Systems Engineer (Systems Safety & Reliability Analyst)
Sierra Nevada Corporation - Louisville, CO

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Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the US Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market. We are looking for those interested in making commercial space travel a reality, by becoming part of the Dream Chaser program. SNC is looking to take Commercial Crew Development to the level, and qualified engineers with hands on experience will manned space flight will have that opportunity.

Serves primarily as the Space Exploration System human spaceflight Systems Safety and Reliability Analyst. Reports to the Dream Chaser program Safety and Mission Assurance Manager. Develops Dream Chaser hazard analysis and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis. Supports the development of probabilistic risk models, reliability analysis and reliability allocation products as required. Coordinates with Dream Chaser and partner technical personnel to develop integrated technical data, analysis and products. Senior engineer with experience in human spacecraft safety analysis is a requirement.

Understanding Human Spaceflight systems safety analysis and safety management standards, processes, methods and tools.
Ability to understand, organize, plan, and execute safety and reliability analysis activities.
Ability to perform technical review of systems safety analysis products, including hazard analysis and failure modes effects and criticality analysis.
Ability to evaluate engineering designs and operational plans to identify potential hazards and evaluate the adequacy of planned controls and verifications.
Ability to evaluate engineering components to identify potential failure modes, identify their criticality, and evaluate the adequacy of proposed critical item retention rationale.
Ability to exercise independent judgment with regard to the resolution of complex technical problems and ability to interact with other internal departments, external departments, and outside vendors, outside subcontractors, NASA personnel, and customers.
Ability to prepare material for, and conduct, periodic progress reviews for senior management and appropriate customer representatives
Ability to negotiate agreements and perform problem resolution wrt safety review products and processes.
Scheduling – Responsible for planning and scheduling analysis activities to meet program milestones.
Metrics - Responsible for developing metrics designed to identify areas within DCSS Safety and Mission Assurance that might be targeted as performance improvement opportunities
Maintaining project scope within proposed requirements including work of subordinates
Maintaining project schedule with proposed requirements
Maintaining project work hours within proposed and program requirements
Provide estimates of labor hours and material dollars required to accomplish engineering design and development activities
Punctuality to work each day and prepared to work scheduled work hours
Other duties as assigned

SNC job descriptions are meant as summarization’s only. They do not necessarily reflect all duties and responsibilities of a position.

Minimum physical requirements to perform all duties and responsibilities, as defined by management



BS/BA minimum in related technical field


Excellent communication skills required
Ability to rapidly work with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large engineering teams
Previous experience and skills in project definition, simulation, implementation, lab integration and test
Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, face-paced environment with emphasizes in rapid prototyping and fielding of capabilities

Note: Ability to obtain/maintain a security clearance may be required

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Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nev., is one of America’s fastest growing private companies based on its...