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Instrumentation Engineer III - NFAC - 3489

Moffett Field, CA · Government/Military
Title: Instrumentation Engineer IIII    - 3489
Function: Engineering
Position Type: Regular, Full-Time                                                       
Pay Type: Exempt
Grade: 34/35
Salary Range: $125,000 - $156,000

US Citizenship Required

This opportunity is being offered by National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, the team selected by the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) via the Test Operations and Sustainment (TOS) contract. 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’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.

The NFAC team performs large-scale, subsonic wind tunnel testing furthering research and development for a broad array of test customers across the academic, scientific, commercial, and military aerospace sectors. Testing supports development of new and innovative helicopter and rotorcraft technologies including future Urban Air Mobility applications, recurring Mars lander parachute qualification testing, improvements to fuel efficiency on full-scale tractor-trailer trucks, advanced fixed-wing aircraft applications (some with live jet engines), and many other exciting applications for the military and commercial sectors.

An exciting career opportunity exists for a Wind Tunnel Instrumentation Engineer at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC), home of the largest wind tunnels in the world.

Join our diverse team of highly-motivated, passionate, and collaborative coworkers striving to advance air and space technology into the next generation in this unique-in-the-world test facility. Get regular hands-on experience with one-of-kind test articles and enjoy a challenging and satisfying work environment. Come be a part of one of the most unique and exciting work experiences in aerospace engineering research and help solve the problems of tomorrow!

Job Summary
This is an engineering role with responsibility for planning wind tunnel data instrumentation and data acquisition system requirements, overseeing instrumentation set up and checkout, and verifying proper implementation on a cross-functional, multi-disciplined team working closely with test customers, test directors, software engineers, and data system technicians.

Job Duties:
  • Take responsibility to plan, design, setup and check out instrumentation systems for NFAC wind tunnel tests
  • Evaluate, select, and apply standard instrumentation engineering methods, techniques, and criteria to support wide variety of test customer measurement requirements
  • Interface with test customers to establish instrumentation/data-acquisition configuration design and implementation requirements which will meet test objectives
  • Provide installation and checkout support to test team during testing
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and maintain customer test article and facility instrumentation systems
  • Perform maintenance, calibrations, upgrades, and documentation of facility instrumentation systems
  • Help create scope, requirements, schedules, and CAD drawing packages for test instrumentation development
  • Work closely with test customers and test team to establish instrumentation accuracy, uncertainty and calibration requirements to meet test measurement objectives for a successful entry in the wind tunnel
  • Coordinate work activities of NFAC instrumentation technicians and outside contractors, as necessary
  • Provide innovation and insight into enhancement and modernization opportunities to improve data quality and efficiency
  • Participate in a highly dynamic working environment, planning for future test entries, executing tests, and supporting ongoing facility projects.
  • 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, aeronautical, or aerospace engineering from an accredited college or university plus a minimum of 5 to 7 years of relevant and progressive experience with instrumentation/data acquisition systems
  • US citizenship required
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior experience in aerospace test facilities or with instrumentation/data acquisition systems is desired.
  • 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
  • Excellent communication, documentation, and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Position requires frequent contact with a staff of technicians and engineers of varying disciplines, so the ability to work well and effectively communicate with others is critical.
  • Candidate must be able to participate in and foster a work environment that is based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.
  • CAD proficiency (AutoCAD preferred)
  • Active NACI

Due to Air Force Security requirements, U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at NFAC.

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.

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