Title: ID&C Engineer - 2321
Position Type: Regular, Full-Time
Pay Type: Exempt
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.
An exciting career opportunity exists for an Instrumentation, Data and Controls (ID&C) Engineer responsible for providing design engineering, development, implementation and upgrade services associated with deploying instrumentation, data acquisition, and control systems in an aerospace ground test environment.
National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, the team selected by the U.S. Air Force to conduct Test Operations and Sustainment at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), are offering this opportunity.
AEDC’s mission is to conduct developmental test and evaluation for the Nation through modeling, simulation, ground test 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.
An exciting career opportunity exists for an entry-level ID&C engineer with primary responsibility for developing, custom configuring, upgrading and maintaining:
- Sensors and data acquisition systems for measuring various aspects of aerospace systems’ performance while undergoing ground testing at simulated flight conditions. Typical measurements include force, strain, pressure, temperature, vibration, acceleration, acoustics, etc.
- Facility and process control systems to measure and sustain test conditions
ID&C Engineers employ the concepts of electronics; sensor selection and calibration; signal conditioning; analog-to-digital conversion; analog and digital signal processing; and data acquisition, storage and processing to design, implement, operate and/or maintain systems that acquire highly complex and accurate measurements required to characterize test article performance while undergoing ground test and evaluation. ID&C engineers also apply equations of motion and process control theory to custom configure and implement facility and process control systems required to control test conditions and processes.
ID&C Engineers at AEDC are critical to the execution of the test mission. Specifically, duties for this entry-level position include:
Under the guidance and direction of a more senior engineer:
- Perform work, generally within Instrumentation, Data, and Control System Engineering, which involves the preparation, interpretation or review of calculations, specifications, plans, investigations, surveys, structures, systems or equipment with relatively few complex features.
- Participate in one or more of the following:
- Interface with DoD Client and external test customer to receive anddocument test peculiar ID&C System requirements
- Design, custom configuration, application and support of sensors and data acquisition and processing systems in preparation for and during active aerospace ground test operations.
- Design, custom configuration, application and support of control systems in preparation for and during active aerospace ground test operations.
- Ensure system and sensor calibrations are adequate to meet test customer requirements
- System troubleshooting and return-to-service
- Preparation of specifications and design calculations
- System design, including concept sketches and layouts
- Preparing designs, drawings and data under the supervision of a more experienced engineer
- Preparation of engineering studies and reports
- Preparation of material quantity estimates
- Uses engineering computer aided design/computer aided engineering (CAD/CAE) tools
- System Verification and Validation during Test Development/Execution
- Evaluate, select, and apply standard engineering methods, techniques, procedures and criteria, under the mentorship of senior engineering staff.
- Perform assignments, which have clear and specific objectives and require the investigation of a limited number of variables for Control System Engineering; supports the use of common work processes and procedures within assigned function across the TOS contract.
- Draft letters for replies to vendor correspondence.
- Monitor and meet applicable work schedules.
- Review design documents of equipment manufacturers or subcontractors of a low to moderate degree of complexity, and prepare comments and recommendations.
- 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.
- Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or mechatronics engineering from an accredited college or university (ABET accreditation preferred) plus 0 to three years of engineering experience.
- Current US Citizenship required.
Due to Air Force Security requirements, U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at AEDC.
- Basic 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.
- Developmental experience with transducers, sensors, electrical circuits, signal processing, and data acquisition systems used to measure temperature, pressure, force, flow, acceleration, vibration, and other physical phenomena common to aerospace systems testing.
- Coursework or experience in the design or application of sensors used to convert physical phenomenon into electrical signals
- Coursework or experience in signal processing and analysis methodologies
- Coursework or experience in analog and digital filtering methodologies
- Coursework or experience in application of Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog conversion methodologies
- Coursework or experience in the integration of sensors, signal conditioning, filtering, A/D conversion, etc. in the measurement of physical phenomenon
- Coursework or experience in the development and/or application of Instrumentation and Data Acquisition software
- Coursework or experience in the analysis of measurement uncertainty
- Coursework or experience in the calibration of instrumentation
- Developmental experience in the control system theory and design concepts such as Controls Strategy and Algorithm Development, Math Modeling/Simulations, Calibration, Motion Controls, Process Controls, Process Instrumentation, Sequencing Systems, Robotics, Stability & Control, Servomechanisms, Systems Safety, Networks & Field Busses, Control System Optimization, Learning and Rule-based Systems
- Coursework or experience in the design or application of closed loop control systems
- Coursework of experience in feedback control systems
- Coursework or experience in the design of application of control systems using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
- Coursework or experience with proportional, integral, derivative (PID) control systems
- Coursework or experience developing control application and Human Machine Interface (HMI) software
- Active DoD Security Clearance
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