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Analyst/Test Engineer - Tunnel 9 - 2877

Silver Spring, MD · Government/Military
Job Title: Analyst/Test Engineer - Tunnel 9 - 2877     
Department/Branch: Mission Execution/Tunnel 9
Functional Branch: Engineering
Position Type: Regular, Full-Time
Grade Level: 32-33

Job Summary
Work will be performed at the AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel No. 9 (Tunnel 9) located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Tunnel 9 provides aerodynamic simulation critical to hypersonic system development and hypersonic vehicle technologies at speeds from Mach 7 to Mach 18.

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 Duties:
The Test Engineer/Analyst will develop, maintain and manage tools and data products, including custom and commercial computer software and codes, required for converting raw experimental data into engineering units acquired in the Tunnel 9 test facility. The candidate will be responsible for providing analysis of test results including assessment of flow-field features, boundary-layer state, aero-heating environment, vehicle stability.
This position, under the guidance and direction of an experienced engineer, provide the following engineering services:
  • Document, maintain, update and troubleshoot custom computer codes and data reduction algorithms and procedures.
  • Maintain database of archived wind tunnel data.
  • Keep abreast of new algorithms, technologies and/or numerical tools to help improve data processing efficiency, long term storage and accuracy.
  • Reduce raw data collected in the hypersonic wind tunnel to relevant engineering units using existing data reduction codes under the guidance of Tunnel 9 test engineer.
  • Complete preliminary data reduction to quickly identify computation problems, sensor calibration issues and/or other obvious data issues. Data types generally include pressure, temperature, heat transfer, force and moment, acceleration, etc.
  • Develop test-specific custom data reduction algorithms as needed.
  • Develop custom data plotting routines using MATLAB GUI-based tools.
  • Update/modify existing software tools to Python based scripts.
  • Evaluate, select, and apply standard engineering methods, techniques, procedures and criteria, using independent judgment in making adaptations and modifications.
  • It is a condition of employment to wear company issued PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in accordance with supervisory direction and company policy.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 0 to 3 years of relevant engineering work experience.
  • Current United States Citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Candidates with an M.S. degree or work experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Experience acquiring, reducing, and analyzing experimental data, including hands-on experience with data acquisition equipment, optical equipment such as cameras and lenses, and application of basic experimental techniques.
  • Experience with supersonic/hypersonic wind tunnel testing, compressible and/or hypersonic flow theory, computational fluid dynamics and/or finite element analyses of high speed external flow applications is desirable.
  • Knowledge of LABVIEW, Tecplot, Python, image processing or other related data collection/processing software.
  • Must be detail-oriented and a strong self-starter.

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, citizenship, 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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