NASA Aerospace Human Factors Engineers are experts in understanding how humans can affect an otherwise automated or mechanical system. In other words, Human Factors Engineers know how “just being human” can affect the way a pilot flies. Their job is to anticipate what problems may arise and how to deal with the underlying issues before problems can occur. To do this, Human Factors Engineers use a number of tools including cognitive psychology, biomechanics, and experimental psychology. The engineers also devise a number of tests and evaluations for pilots that help experts understand and anticipate how human emotion and the physical condition (such as stress or fatigue) can affect the aircraft and flying performance. Human Factors is an emerging field and as space travel progresses, Engineers of Human Factors will continue to be on the front lines, leading the way in determining the best methods for accomplishing critical missions.
Aerospace Human Factors Engineers must constantly educate themselves on new and emerging technologies. Because much of their work is cutting edge, they must be especially creative in thinking out of the box and finding solutions to complex issues and problems.
Applicants must be United States citizens. At minimum, a four-year physical science, engineering, life sciences, computer science, mathematics, or related fields from an accredited university or college is required, though a PhD is preferred. Applicants must pass a background investigation as a condition of employment.
NASA will provide some training on the job.
This position often requires a lot of traveling. Transportation expenses on behalf of the job may be covered.
Salary and Benefits
NASA benefits include sick leave, short and long term disability protection, life and travel insurance, an employee assistance program, annual leave, paid Federal holidays, and a retirement plan.
$123,556.00 – $152,000.00