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Engineering Technician IV (Machinist) - Tunnel 9 - 1627

Silver Spring, MD · Government/Military
Title:Engineering Technician IV (Machinist) - Tunnel 9 - 1627
Function: Mission Execution
Position Type: Regular, Full-Time                                  
Pay Type: Non-Exempt
Grade: MD ET4
US Citizenship Required: Yes

An exciting career opportunity exists for an experienced Engineering Technician - Machinist 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.
About NAS: 

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.
Job Summary:
The successful candidate will perform the role of Engineering Technician - Machinist in a small machine shop supporting the operation and maintenance of the wind tunnel and compressor plant 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 operate and oversee equipment in a small machine shop used for minor repair and fabrication jobs. The candidate must have the ability to read engineering prints, schematics, plan jobs for efficiency, make estimates, manage schedules, understand tolerances, use precision measuring equipment, specify tooling and upgrades, assemble and disassemble precision mechanical components both in a lab environment as well as in the field.
Requires the ability to operate manual lathes, 3 axis CNC mills, band saws, presses, surface grinders, sheet metal forming equipment, and other machine shop equipment.
Job Duties:
  • Perform independently with minimal supervision non-repetitive assignments of a complex and difficult nature involving the set-up and operation of a wide variety of manual machine tool equipment such as CNC milling machines, presses, lathes, surface grinder, band saws, and other machine shop equipment.
  • Work from prints, rough sketches, production diagrams, engineering drawings, and verbal instructions to fabricate a variety of simple and complex machined components.
  • Work with engineers and other technicians on the design feasibility of machine parts and assemblies relative to form, fit and function.
  • Determines operating methods and sequences; lay out, set up and fabricate precision parts, tooling and fixtures to exacting tolerances and dimensions for short-run or single unit components.
  • Makes complex shop calculations to layout difficult patterns and determine tooling feeds and speeds.
  • Understands the working qualities of a wide variety of materials including aluminum, steel, copper, brass, plastics, and exotics.
  • Measure height, depth, diameter, and thickness using micrometers, dial indicators, calipers, gauges and other precision-measuring instruments.
  • Inspects work for conformance to specifications.
  • Has a working knowledge of safe working techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to identify and specify tooling and equipment to be purchased.
  • Maintains a clean, neat, and organized work space.
  • Ability to make estimates and manage schedules and throughput.
  • Performs standardized or prescribed assignments involving a sequence of related operations.
  • Follows standard work methods on recurring assignments but receives explicit instructions on unfamiliar assignments.
  • Communicate effectively and frequently with the engineering staff, team leader, and other technicians.
  • Able to work with other machinists
  • It is a condition of employment to wear company issued PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in accordance with supervisory direction and company policy.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Must possess High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Two (2) years of education in related area and five (5) years of related experience or any equivalent combination of education and relevant and progressive experience with knowledge of fabrication and assembly techniques, operation of machine shop tools and equipment, materials, and shop practices.
  • Current US Citizenship
Preferred Qualifications:
  • CNC Milling machine programming
  • Machine shop management
  • TIG/MIG/Stick Welding
  • Active Secret Clearance.

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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