CDSA Industrial Designer for Human Spaceflight

KBR, Inc.

Houston, TX


CDSA Industrial Designer for Human Spaceflight

This position will support the Center for Design and Space Architecture (CDSA) onsite at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. The ideal candidate will leverage industrial design skill and spaceflight knowledge to create lighter, more robust, and more user-friendly products for human spaceflight. Our team works on a wide variety of projects, but you can expect to work on habitats for micro- and lunar gravity, pressurized and unpressurized rovers for the lunar surface, and full-scale mockups to support human-in-the-loop testing here on Earth. You will work on site at NASA Johnson Space Center and will routinely collaborate with engineers and scientists to ensure designs meet functional requirements, support the concept of operations, and integrate well with other systems.

Tasks may include:

• Using computer-aided design software (Rhino 7) to design and iterate spaceflight concepts ranging from small components to entire habitat layouts
• Designing and building prototypes to convey ideas and test designs
• Using the Adobe Suite to create diagrams and presentations to communicate design to stakeholders
• Using Virtual Reality (VR) to review and evaluate designs
• Creating accurate models and/or drawings for 3d printing, CNC, and/or waterjetting components
• Collaborating with the design team to review concepts, synthesize design elements, and plan design work.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

• Participate in regular team meetings to discuss activity and progress
• Design and prototype concepts at varying fidelities
• Generate renderings and other visual communication products
• Transition ideas into digital models using Rhino3D
• Builds/assembles/installs components, equipment, structures, etc.
• Works with subject matter experts to iteratively develop design concepts to meet their needs and requirements
• Individually attend meetings, take notes, ask questions, capture knowledge, and accurately relay information to the team

The candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, Mechanical Design or closely related field, with a portfolio and prior experience of five years that demonstrates their ability to design buildable products and illustrates their expertise in physical construction and digital design.
The candidate must have refined knowledge of the iterative design process and exhibit professionalism through all aspects of collaboration, critique, and design communication.

At least 3 years of professional experience that involved designing and building hardware, equipment, prototypes, or similar.

The candidate should have knowledge of space vehicles, extreme environment habitation, evaluation processes, ergonomics/anthropometrics, systems engineering, construction practices, and familiarity with human factors principles.

Excellent design and construction skills across multiple physical and digital mediums. Effective interpersonal communication and teamwork. Experience and skill in Rhino3D.

Excellent organization and planning skills. Extensive shop experience and skill with a variety of tools, machines, and materials.

Relocation assistance may be available

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.