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Engineering Technician - Tunnel 9 - 2766

Silver Spring, MD · Government/Military
Title: Optical Engineering Technician III - Tunnel 9 - 2766
Function: Engineering
Position Type: Regular, Full-Time                                  
Pay Type: Non-Exempt                       
Grade: MD ET3
US Citizenship Required: Yes

Introductory Description:
Work will be performed at the AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel No. 9 (Tunnel 9) located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Tunnel 9 provides a high speed Test & Evaluation capability for the Department of Defense.

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:
Train to perform the role of an Optics Engineering Technician working with a team of engineers to operate, maintain and assemble equipment used for advanced measurements at AEDC White Oak. The qualified candidate will have strong attention to detail and time management; and the ability to work independently. The individual will be responsible for handling sensitive optical/camera equipment, applying precision paint jobs and operating computer equipment.

Job Duties:  
Perform routine and moderate complexity tasks under supervision or using detailed procedures such as:
  • Operate computer systems utilized to acquire wind tunnel data.
  • Responsible for assembly and troubleshooting of complex mechanical, optical and electrical components.
  • Assemble hardware with extremely tight tolerances with precision - performs mechanical and optical assembly and alignment.
  • Handles sensitive optical components and assemblies (lenses, mirrors) without damaging hardware.
  • Perform all tasks required to apply a precision coating to a surface of a wind tunnel model using a spray paint gun, including but not limited to mixing paint, mounting, cleaning and masking model parts, priming, painting and sanding of the coating to meet strict thickness and uniformity requirements.
  • Wear mask/respirator and other PPE as required.
  • Develop documentation including drawings and manufacturing instructions.
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves problems with limited oversight.
  • Works within cross functional team to achieve overarching goals.
  • It is a condition of employment to wear 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 year technical degree and three (3) years’ experience in mechanical, electrical or instrumentation technician work or any equivalent combination of relevant education and relevant experience
  • Current United States Citizenship is required.
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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