASA to review and assess activities of the Gateway Logistics Services (GLS) IDIQ Contract Commercial Service Provider(s). This effort may include the review and assessment of the requirements, design, analysis, testing, manufacturing, verification, validation, assembly, integration, checkout, mission preparations and operations required to deliver cargo and payloads to the lunar Gateway, or for other DSL mission projects and interests.

The Senior Contamination Engineer provides engineering and analysis support on behalf of our customers to determine, negotiate and implement mission-enabling contamination requirements and controls for the GLS systems and associated hardware.

Status: Immediate hire
Job Type: Full-time

Labor Category: Engineer III/IV
Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
Relocation: No
Citizenship Requirement: This position requires access to hardware and technical data subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or Export Administration Regulations (EAR) export control regulations. Accordingly, all applicants must be U.S. persons which includes U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents (i.e., Green Card holders), and or other protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Minimum Education/Experience:  B.S. degree in engineering or related discipline from an accredited engineering school and fourteen (14) years of related engineering experience or an M.S. degree in engineering or a related discipline from an accredited engineering school and ten (10) years of related engineering experience

Description of Duties

  • Support the derivation/development, documentation, and implementation of contamination controls for one of several spacecraft programs at the conceptual, design, and/or manufacturing stage.
  • Provide general insight (monitor and evaluate contractor design) at technical meetings with contractor/subcontractors.
  • Formulate contamination budgets and mitigation strategies that may include contamination modeling.
  • Monitor, review, facilitate and evaluate overall contamination control planning, implementation, and verification.
  • Work with other engineering disciplines to identify contamination sensitivities, develop appropriate risk-based contamination requirements, negotiate acceptance of requirements, and manage/facilitate implementation of the contamination control program.
  • Solve contamination problems encountered during fabrication, assembly, test, and transportation of space hardware.
  • Create, review, and implement contamination control documentation supporting the design, fabrication, assembly, test, and transportation of one-of-a-kind, highly specialized space hardware.
  • Directly interact with the NASA customer along with various NASA support contractors.
  • Participate in system failure and anomaly investigations, and conduct root-cause analysis
  • Based on analysis and observation, provide recommendations for concurrence or nonconcurrence with the Gateway Logistics Services Provider’s actions

Required Skills/Abilities/Certifications

  • Must successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Ability to work in a team environment consisting of NASA civil servants and various contractor employees.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with NASA commercial launch services vehicles and providers is highly desired.
  • 7 to 10 years of experience in Contamination Engineering or a related field, preferably with spacecraft hardware desired.
  • Ability and experience determining contamination sensitivities and deriving/negotiating contamination requirements based on instrument/system performance characteristics
  • Experience implementing contamination controls in collaboration with the design, hardware production, test and inspection functions
  • Experience with clean room operations and monitoring, materials, vacuum systems, hardware cleaning and inspection methods and knowledge of the space environment (vacuum, particulate and electromagnetic radiation, thermal, atomic oxygen).
  • Proficiency highly desired with contamination analysis software

Skills and Competencies

  • Good verbal, written, and listening skills required
  • Good interpersonal and customer relation skills required
  • Good presentation skills required
  • MS Office; PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook


How to Apply: Applicants who meet the minimum criteria stipulated above are requested to e-mail a resume to careers@ilscorporation.com.

Integrated Launch Solutions, Inc. (ILS) is a certified Woman Owned Small Business incorporated and headquartered in Merritt Island, Florida. Centrally located on the Space Coast, our team of experienced professionals and subject matter experts is helping the space launch industry shape the next generation of spacecraft, launch vehicle, launch range, and ground system integration services. We are currently working with commercial launch service providers, spacecraft developers, and launch site operators to streamline processes and enable rapid, responsive, cost effective, and safe launch services.  Visit www.ilscorporation.com to learn more about our support in the areas of launch complex design, activation and management; systems engineering; vehicle assembly, integration, and test; range integration; and launch operations.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, ILS supports equal pay for equal work and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.

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