Student Trainee (Engineering)

Student Trainee (Engineering)

Us National Aeronautics And Space Administration

Student Trainee (Engineering)

Details of the offer



This position is in the NASA's Pathways Intern Program which provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful work experience. This position is for an engineering student trainee in the in the Chemical and Thermal Propulsion System Branch located in the Propulsion Division of the Research and Engineering Directorate at the NASA Glenn Research Center.


Typical duties of a Pathways Intern in the Chemical and Thermal Propulsion System Branch may include:
Tasks supporting efforts in the In-Situ Resource Utilization Project (ISRU) which is focused in this branch on research and development primarily for ISRU resource acquisition and rocket propellant production.
Lab experiments and develop analytical models and aimed at developing a basic understanding of a variety of principals related to soil mechanics and granular flow, including physicochemical processes such as...
(3 cont'd) water adsorption and hydrated minerals, granular transport, strength of different soils in different environments, dust management/mitigation, and traction and machine-soil interactions of Martian and/or lunar soils.
Skills in high-temperature chemical reactions such as reaction rates, mixing, heat transfer, and diffusion will be utilized.
Performing tests in thermal vacuum chambers.
Develop expertise in propulsion and propellant systems, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics and integrated propulsion system design.
Support the development of advanced chemical and thermal propulsion technologies in engine cycle design; modeling; analysis; cryogenic turbopump assemblies; cooled nozzles; propellant distribution and control subsystems; and subsystem integration.
May include at least one developmental rotation through a Branch in the Facilities, Test and Manufacturing Directorate.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee



Conditions of Employment

You must be a U. S. citizen or national.
Enrolled/accepted in an accredited educational institution.
Pursuing a bachelor's degree with at least 30 semester hours completed.
Maintain enrollment at least half time as defined by the institution.
Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale
You will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.
You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
Available to work at least 640 hours prior to completion of degree.
The position is expected to start no later than September 28, 2020. The selecting official would like the student to begin as soon as possible but no later than September 28, 2020.
You must have at least one calendar year remaining prior to graduation by the start date of your appointment. Indicate an expected completion date if you were selected for this position.
Candidates who indicate an expected completion date less than one calendar year from their available start date will be found ineligible. The answers you provide in the NASA Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to make this determination.
You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


The starting GS grade level you qualify for is based on education. You will be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify.
GS-4: Enrolled in a bachelor's degree program and have completed at least 30 semester hours or at least 45 quarter hours of undergraduate education.
GS-5: Enrolled in a bachelor's degree program and have completed at least 60 semester hours or at least 90 quarter hours of undergraduate education.
GS-6: Enrolled in a bachelor's degree program and have completed 90 or more semester hours or 135 or more quarter hours of undergraduate education.
You will only be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify.

The following majors are required: Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering* or Mechanical Engineering
Majors in Chemical Engineering are only qualifying for conversion if the curriculum includes or is supplemented by 9 semester hours (or the equivalent) in physics, thermodynamics, chemistry, or closely related fields.

To be eligible for this position, you must be pursuing a degree in engineering or physical sciences at an accredited educational institution.Degrees in engineering technology are not qualifying for this position.Engineering degrees must be from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum. To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to
Additional information

Interns may be promoted to higher grades based on the amount of education completed and acceptable performance. However, promotions are not guaranteed.
You will be expected to comply with Center Pathway policies located at:
Interns may work schedules not to exceed 1,040 hours per year (part-time or full-time on an intermittent basis). The supervisor and Intern will agree on a formally-arranged schedule of school and work rotations. A rotation is a defined period of work or school study, usually a semester, a summer, or a quarter in length.
Although this vacancy announcement is advertised for multiple grade levels, it is not intended to convey any implication nor expectation that positions will be filled at all grade levels.
This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional positions within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement.
You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Intern appointment.
Interns may be considered for conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completing degree requirements provided they:

Successfully complete an academic course of study with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.9 (on a 4.0 scale);
Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience before completing degree requirements;
Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which they are converted; and

Maintain acceptable performance.

Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that NASA will offer conversion.At NASA, term appointments last from one to six years. If an Intern is converted to a term appointment, they may later be converted to a permanent appointment without competing.
The Intern may be converted to an Aerospace Engineer position with full performance level GS-13 level.
How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and your answers to NASA-specific questions to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Your answers to the NASA-specific questions supplement your resume. Please be sure that your answers and your resume are accurate, as NASA is not authorized to alter them. If the information in your resume differs from your answers to the questions, we will use your answers to the questions to determine your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position.
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 granted based on what is supported by the documentation you provide. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required


Required Documents

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the 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 a short series of NASA-specific questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. 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 and your answers to the NASA-specific questions. For example, we will ask you to provide academic transcripts. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we will ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus the proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the requested documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw the job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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