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On-site Chief Training Officer– SkillBridge Internship, HOUSTON, TEXAS

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Houston, Texas

Full time



On-site Chief Training Officer– SkillBridge Internship

On-site Chief Training Officer– SkillBridge Internship

Belong. Connect. Grow. with KBR!

KBR Science and Space Solutions has an innovative, high-performance culture that challenges the space industry status quo. We deliver the impossible to a range of space-faring government and private industry organizations, building a better future for all of us. People working in our flexible and collaborative workspaces are the heart of our worldwide success.  Won’t you join us as we return to the Moon, develop the space economy, and boldly go where no one has gone before?

Does the idea of space flight and exploration appeal to you?  Would you excel in an environment where you will find yourself making critical decisions?  If so, NASA’s Flight Operations Directorate (FOD) team of Chief Training Officers (CTOs) would like to talk to you. 

Astronauts, flight controllers, instructors, simulators, and facilities must all be certified for readiness, and a team of training management specialists leads the charge.  This CTO team is responsible for leading multi-discipline teams in the planning, prioritizing, conducting, and assessing of astronaut, flight controller, and instructor training for human spaceflight. The successful candidate for this CTO team position demonstrates foundations of professional excellence through discipline, competence, confidence, responsibility, toughness, teamwork, and vigilance. 

At KBR we are committed to our Nation’s Military and Veteran’s through our partnerships with Hiring our Hero’s and DoD Skillbridge.  We attract the best minds in the world because our expertise thrives on creativity, resourcefulness, and collaboration. 


These Skillbridge opportunities are filling full-time positions on the program and our goal is to provide you a full-time offer once you have successfully completed your Skillbridge Internship! 

Located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, KBR is seeking experienced candidates who have served our country through the various branches of the US Military.

CTOs design and integrate efficient training plans for all flight phases. They are responsible for individual and team performance and integrating and communicating plans for a wide variety of training formats. CTOs develop and use best practices to enhance efficiency for low earth orbit programs including the International Space Station (ISS), Commercial Crew, Commercial Resupply, and Human Exploration and Operations programs such as Artemis, Gateway, and Human Lander Systems. KBR CTOs also work with Private Astronaut providers on training and space flight preparedness. Example responsibilities include: 

Defining training requirements and assessing training capabilities

Establishing or adapting training objectives and material

Ensuring the effectiveness of workarounds or solutions to resource challenges

Tracking training-related risks

This role requires a high degree of awareness of training objectives and the means of achieving them, as well as the ability to integrate specialized input from NASA and International Partner team members in the development of a team plan.

CTOs routinely integrate training content at the Program level, which involves close coordination between FOD and its supported Programs, International Partners, Commercial Vehicle providers, and external customers. These interfaces require the integration of diverse cultural considerations and opinions to reach an achievable path forward.  A CTO will accomplish this via participation in FOD and related Program boards and panels, where they regularly present integrated training concepts, requirements, statuses, and flight readiness.  This can involve conducting multi-party telecons and presenting at boards, panels, and working groups at NASA Centers, Commercial Company sites across the US, and International Partner across the globe.  Completion of the CTO certification process and formal CTO certification are required.

In addition to these primary roles, CTOs support other assignments to best utilize their unique skills, experience, and interests.  These include but are not limited to:

Serving as chair of FOD working groups and panels intended to integrate training requirements across FOD organizations, International Partners, and external providers.

Developing and testing simulator loads to ensure adequate training capability for crews and flight control teams.

Identifying and developing innovative training methods, techniques, and initiatives in response to training gaps and mission design changes

Monitoring of training and certification metrics

Benchmarking training processes throughout industry



Education/Experience Required:  Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or other technically related area and 5+ years of related experience.

Broad background in operations and training

Subject matter expertise in training and certification processes

Technical knowledge of mission systems, flight software, and crew/ground procedures

Experience in technical leadership related to the instructor and/or the flight controller task.

Proven ability to mentor within close-knit teams.

Proven ability to form and lead diverse technical teams.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Ability to effectively communicate and understand complex technical and training issues as they relate to spacecraft and simulator systems, and to work with International and Commercial Partners and senior Flight Operations and Program personnel to resolve those issues.

International and domestic travel

Must be able to apply for and successfully receive and maintain security clearance per eligibility requirements.

Highly desired:

Current or previous Flight Controller certification and instructor certification

Familiarity with crew and flight controller training

Experience with simulation software development and verification 

International and domestic travel will be required.

KBR Benefits?

KBR offers a selection of competitive lifestyle benefits which could include 401K plan with company match, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, AD&D, flexible spending account, disability, paid time off, or flexible work schedule.  We support career advancement through professional training and development.?  Click here to learn more:  KBR Benefits

Inclusion and Diversity at KBR?

At KBR, we are passionate about our people, sustainability, and our Zero Harm culture.  These inform all that we do and are at the heart of our commitment to, and ongoing journey toward being a more inclusive and diverse company.  That commitment is central to our team of team’s philosophy and fosters an environment of real collaboration across cultures and .  Our individual differences and perspectives bring enhanced value to our teams and help us develop solutions for the most challenging problems.  We understand that by embracing those differences and working together, we are more innovative, more resilient, and safer.  We Deliver – Together. ?Click here to learn more: Inclusion and Diversity at KBR

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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