Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

  • Safety Engineer - NASA Goddard

    Job Locations US-MD-Greenbelt
    Quality Assurance
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    SPA’s Emerging Markets Group is responsible for a broad range of analytical, systems engineering, independent assessments, strategic planning, and technology research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) programs in support of new SPA markets, as well as the company’s San Diego office and portfolio.  This position supports the Safety and Mission Assurance Services II contract at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  The System Safety Engineer provides the Project Safety Manager and Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officer with assessment of and mitigation to hazardous systems with potential to cause harm to personnel or spaceflight hardware throughout the manufacturing process, from initial development, integration and testing, and range operations, to orbital insertion.


    Under general supervision, reviews, analyzes, and prepares contractor, subcontractor, and customer program submittals including accident risk assessment reports, preliminary hazard analyses, system hazard analyses, tracking of system hazard closure, ground and range safety and orbital safety procedures,  accident and incident investigation analyses.  Oversees critical lifts of spaceflight hardware.  Reviews and analyzes program development documentation for new and ongoing programs including design criteria, specification and drawing, test operations and maintenance procedures, safety equipment and personal protective clothing, and trade-off studies and sighting plans. Conducts independent and complex analyses to evaluate system design, accident risk factors, and hazard energy sources and recommends major abatement or mitigation actions to prevent or correct safety hazards.  Prepares test plans, monitors results, and prepares final test reports.  Conducts special analyses as directed.  Prepares materials for presentations and participates in design reviews, technical interchange and related meetings. 


    • Seven or more years of directly related experience.
    • BS in Engineering or related discipline.
    • Broad understanding of energy systems and mechanisms with potential to generate hazards.  Ability to assess root cause and corrective actions.   
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
    • Be a self-starter, able to work independently with little or no supervision.
    • Be pro-active as well as a team-player who is able to interface with technical and management personnel.
    • Ability to work in a cleanroom facility to include: wearing proper clean-room attire, standing for a full shift, climbing ladders/scaffolding, working at heights (in a man-lift), kneeling, and working in tight spaces around spaceflight equipment and hardware.



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