Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Safety Engineer - NASA Goddard

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


Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is constantly expanding our capabilities to meet the ever-evolving needs of our clients while adhering to our core values, which include national service, trustworthiness, integrity and candor, broad expertise, stability and security, and teamwork. Our mission at SPA is to provide timely and objective analysis and integrated technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business solutions in support of important national security objectives. We believe we can best support our client by aligning everything we do with their critical missions with a focus on future needs. 


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. 



The successful NASA Safety Engineer will 1)  Review, analyze, and prepare 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, 2)  Oversee critical lifts of spaceflight hardware,  3)  Review and analyze 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, 4)  Conduct 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, and 5) Prepare test plans, monitor results, and prepare final test reports,  6)  Conduct special analyses as directed, and 7) Prepare materials for presentations and participates in design reviews, technical interchange and related meetings. 


  • BS in Engineering or related discipline.
  • 5-10 years of directly related experience.
  • 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.
  • 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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