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Industrial Designer

Houston, TX · Architecture/Engineering
JOB SUMMARY:
This position will support the Center for Design and Space Architecture (CDSA) on-site at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, and will include working with an existing team to develop human exploration concepts such as habitats, lander, and rovers. 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Using computer-aided design (CAD) software to design the interior of a habitat/lander/rover that will be used for Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) testing at variable atmospheric conditions
  • Converting/updating interior models to increase fidelity as material selections are made
  • 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 water jetting components
  • Collaborating with the design team and the Lead Designer to review concepts, synthesize design elements, and plan design work.
  • Assembling and installing components, hardware, and systems 
Specific Duties include:
  • Design and prototypes concepts at varying fidelity to meet functional requirements
  • Create construction documents
  • Transition ideas into digital models using Rhino3D
  • Build/assemble/install components, structures, etc.
  • Work with clients/subject matter experts to interactively develop design concepts to meet their needs and requirements
  • Individually attend meetings, takes notes, asks questions, captures knowledge, and accurately relays gathered information to the team 
  • Work well with design teams in both collaboration and critique
  • Generate renderings, animations, diagrams, and other visual communication products
  • Quickly transition ideas into digital models using CAD (preferably Rhino 6)
  • Individually attend meetings, take notes, ask questions, capture knowledge, and accurately relay information to the team.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: 

Required
The candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Design, Industrial Design, Architecture or closely related field, with a portfolio and prior experience that demonstrates their ability to design products and illustrates their expertise in physical construction and digital design.

The candidate must have a refined knowledge of the iterative design process and exhibit professionalism through all aspects of collaboration, critique, and design communication.
The candidate must have a portfolio and prior experience that demonstrates their ability to create high-quality visual products and communicate concepts effectively.     

Desired:
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.

SKILLS/TRAINING:

Required
Excellent design and construction skills involving multiple physical and digital mediums. Effective interpersonal communication and teamwork. Experience and skill in Rhino3D and Adobe software suites are required.

Desired:
Excellent organization and planning skills. Shop experience accompanied by skills with a variety of tools and machines.
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