FGSE Engineer

Job Type
Wallops Island, VA
Competitive Salary & Benefits

Full Job Summary

Under limited supervision, this position supports the overall technical direction and design of engineered systems at the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) facility. Areas of support are: cryogenic, pneumatic, fuel, electrical, control, hydraulic, structural, HVAC, and water systems.


  • Perform designs and system reviews to verify systems are designed in accordance with national codes and standards, as well as verifying the system performance is optimal for requested need.
  • Work directly as MARS customer interface for capital projects and mission support.
  • Assist in requirements development with customers to verify requests are within available system operating parameters with proper margins.
  • Work with Operations and Maintenance Team to perform system activation, data analysis, system fine tuning, and assist in root cause analysis for non-conformances occurring within the FGSE.
  • Develop and review flow and stress analysis to verify system design is adequate and proper for operating conditions. This includes fluid and gas system modeling.
  • Provides guidance and instruction to junior engineering positions on design, functional and operational understanding of the launch pad and other systems. 
  • Directs coordination with other internal groups including Operations and Maintenance, Quality and Safety, and the management teams as needed.
  • Develops, reviews, and approves task requirements and task plans that include budget/cost estimates, schedule, and performance criteria, while maintaining compliance with all Management, Quality, Certification, Cleanliness Documentation, and Safety Policies.
  • Plans formal training for the MARS technical staff, as needed, to support maintenance and operation and required certifications.
  • Assists in the development of engineering process documentation, technical calculations, design review packages, certification packages, and overseeing all engineering related documentation for MARS.
  • Management and oversee the development of operational system parameters related to customer requirements.  
  • Supervises and participates in field inspections and reviews of operational launch pads and other systems to assess conformance with design and operational requirements.  
  • Supervises and generates system change documentation to increase operating efficiency, performance, safety, and reliability.
  • Responsible for oversight and management of maintenance, alteration, and operational tasks safely, efficiently and within allocated budget/schedule.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Covid-19 Vaccination


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and secure reliable transportation to the Authority’s Norfolk Office to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Offices and facilities on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
  • Must be able to maintain secured access to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and supporting facilities.
  • Position requires a strong base of knowledge of engineering practices and principles. Experience with pneumatic, cryogenic, hydraulic and other liquid, and control systems preferred.
  • Technical writing competency to portray ideas, detailed designs, and overall processes in a manner that is professional and concise with proper details. 
  • Requires ability to manage multiple major projects in parallel by both performing design work as well as being project engineer and overseeing all technical aspects.  
  • Must effectively demonstrate the ability to create plans, establish priorities and allocate resources to achieve a specific objective.
  • Must be flexible in working in across-disciplined environment with other engineers.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience


The employer will provide at no cost to the employee:

  • Health, Vision, and Dental insurance
  • Retirement contribution equaling 11% of your salary
  • Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, and Term Life insurance
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Additional Job Details

Opening/Closing Date
3/2/2023 - 3/7/2023
Remote Job
Telework Eligible
Travel Required
Travel to and from VCSFA properties and occasional other travel
Relocation Expenses Reimbursement
Not offered
Appointment Type
Supervisory Status
Security Clearance
Pre-Employment & Random Drug Test
Background Check
Required Documents
Documents to verify employment eligibility (I9)