Title: Engineering Technician IV - 1527
Position Type: Regular, Full-Time
Pay Type: Non-Exempt
Grade: MD ET4
US Citizenship Required: Yes
An exciting career opportunity exists for an experienced Instrument Technician as 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 and the validation of computational simulations.
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 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 perform the role of Model Technician supporting test article buildup and wind tunnel testing 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 must have the ability to install and maintain instrumentation used in wind tunnel testing, including pressure, temperature, force, angle, motion measurements. The candidate must have the ability to assemble and disassemble precision mechanical components both in a lab environment as well as in the field. Responsibilities include providing technical support on customer developed wind tunnel test articles, requiring the ability to perform electronic assembly including soldering, crimping, composition of prototype circuits, building cables using Mil-Spec and other instrument connections. Assists in the design, develop, and constructs major units, devices or equipment; conducts test or experiments; analyzes results and redesigns or modifies equipment to improve performance; and reports results.
Requires the ability to read and understand wiring schematics and have knowledge of pressure and temperature instrumentation. Capability to operate custom software applications to verify operation of instrumentation and collection of data is also required.
- Interface with Tunnel 9 Engineers to establish and understand requirements for test instrumentation configuration design, setup and documentation.
- Work independently with minimal supervision.
- Fabricate and install instrumentation cables as required to transmit signals form the test article to the data system.
- Operationally qualify on facility data recording system.
- Install pressure, strain, and temperature sensors of various types in scale models and test articles.
- Communicate activities frequently with the engineering staff to establish test specific instrumentation requirements.
- Troubleshoot, repair, and maintain test article instrumentation systems.
- Support instrumentation system build-up and check-out activities.
- Assemble and configure test articles using precision tools and small fasteners.
- Install support hardware and test articles in the wind tunnel.
- Set up and operation of the data system.
- Perform maintenance, calibrations, upgrades, and documentation of facility instrumentation systems as required.
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Must possess High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Two years of college plus five (5) years of experience in technical instrumentation or any equivalent combination of education and relevant and progressive experience.
- Current U S Citizenship required.
Due to Air Force Security requirements, U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at AEDC.
- Prior experience (4 - 7 years) in a test environment with instrumentation/data acquisition systems is desired.
- Ability to use test equipment e.g. (power supplies, multi-meters).
- Excellent communication, documentation, and interpersonal skills are essential.
- Requires work in confined spaces; must become trained/certified for such work.
- Prior experience with wind tunnel operations or working in a testing environment.
- Military Aviation Electronics experience is a plus.
- Schooling in electronics or instrumentation field.
- Active Secret Clearance.
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.
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