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Test Ops Engineer I - 1461 (2 positions)

Arnold AFB, TN · Government/Military
Job Title: Test Ops Engineer I-01461
Function: Engineering
Position Type: Regular, Full-Time                                  
Pay Type: Exempt                            
Grade: 32/33
US Citizenship Required: Yes

This opportunity is being offered by National Aerospace Solutions, the team selected by the U.S. Air Force to conduct Test and Operations Sustainment at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.  AEDC operates more than 55 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units located in six states. Many of the complex's test units have capabilities unmatched elsewhere in the United States; some are unique in the world. AEDC is one of three installations which are part of the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), one of six subordinate commands of the Air Force Materiel Command organization and an important national resource.
 
AEDC’s mission is to conduct developmental test and evaluation for the Nation through modeling, simulation, ground and flight test.  Execution of the mission requires a large team of highly qualified and dedicated professionals from multiple technical disciplines to effectively accomplish the objectives of our test customers.
 
Job Summary
Exciting career opportunities currently exist for Mechanical Engineers in roles within test operations engineering in our Flight Systems group. Most of our test operations roles involve some portion of system engineering as well. While these positions have some office work involved, the majority of the engineer’s time is spent in the field or test area. This position does require shift work to support testing as test load demands.  Engineers who enjoy this type of work typically have some interest or experience with mechanical systems such as engines, compressors, pumps, gearboxes, etc. which may come from working on automobiles, farm equipment, or other machinery. We do not design or build airplanes, engines, or rockets. We operate and maintain the vast equipment required to reliably provide the test conditions required for ground testing. 
**Those with an active secret security clearance are strongly encouraged to apply**

Job Duties
Test Operations Engineers work closely with test customers on test project plans, scheduling, installation, and directing our contract’s test team throughout the test cycle. Test operations engineers may operate as system engineers for equipment within the test facility and engage in some small design tasks as needed.
Some specific tasks associated with this type of work include (this is not an exhaustive list):
  • Work closely with the government and other contractors to work out the test and plant operational requirements (test period directives, plant run sheets, detailed run programs, etc.).
  • Direct the execution of test periods with respect to operating the facility and test article systems. This generally involves directing craft technicians in the test control room on how to operate the systems and test article, and interfacing with the plant operator on setting test conditions, based upon a test directive provided by the test customer and government test engineer. It requires the ability to respond quickly to alarms and high pressure situations, ensuring the safety of the test crew, the facility, and the test article.
  • Respond when systems malfunction during a test, troubleshooting and directing corrective maintenance activities (or calling in the appropriate systems engineer for additional support), ensuring a timely return to service.
  • Write detailed work order tasks with attached drawings, permits, work instructions, baseline and test hazard analyses, etc. ensuring hardware and materials are ordered and staged on time and following the work progress in the field for facility reconfigurations, systems installations / modifications, and test article installations.
  • Coordinate work with the appropriate area superintendent, craft supervisor, and / or work planner and provide technical leadership to the craft workforce in execution of work orders and operational / maintenance procedures (WIs), Lock-Out / Tag-Out (LOTO), critical lifts, etc.
 
When serving in the System Engineer capacity, the successful candidate may oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of major equipment such as large motors, refrigeration systems, compressors, heaters, dryers, etc. that provide test conditions to the test facilities to ensure equipment is installed and functioning according to specifications.
Some specific tasks associated with this type of work include (this is not an exhaustive list):
  • Evaluate mechanical, thermal, and electromechanical systems by applying principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, hydraulics, pneumatics, heat transfer, and materials of construction.
  • Work with reliability engineers to develop maintenance schedules based on condition and health of equipment and ensure supply of materials required to maintain equipment is available when needed to prevent equipment failures.
  • Perform root cause failure analyses and other equipment performance analyses when systems or processes fail and recommend remedial actions.
  • Develop, document, and complete maintenance procedures, mechanical systems operating procedures, sequence of operations, advanced troubleshooting, system optimization, and energy conservation.
 
Basic Qualifications
  • B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from an accredited engineering college or university and 0 to 3 years engineering experience.
  • Current United States citizenship required
 
Preferred Qualifications
  • A minimum of 3 years of developmental experience such as practical work experience in relevant types of engineering such as systems startup, field engineering, or plant operations / maintenance in large industrial plants, utilities, process plants or other engineering/construction firms.
  • Technical knowledge of engineering systems, engineering calculations, applications of engineering methods and construction methods and materials, and application of computer aided engineering (CAE)/computer aided design (CAD) tools to engineering problems.
  • Working knowledge of major industry or regulatory standards and design criteria pertinent to the mechanical engineering discipline.
  • Multi-disciplinary experience (electrical engineering, mechatronics, control systems, etc.) is a plus.
  • Passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.
  • Familiarity with wind tunnels or other industry product test facilities is desirable.
  • Active Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance
  • Basic skill in oral and written communication.


This opportunity is being offered by National Aerospace Solutions, the team selected by the U.S. Air Force to conduct Test and Operations Sustainment at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.  AEDC operates more than 55 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units located in six states. Many of the complex's test units have capabilities unmatched elsewhere in the United States; some are unique in the world. AEDC is one of three installations which are part of the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), one of six subordinate commands of the Air Force Materiel Command organization and an important national resource.
 
AEDC’s mission is to conduct developmental test and evaluation for the Nation through modeling, simulation, ground and flight test.  Execution of the mission requires a large team of highly qualified and dedicated professionals from multiple technical disciplines to effectively accomplish the objectives of our test customers.
 
Exciting career opportunities exist for entry-level Engineers in roles within system engineering and test operations. While these positions have some office work involved, the majority of the engineer’s time is spent in the field or test area. Prior graduates and those with a secret security clearance are strongly encouraged to apply. December and May graduates may also be considered. 

To apply go directly to our website at www.http://nas-llc.us

Due to Air Force Security requirements, U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at AEDC.

NAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minority/Women/Veterans/Disabled (AA/EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
Applicants with a physical or mental disability, who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, may e-mail their request to careers@nas-llc.us. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT RESUMES to this address as they will not be considered for employment opportunities.
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