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Softgoods Mentor - NASA HUNCH



Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2023
Position:Softgoods Mentor - NASA HUNCH
Reports To:Director of Projects - NASA HUNCH
Location:Houston, TX
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About Nanoracks

Nanoracks is a cutting-edge aerospace company focusing on providing commercial access to space, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), suborbital vehicles, expendable launch vehicles, and more! We have sent over 1,000 payloads to the Space Station, kickstarted the CubeSat deployment revolution, and have customers in over 30 nations.

Since 2009, Nanoracks has created and expanded new in-space markets and has been the world leader for ushering in a new era of in-space services. Currently, Nanoracks is working to build commercial space stations (“Outposts”) from the spent upper stages of launch vehicles in orbit. This technology will enable spent upper stages to be used as crewed and un-crewed space stations for various purposes and customers—both civil and commercial.

Nanoracks will provide and facilitate an ecosystem of interoperable technologies and distributed free flying space stations. You can read our approach here.

We hope you’ll apply to join our team. We work with leaders from all over the world, including NASA, universities and government centers both foreign and domestic, and commercial companies. We’re fast, fun, passionate, and love sending things to space.

What We're Looking For

Smart, talented, critical thinkers with an ability to handle responsibility in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. You will own your projects and be results oriented. Nanoracks is a small company (70+ awesome people), but we interface with much larger organizations from around the world. You will need to be able to work in small and large groups as well as simultaneously execute an entire project on time.

Softgoods Mentor - NASA HUNCH


The NASA HUNCH Softgoods Mentor has responsibility for supporting and leading the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) project in a designated region. The NASA HUNCH program provides an innovative, strategic, education partnership pairing NASA’s unique capabilities and experience with the ingenuity of high school and intermediate students in creating authentic hardware and softgoods for NASA to use in support of missions and research.

The NASA HUNCH Softgoods Mentor will work with the NASA HUNCH Projects Manager and the HUNCH technical team to support high school students and teachers at partner schools in the successful fabrication and processing of aerospace Softgoods for NASA. Support required by the NASA HUNCH Softgoods Mentor-SME includes providing technical training and troubleshooting to participating teachers on a regular basis.

Essential Duties:

  • Work in a safe and organized manor. Maintain and promote a safe, clean and organized work area at all times.
  • Assist in and support the fabrication and assembly of Flight Softgoods in compliance with NASA requirements and standards.
  • Perform fabrication, processing, inspection, quality assurance and documentation.
  • Create and maintain quality assurance records and documentation as required.
  • Perform raw material tracking and traceability control.
  • Assist and mentor high school students and teachers in aerospace assembly techniques and requirements.
  • Coordinate and communicate with other NASA organizations and stakeholders to meet all project commitments.
  • Lead and prioritize tasks required for NASA HUNCH Softgoods Specialists and mentors
  • Manage HUNCH Softgoods projects to ensure quality and timely delivery
  • Coordinate Softgoods project needs with HUNCH team members
  • Support management and tracking of all projects and inventory.
  • Estimate cost and delivery schedules ROMs (Rough Order of Magnitude) for project requests and as requested by Projects Manager.
  • Ensure all required equipment and tooling is available and properly maintained.
  • Provide weekly project status report to Projects Manager.
  • Other tasks as assigned by Projects Manager



  • Processing and assembly of NASA Space Flight Softgoods in compliance with NASA requirements and standards
  • Project management and scheduling
  • Space Flight Softgoods fabrication, processing and assembly in compliance with NASA requirements and standards
  • Fabrication, dimensional inspection drawings and NASA specifications
  • Adaptable/flexible and ability to handle multiple tasks in a high paced environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, customer service, presentation and personal
  • Exceptional team environment and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office

EEO Statement

It is our policy to select, place, train and promote the most qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran stats, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status. When applicable, our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, placement, lay-off, compensation, termination, reduction in force and benefits.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general content and requirements for performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter the scope of work within the framework of this job description at any time without prior notice.


Competitive with local and industry standard.