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APTU Test Operations Engineer Lead - 2166

Arnold AFB, TN · Government/Military
Title: Test Operations Engineer Lead -2166
Function: Engineering
Position Type: Full Time                               
Pay Type: Exempt                            
Grade: 35-37
US Citizenship Required: Yes

National Aerospace Solutions (NAS), LLC is the team selected by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to conduct Test and Operations Sustainment activities at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), Arnold Air Force Base, in Tullahoma, Tennessee. NAS is committed to partnering with the Air Force and the workforce at AEDC to drive the change necessary to ensure the long-term viability of the Complex while ensuring mission success: no impact to customers, no loss in data quality, and no reduction in productive test time – ultimately securing AEDC's long-term future and world-class superiority in aerospace and flight testing.

This position will been developed to support the engineering supervisor leading a larger group.  It is intended for engineers that have an interest in a role that has some leadership components as part of a potential growth path to a supervisor position.
Job Summary
The candidate will perform the general job duties of a Test Operations Engineer as well as the Lead role. Test Operations Engineers work closely with test managers and test customers on test project plans, scheduling, installation, and directing our contract’s test team throughout the test cycle. Test operations engineers also operate as system engineers for equipment within or directly providing support to the test facility and may engage in some small design and analysis tasks as needed. This position is specifically responsible for safe operations and maintenance of the AEDC Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU)  facilities with our Space and Missile branch.
The successful candidate will be able to work independently, solve complex technical problems with minimal supervision, effectively lead others as a work performer and a coach, and place emphasis on rapid continual professional development of engineers to handle a breadth of tasks for advanced propulsion systems testing operations. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others and manage multiple projects simultaneously, effectively plan, organize, and direct the work of teams consisting of multiple stakeholders to conduct comprehensive verification efforts and successfully execute problem resolution when required.
Test Operation Engineer Lead
Under the direction of the supervisor:
  • Support tasks/projects as an individual engineer as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Manage group assignments for the 4-7 engineering personnel, track task progress and help eliminate roadblocks.
  • Serve as mentor for execution of work in complex test operations
  • Provide technical guidance in trouble shooting and casual analysis for engineering problems
  • Support the assignment of tasks to individual contributors. 
  • Support/Plan day-to-day operations and activities for contributors to the project(s).
  • Monitor individual assignments and performance on specific tasks, and monitor job hours for project/task(s) reporting to supervision as requested.
  • Allocate test operations engineers to tests, test planning; including interfacing with design and controls engineering, modeling and facility analysis engineers in preparations for test, post-test forensics.
  • Perform Test Operations engineer duties
  • Support technical training of test operations crew, as mitigation of risk to operations.
  • Support development (including insuring mentors are assigned/paired) for the team, ensure they are provided with the necessary tools and training to fulfill their responsibilities
  • Audit/ test progress to ensure safety standards and best practices (guides, procedures and work instructions) are followed.
  • Interface with test customers (Air Force, civilians and consultants), and other NAS managers and engineers and to ensure group objectives are being met.
  • Occasionally act as backup supervisor to cover absences.
  • Oversee engineering deliverable development and reporting duties of the team and ensure schedule input and reporting milestones are met.
  • Identify areas in the group where additional support may be required
  • Support development of test estimates
  • Support periodic internal status briefings to management and aid in financial planning with periodic labor forecasts for projects.
  • Perform basic administrative duties, which may include purchase requests, time cards, and vacation requests.
  • Track employee progress toward established goals. Provide input to annual performance reviews for members of the group.
  • Support proper development of requirements, schedules, budget estimates, and work plans for projects.
  • Ability to develop a fundamental understanding of a wide variety of customer requirements and develop successful solutions
  • Be a strong safety advocate for the group. Commit to fostering and sustaining an injury and incident free workplace.
Test Operations Engineer
  • Work closely with the government and other contractors to develop the test and plant operational requirements
  • Work closely with test customers as they design the test article, model, or test article support systems
  • Direct test system checkouts as required (provides risk mitigation for commissioning new configurations/ systems, after upgrades / capital improvement efforts, after system repairs, after long dormant periods, prior to using infrequently used capabilities, etc.).
  • Directs the execution of test periods with respect to operating the facility and test article systems. This generally involves working with craft technicians in the test control room in operating the facility systems and test article, and interfacing with the controls/ simulations engineers on setting test conditions. This requires the ability to respond quickly to alarms in fast paced, 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 activities (or calling in the appropriate systems engineer for additional support), ensuring a timely return to service.
  • Write detailed work order tasks with attached supporting documents such as; drawings, permits, work instructions, baseline and test hazard analyses, ensuring hardware and materials are ordered and staged on time and following the work progress in the field for facility reconfigurations, systems installations / modifications, maintenance,  and test article installations.
  • Develop and maintain baseline and test hazard analyses  and recognize changes in risk requiring review with management and/or the government
  • Support scheduling meetings and planning, including making inputs on required outages.
  • 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 (work instructions, WIs), Lock-Out / Tag-Out (LOTO), critical lifts, etc.
  • Ensure proper test / operations reporting (Ops Center, test resumes, Operating Test Logs, Test Unit Status Logs, Test Article Activity Logs, unplanned event reporting, etc.).
  • Perform facility chacterization/ calibrations, monitor facility performance, and maintain system capability / performance maps and envelopes providing baseline for expected performance
  • Evaluate mechanical, thermal, and electromechanical systems by applying principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, hydraulics, pneumatics, heat and mass  transfer, and mechanics of materials
  • Work with reliability engineers to develop maintenance schedules based on condition and health of equipment and ensure supply of materials (spares) required is available to maintain equipment operation.
  • 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, component and systems risk assessments, and energy conservation plans.
  • Develop estimates for small improvement projects and test projects.
  • Work with multidiscipline team of engineering staff solving problems and planning test projects.
  • Being flexible to work extra hours or support off shift testing is required.
  • Communicate clearly and utilize various methods of communication
  • 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:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical, Aeronautical, or Aerospace Engineering from an accredited engineering program and a minimum of 5 to 10 years progressive and relevant experience in an engineering team environment.
  • A minimum of  4 years of Test Operations experience
  • Current U.S. Citizenship is required.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master of Science degree or post-graduate coursework in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering from an accredited engineering program.
  • Test experience/ background, expertise in ground test techniques and related experience.
  • Experience with Liquid Oxygen, High Pressure Air Systems ( > 3,000 psi),  Hypersonic Propulsion Systems
  • Experience with Liquid Fueled Rockets and Air breathing Test cell system operations
  • Currently serving as a mentor to one or more individuals
  • Strong interpersonal skills, strong written and oral communications skills and confident leading small teams.
  • Active Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance

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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