NASA is looking for someone who will be part of its aerospace engineering workforce, but there are some concerns about the job market for a new engineer.
The space agency hired several engineers in 2016, including one to work on its Next Generation Next Generation program.
But many aerospace engineers in recent years have left for other roles, and there are concerns about their ability to adapt to the changing workforce.
As a result, NASA has asked for someone with engineering background to work with its new chief engineer.
“NASA wants an aerospace engineer who has proven that he or she is a valuable and capable leader and leader with skills in aerospace engineering and engineering management,” said Jason Lutz, deputy associate administrator for NASA’s science, technology, and operations, at a recent meeting of the agency’s engineering leadership group.
That was not an accident.
For decades, aerospace engineers have been needed in many NASA jobs, including the agencys research, development, and deployment programs.
The agency needs a large and talented workforce that can adapt to changes in the workplace and work closely with contractors and industry partners.
“The human-centered workplace is a fundamental part of the science and technology innovation agenda,” Lutzz said.
The next generation of aerospace engineers could play a key role in the agency, which needs to focus on developing technologies that can save lives.
“It is important for us to develop technology that can reduce the time that a human can spend on a mission,” said Scott Coyle, director of the Space Policy Institute at Georgetown University, a think tank.
Lutzes goal is to find a person with engineering expertise in a variety of areas, including industrial design, product development, computer science, and robotics.
The engineering group that is interviewing applicants for the job is expected to submit its hiring proposal to NASA in the coming weeks.
It is not yet clear who is being considered for the position, but NASA officials are expecting to make a final decision in the fall.
The job is not necessarily related to NASA’s Space Launch System rocket program, which is under contract to Lockheed Martin, the aerospace giant that built the Atlas V rocket and Orion capsule that will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
But some of the other major components of NASA’s future space program, including Orion, are also under contract with Lockheed.
“We’re going to need to have engineers who can be ready for that,” Luthz said.
In fact, Lutzed’s role as chief engineer at NASA is one of the biggest opportunities for the agency to recruit for a role that will require an engineering background.
NASA also has to figure out how to manage the massive increase in the number of astronauts.
“I don’t think the space agency has been prepared for that level of growth,” Luttz said, noting that NASA has already increased its crew by 1,000 since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.
The total number of crew members on the International Series flights to the space station is now more than 2,300, with another 1,100 astronauts expected to join the flights next year.
In addition to increasing the number, NASA is also trying to build up its space station capabilities.
The International Space Operations Center (ISSOC), which is located on the edge of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, has been ramping up its human spaceflight capabilities, including launching astronauts from space.
The ISSOC is also working on the Orion crew capsule, which has been the subject of several bids by private companies, including SpaceX, Orbital ATK, and Boeing.
Luttaz said the ISSOC team is now preparing to launch two more crew capsules to the station in the near future.
“With these launches, we will be able to launch crews from the International Crew Operations Facility to the orbiting outpost,” Lutz said.