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About the Agency

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

NASA's Recent Graduates program provides an opportunity for individuals to gain experience in Federal civil service positions at the beginning of their careers. Participants are placed in a dynamic, one-year career development program which may include specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmental activities. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to term or permanent positions.

Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program, be provided a mentor, and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations.

This position serves as a trainee in the Safety and Mission Assurance Integration Branch of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. This is a developmental position with assignments training directed toward providing the capability of eventually performing the full scope of Extravehicular Activity Safety and Reliability Engineer duties. Works under a close supervision of a Senior Extravehicular Activity Safety and Reliability Engineer who oversees on-the-job training, furnishes advise, and is available for consultation.

KEY REQUIREMENTS You must be a U.S. citizen Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's or Master's degree Position is Excepted Service-Excluded from the Career Transition Program Position subject to pre-employment background investigation This is a drug-testing designated position

DUTIES: Back to top This position is part of the NASA Pathways Recent Graduate Program which is a formal training program. You may be required to perform rotational assignments in various organizations.

Serves as an Extravehicular Activity Safety and Reliability Engineer for Government Furnished Equipment responsible for system development and certification, ensuring proper requirements, design procedures, and resources are in place to meet Federal Agency and JSC requirements for personnel and property.


-Assists in hardware/software development and operations for the International Space Station, Commercial Crew Program, and Advanced Exploration Systems Programs and Projects.

-Coordinates Safety and Mission Assurance activities as the Safety Engineer to the Extravehicular Projects Office's Extravehicular Mobility Unit Tools Panel, Extravehicular Mobility Unit Hardware Panel, and Extravehicular Configuration Control Board.

-Performs design assessments, safety assessments and hazard analyses to identify hazards and determine compliance with project safety requirements; provides system safety input and design changes to eliminate, reduce, or control hazards and negotiate final resolution at boards and panels.

-Ensure a thorough system safety engineering analysis has been accomplished and the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Space Suit Assembly hardware design and operational requirements have been satisfied prior to EMU hardware certification for flight.

-Reviews mission rules, crew procedures, and on-orbit operations to assure that safe operation is not compromised.

-Coordinates with NASA project and organizational representatives in assessing operational hazards, and recommends approaches and preparations to facilitate safe and successful mission objectives.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top A Master's degree is preferred.

To be eligible for this position, you must:
Be a U.S. citizen;
Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment; and
Have completed degree requirements within the last two years. If you were unable to apply for Pathways Recent Graduate jobs due to active duty military service, you are eligible for two years after your release or discharge for active duty, up to six years after completing degree requirements.

To qualify for the GS-9 level, in addition to the basic education requirement, you must meet one of the
criteria listed under education qualifications.


A bachelor's degree in one of the preferred fields with at least 1 year of specialized experience.

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience in the same or similar work equivalent to at least the next lower level (GS-7). Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:

-Knowledge of hardware engineering, safety and quality assurance, development of hazard analysis, fault tree analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, and Risk Assessment for flight systems.
-Knowledge of or experience with flight operations programs.
-Ability to effectively communicate complex and technical issues, both verbally and in writing, to senior colleagues within Safety and Mission Assurance or Program organizations.

Many NASA positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete
description of your educational achievements. Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled.
Specific requirements will be identified in each vacancy announcement.

A Master's degree is qualifying for the GS-9 level.

Basic Education Requirement: A master's degree from an accredited college or university with major study
in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

You must indicate your major as well as your degree in order to receive full consideration.
You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your application, including your answers to the NASA-specific questions, to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Candidates may be further evaluated based on preferred areas of study described above.

Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply. Veteran's preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link .

Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.

BENEFITS: Back to top
You can review our benefits at:

OTHER INFORMATION: You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

You may be promoted to higher grades; however, promotions are not guaranteed.

You will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.

You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Recent Graduate appointment.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. Failure to submit a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume using the resume builder available on the USAJobs site. NASA does not accept uploaded resumes created outside of the USAJobs resume builder process. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through the USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be transferred to a NASA website and asked to complete a short series of NASA-specific questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. If you successfully apply, USAJobs will show your application status as 'resume received - complete' (if your status is 'Application Started', you have not successfully applied.) Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume to:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
4200 Rideout Road
Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.

DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resume requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements .

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the NASA supplemental questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

About National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The NASA Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contracts provide for issuance of delivery orders that will specify data associated with system testing and integration, launch, in-space maneuvers, braking burns, lunar landing and other enhanced capabilities. Knowledge acquired from this data will be applied to the development of lander systems necessary to execute human and robotic missions to the moon, near-Earth asteroids or other solar system destinations. They will contribute to NASA's efforts to enable affordable and sustainable space exploration.