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Instrumentation and Controls Design Engineer -2990A

Arnold AFB, TN · Government/Military
Title: Instrumentation and Controls Engineer - 2990A
Function: Engineering
Position Type: Regular, Full-Time                            
Pay Type: Exempt                        
Grade:  32/33
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.  National Aerospace Solutions is a limited liability company comprised of Bechtel National Inc. (as lead company) and Sierra Lobo Inc. with teaming Subcontractors nLogic Inc. and Chugach Federal Solutions Inc. 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.

We are looking for an Instrumentation and Controls Design Engineer who is interested in working on a multi-disciplinary team responsible for designing a new hypersonic test facility, which will play a key role in hypersonic system development for the United States Department of Defense, at Arnold Air Force Base, TN. The engineer hired into this role will coordinate across multiple departments on the project, from concept to commissioning, for this new facility.

Job Duties:
Instrumentation and Controls Design Engineers design, evaluate, analyze, and assist in the fabrication and installation of process system instrumentation and controls system components.  Instrumentation and controls design engineers work closely with test and system engineers in development of design requirements and ensuring proposed designs meet those requirements. 

Some specific tasks associated with this type of work include (this is not an exhaustive list):
Under the direction of a more senior engineer:
  • Perform assignments, which may require further definition of scope and objectives and require the investigation of a number of variables, for Instrumentation and Control System Engineering; supports the use of common work processes and procedures within assigned function.
  • Perform work, generally within Instrumentation and Control System Engineering, which involves the preparation, interpretation or review of calculations, drawings, specifications, plans, investigations, systems or equipment.
  • Participate in one or more of the following:
    • Interface with internal and/or external customers to ensure understanding of system and/or test requirements
    • Development of system requirements
    • Instrumentation and Data System design, development, and/or maintenance support
    • Automated Control System design, development, and/or maintenance
    • Automated Control and Human Machine Interface (HMI) Software Development
    • Preparation of design calculations, engineering studies, and/or reports
    • Review of Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams for control and instrumentation requirements
    • Preparation of Logic Diagrams
    • Preparation of specifications or data sheets to support procurement of process instrumentation
    • Preparation of material quantity estimates
    • Review of vendor submittals and preparation of comments and recommendations
    • Technical review meetings and technical issue resolution
  • Participates in and fosters a work environment that is based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.
  • 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:
  • B.S. degree in electrical, mechanical, or chemical engineering from an accredited college or university plus a minimum of 0 to 3 years of progressive and relevant engineering experience.
  • Current US Citizenship required

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with 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, Stability & Control, Control Valve Selection and Design, 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), Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
    • Coursework or experience with proportional, integral, derivative (PID) control systems
  • Familiarity 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
  • Internship or co-op experience in design engineering plus work experience in other areas of engineering such as systems startup, field engineering, or plant operation in large industrial plants, utilities, process plants or other engineering/construction firms.
  • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication
  • Active Secret Security 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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