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CACI International NASA Lunar Power Architect and Systems Engineer in Houston, Texas

NASA Lunar Power Architect and Systems Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

Time Type: Full time

Minimum Clearance Required to Start: NACI

Employee Type: Regular

Percentage of Travel Required: Up to 10%

Type of Travel: Continental US

What You’ll Get to Do:

  • CACI is looking for a Lunar Power Architect and Systems Engineer with experience in space exploration or other aerospace power systems in support of NASA’s mission to establish an outpost on the lunar surface.

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is seeking to develop a lunar surface power system for its Artemis missions as well as for planned future commercial lunar surface activities. This power system will be composed of a number of assets which contain electrical loads and many of these also offer their own energy sources (e.g., Lunar Terrain Vehicle, Pressurized Rovers, and lunar landing systems). These assets can be interconnected to form an electrical grid, which allows power to be shared between the system’s distributed energy resources. This grid can provide backup power to existing assets as well as primary power to future assets.

  • The candidate selected for this high-visibility role will lead the development of an Interoperability Specification for assets engaged in lunar exploration and eventual base operations, thus impacting critical system design decisions and requirements surrounding the first extraterrestrial electrical grid in history.

  • This position requires a self-starting, capable person with strong verbal and written communication skills. In addition to outstanding technical expertise, the individual must possess strong customer relationship skills, have a positive team-player attitude, and be flexible and willing to take on new assignments and responsibilities as they arise. Finally, the most qualified candidate will be an articulate speaker able to communicate technical ideas in an effective manner, must share our passion for our Nation's Space Program, and share in the excitement of developing the next human-rated space vehicles.

More About the Role:

Job responsibilities include:

  • Deep understanding of energy storage, transmission, distribution, and conversion at the system level.

  • Reading and writing system-level requirement documents regarding a lunar power grid with multiple loads and energy sources used as system components.

  • Work with and coordinate various stakeholders within the Lunar Surface Power partnerships throughout the agency and private industry.

  • Contribute to the various NASA project lifecycle milestone reviews such as preliminary design reviews (PDR), system design review (SDR) and critical design reviews (CDR) for the individual assets that interface to the lunar grid.

This work takes place at NASA/JSC in Houston, TX, a highly stimulating and dynamic environment that is critical in human space flight and the space exploration initiative.

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident for access to US Government facilities.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or related disciplines required.

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of aerospace power systems experience required. More experience is valued.

  • Excellent people skills able to facilitate meetings with various stakeholders

  • Systems Engineering experience, especially involving the writing of requirements documents.

  • Must be flexible, open to new challenges in a dynamic environment, and possess strong technical expertise combined with strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with little supervision.

  • Must be a highly responsible, team-oriented individual with strong work ethic.

  • Must have highly developed coordination and organization skills.

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in power systems.

  • Experience with microgrids or other electrical power networks, especially in the context of space exploration.

  • Experience with power system stability, electrical protective devices, power conversion (such as dc/dc converters and transformers) and various electrical energy sources (such as batteries, solar arrays, fuel cells, etc).

  • Familiar with high-level power architecture decision processes.

  • Experience with NASA requirements documents

  • Experience in the NASA/JSC environment or other highly technical environment is a plus.

Company Overview: At CACI, you will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact by providing information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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