Facility Systems Safety Engineer
Alphaport, Inc. Mountain View, CA

Alphaport, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Facility Systems Safety (FSS) Engineer at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) with expertise in aerospace facilities and ground equipment and proficiency in performing all of the analysis referenced in NASA-STD-8719.7 (Facility System Safety Guidebook) including:

  • Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Facility Hazards Analysis (FHA)

In this role, the individual will perform hazard analysis and risk assessments of all energy sources associated with their assigned projects including electrical, chemical, thermal, mechanical, radiation, pneumatic/hydraulic, and inertial in accordance with Agency and Center requirements documents listed below:

  • NPD 8700.1 NASA Policy Directive; NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success
  • NPD 8730.5 NASA Policy Directive; NASA Quality Assurance Policy
  • NPR 7120.5 NASA Procedural Requirements; NASA Procedural Requirements; Program and Project Management Requirements
  • NPR 8000.4 Risk Management Procedural Requirements
  • NPR 8715.3 NASA Procedural Requirements; NASA General Safety Program Requirements
  • NASA-STD-8719.7 (Facility System Safety Guidebook)
  • NASA-STD-8719.13 NASA Software Safety Standard

Facility Background

NASA ARC is located in the heart of Silicon Valley where it has been conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics and space exploration for more than 76 years. To enable this R&D, the center has very sophisticated and complex facilities that include but are not limited to:

  • Wind Tunnels – diverse characteristics that enable various kinds of scientific and engineering research
  • Arc Jet Complex – ground-based hyperthermal environments in support of Thermal Protection Materials, Vehicle Structures, Aerothermodynamics, and Hypersonics.
  • Flight Simulators – real-time piloted simulation, realistic sensory cues, and the greatest motion range of any flight simulator in the world
  • 20-G Centrifuge – creates artificial gravity forces by spinning and can simulate up to 20 times the normal forces of gravity we experience on Earth
  • Hover Test Facility – perform small scale experiments in hot gas ingestion and jet effects for aircrafts and UAVs

Job Responsibilities

The FSS Engineer will report to the ARC Systems Safety and Mission Assurance Division Chief for the duties listed below.

  • Perform hazards analysis and risk assessments for facility/ground equipment systems over all phases of their life-cycle.
  • Provide support for handling anomalies during project development and operations. Support includes analyzing telemetry and providing independent assessments of project's anomaly resolution strategies.
  • Provide support for anomaly reports, activity requests, problem reporting, corrective action resolution and closures.
  • Participate in project milestone reviews or meetings, as directed by ARC Code QS Division Chief.
  • Participate in project planning activities (meetings, reviews, tabletop sessions) for the purposes of scoping the FSS activities for each project in question based upon the size and complexity of the project; and to ensure that those activities are/were being executed in compliance with appropriate requirements.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently 

Education and Work Experience


  • BS Degree or equivalent additional experience and/or certifications
  • 5 years’ minimum experience in Facility Safety 
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