Electrician Engineering Technician
Functional Branch: Engineering
Position Type: NES, Full-Time
Grade Level: _MD ET4_
An exciting career opportunity exists for an experienced Electrician to become a member of a team of engineers and technicians who operate and maintain the Air Force’s and Department of Defense’s primary high Mach number and high Reynolds number facility for hypersonic ground testing.
This opportunity is being offered by National Aerospace Solutions, LLC at the Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel No. 9 (Tunnel 9) located at the Silver Spring, MD site of Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). Tunnel 9 provides aerodynamic simulation critical to hypersonic system development and hypersonic vehicle technologies at speeds from Mach 7 to Mach 18. Tunnel 9 is the highest Reynolds number, largest scale ground test facility in the world capable of simultaneously collecting continuous pitch polar static force and moment, pressure and heat transfer data during each run.
AEDC is the nation’s largest aerospace ground test facility complex that includes 58 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized test units. Twenty-seven of the test units have capabilities unmatched in the United States and 14 have capabilities unmatched in the world. Using its ground test facilities, AEDC supports propulsion, aerodynamic, reentry, trans-atmospheric and spaceflight systems testing.
NAS is committed to partnering with the Air Force to ensure the long-term viability of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) while ensuring mission success, ultimately securing AEDC’s long-term future and world-class superiority in aerospace and ground testing.
The successful candidate will inspect, install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair the electrical systems at AEDC’s Tunnel 9 in Silver Spring, MD. This position requires a high level of technical competence, attention to detail, ability to learn, and self-motivation. The candidate will be required to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and must adapt to changing priorities and schedules.
The candidate will perform a wide variety of technical, mechanical, electrical and manual work on facility subsystems. The employee will check out and prepare plant and test facility equipment; install and maintain facility systems; perform maintenance and servicing work required to keep facility equipment operational; determine the general condition of electrical equipment, troubleshoot electrical malfunctions, and implement necessary repairs. The employee will work with voltages ranging from 120V to 13kV. A thorough knowledge of hand tools and advanced electrical test equipment is required to perform work.
All work performed must be in compliance with electrical codes, standards and regulations. The ability to work from blueprints, drawings, layouts or other detailed electrical documentation is a necessity.
- Install, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain motors, motor control centers, transformers, lights, appliances, circuits, wiring, pneumatics and hydraulic equipment, and other electrical system equipment and components in compliance with electrical codes, standards and regulations.
- Install, troubleshoot and repair any of a variety of electrical equipment such as generators; transformers; switchboards; controllers; power circuit breakers; vacuum breakers; motor generator and brush rigging; controls and control input/output devices including switches, solenoids, potentiometers, pushbutton stations, motor operated valves; all sized breakers including stored energy switchgear type and their controls; heating units; machine shop equipment; air compressors; lighting; environmental systems and subsystems inducing heating and cooling; conduit systems or other transmission equipment.
- Determine general condition of all electrical equipment, troubleshoot electrical malfunctions and determine extent of necessary repairs.
- Ability to determine and clearly identify proper materials and material quantities for new and existing repair projects.
- Qualify at facility watch stations during operation of site equipment and operate equipment as needed.
- Work with voltage ranges up to and including 13.8K.
- Use of test equipment including high voltage proximity detectors, meters, loaded or unloaded and meggers, etc.
- Perform routine maintenance on all motors on premises including supporting motor generator sets and brush rigging.
- Work from blueprints, drawings, layouts, or other specifications.
- Develop as-built circuit diagrams and one lines.
- Locate and diagnose trouble in electrical system or equipment
- Perform work standard computations relating to load requirements of wiring or electrical equipment.
- Comply with all Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.
- Evaluate job hazards and communicate information to staff verbally and in writing through various venues in a timely manner.
- Work independently with minimal supervision.
- Communicate activities frequently with the engineering staff to establish specific electrical requirements.
- Ensure Safety as the priority utilizing the (LOTO) lock out tag system, the JSA, JSR, SDS documentation, proper electrical (PPE) personal protective equipment prior to the beginning and or during work.
- Use of hand tools, meters, and advance electrical test equipment required to perform work.
- Computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
- Maintain a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority.
- It is a condition of employment to wear company PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in accordance with supervisory direction and company policy.
- Perform other related duties as required or assigned.
- Must possess High School Diploma or equivalent.
- 7 years’ experience in industrial electrical maintenance. Equivalent experience in education, advanced electronics or other fields pertinent to the position may be substituted.
- Experience with safely working on and troubleshooting equipment that operate on or control such voltages as 125 volt AC, 250/125 volts DC, 3 phase 440/480 volts AC, 3 phase 208/240 volts AC, 4,160 volts AC.
- Must know how to read and/or construct elementary wiring diagrams (EWD), control wiring diagrams (CWD) and power distribution one lines for the purpose of troubleshooting, root cause analysis, and/or communication to others in the field.
- Have a good understanding of electrical protective devices such as (PT’s) potential transformers, (CT’s) current transformers, over current, under voltage and differential monitoring devices.
- Have computer skills to be able to use and interpret data in programs MS Word, Excel and Outlook.
- Background commensurate with successfully obtaining and maintaining a Secret security clearance level.
Due to Air Force Security requirements, U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at AEDC.
- Excellent communication, documentation, and interpersonal skills are essential.
- Requires work in confined spaces; must become trained/certified for such work.
- Prior experience with power plant or facility maintenance.
- Work with voltage ranges up to and including 13.8K.
- Schooling in electronics or instrumentation field.
- Active Secret Clearance.
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