Jen Scheer


For eight and a half years I was employed as a space shuttle technician at Kennedy Space Center. I started out working on shuttle ground support equipment in the orbiter processing facilities. This included monitoring the orbiters’ environmental control systems, DC Power supplies, contamination control systems, and more.

From 2004 to 2010, I worked on the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) Pods and Forward Reaction Control System (FRCS) modules at the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility. I worked mechanical and electrical tasks as well as Astro Arc tube welding of propellant lines and orbiter thruster bench testing. Ironically, technical work was actually only a tiny part of what I did, and barely scratches the surface of what I believe I am capable.

While I am mechanically inclined, I also have artistic abilities, a fairly unusual combination. I am an idea person- forever inventing things or coming up with new and innovative projects. I am the type of person who works harder and creates more value when I am not assigned to a particular task. I love coming up with creative solutions to complex problems, and I seek out those types of challenges whenever possible.

On October 1st, 2010, my job at Kennedy Space Center was complete. I left to pursue my next great adventure, though I’m not entirely sure what it will encompass. When I left, I had a dream of pursuing a wonderful project idea I had to educate middle and high school students in the engineering and mechanical skills required to for space exploration. I called it Project Mercury Rising and you can read all about it here. There’s a great article here that describes some of the challenges I faced in trying to get it underway. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though I can make it happen, and I recently returned to work in a different industry altogether.

I am also publishing a book of photos I took- of sunrises at Kennedy Space Center. Look for it in 2012.

If you are looking for someone with my skills and talents or are interested in collaborating or pursuing one of my ideas, please drop me an email (link is at the bottom right corner of this page).


Shuttle technician and beyond

Current positions

Freelance Artist/Photographer

Past positions:

Orbiter Operations Awards Board Chair

VP Florida State University Aviation Club


FAA Airframe & Powerplant license

BS in Occupational Safety & Health

Current projects:

Book- Kennedy Space Center Sunrises

Future Projects:

Book- Shuttle Program Workers’ Stories

Space Coast Think Tank

Friends & Collaborators:


Wish List:

A real mentor from the space industry

Co-working space in Merritt Island

Continued access to KSC after layoff

HD Hero Go Pro 2 camera

Personal assistant :)