National Aerospace Solutions, LLC


Test Operations Specialist - 751 - INTERNAL ONLY

Location: Arnold AFB, TN
Date Posted: 02-19-2018
Job Title:  Test Operations Specialist - 751 - INTERNAL ONLY

Current NAS employees will be given first consideration.

Grade Level: 34/35

National Aerospace Solutions (NAS), LLC is the team selected by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to conduct Test and Operations Sustainment activities at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base, in Tullahoma, Tennessee. NAS is committed to partnering with the Air Force and the workforce at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) to drive the change necessary to ensure the long-term viability of the Complex while ensuring mission success: no impact to customers, no loss in data quality, and no reduction in productive test time – ultimately securing AEDC's long-term future and world-class superiority in aerospace and flight testing.

Job Duties:
This position will train, become qualified and maintain qualification in at least one test facility. Working with Test Operations Engineers, Plant Operations Engineers or Systems Engineers to fill some of the duties of a Test Operations Engineer during testing operations in the control room
Assist engineering staff with the following:
Systems and Reliability Engineering (in the mechanical/aerospace discipline for AEDC test units, in the execution of test, capital improvement, and maintenance projects)
  • Assist engineers in determining gaps between new test requirements and existing systems capabilities
  • Provide resource estimates and resource-loaded critical path schedules (or at least the discipline’s inputs to those products), working closely with the craft, craft supervision, and planners to develop those estimates and schedules for test, maintenance, and capital improvement projects.
  • Interface with Design on major design efforts; independently generate small designs for temporary systems or minor modifications to existing systems (with proper documentation and approvals), under the oversight of engineers.
  • Support procurement activities – ordering of stock and non-stock hardware and supplies needed to execute work orders; assist planner / schedulers are required.
  • Perform field installation engineering of new and modified systems / components, documenting any changes to the design with Change Requests and Notices of Revision (N.O.R.s) or sketches for temporary systems, and/or assisting Design with their generation of as-built drawings.
  • Write detailed work order tasks with attached drawings, permits, work instructions, safety cautions, etc.; ensuring hardware and materials are ordered and staged on time (or that a planner is taking care of material staging); and following the work progress in the field for facility reconfigurations, systems installations / modifications, and test article installations.
  • Support engineering with the generation of Baseline Hazard Analyses (BHAs) and Test Hazard Analyses (THAs), particularly verifications of mitigation measures.
  • Write and / or revise operational and preventive maintenance procedures (WIs) and other system documentation as required.
  • Ensure that systems are properly maintained.
    • Sustain the system via a preventive maintenance (PM) program consisting of up-to-date maintenance work instructions (WIs) that are scheduled and issued for execution by the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). Use Conditioned Based Maintenance (CBM) tools wherever practical.
    • Ensure critical spares are identified and staged to meet system availability/downtime requirements.
  • Ensure the configuration of systems are properly managed. Ensure the current configuration is properly documented with drawings, WIs, hazard analyses, technical data packages, spares information, asset hierarchy, interfaces, etc. attached to the system file. Ensure any changes to the system are requested and tracked to completion via the change request process.
  • Monitor performance of systems (reliability, availability, capabilities degradation, etc.), keeping Asset Condition Assessments (ACAs) up-to-date.Assist engineers in the performance of root cause failure analyses (RCFA) and other systems / equipment performance analyses when systems or processes fail.
  • Coordinate work with the appropriate area superintendent, craft supervisor, and / or work planner.
  • Provide technical leadership to the craft workforce in execution of work orders and operational / maintenance procedures (WIs), Lock-Out / Tag-Out (LOTO), critical lifts, etc.
  • Provide technical support to environmental compliance (emissions, spills, air stack permit logs, etc.).
Operations Engineering
  • Assist engineers with the generation of test project plans by providing raw labor / materials estimates for tasks.
  • Support scheduling meetings and planning, including making inputs on required maintenance outages.
  • Work closely with the government / TMAS test engineer to work out the test and plant operational requirements (test period directives, plant run sheets, detailed run programs, etc.).
  • Direct plant and test system checkouts as required (after upgrades / capital improvement efforts, after system repairs, after long dormant periods, prior to using infrequently used capabilities, etc.).
  • Direct the TOS portion of the test team (plant and test) in setting test conditions and operating test support systems and plant systems, based on requirements from the government / TMAS test engineer. Ensure up-to-date operating procedures are released to the craft for execution when needed. Provide technical leadership to craft workforce as required, directing their activities during “air-on” periods and reconfigurations.
  • Respond when systems malfunction during a test, troubleshooting and directing corrective maintenance activities (or calling in the appropriate systems engineer for additional support), ensuring a timely return to service.
  • Generate proper test / operations reports (Ops Center, test resumes, Operating Test Logs, Test Unit Status Logs, Test Article Activity Logs, unplanned event reporting, etc.).
  • Support the workforce qualification program for test operations non-key and key positions by helping engineers generate training materials.
Continuous improvement through support of:
  • Company initiatives and innovations, including Lean Six Sigma efforts.
  • Implementation of suggestions from the craft workforce.
  • Providing leadership, mentoring, and technical training to other disciplines, functions, and peers as required.
Basic Qualifications:
Grade 34
  • B.S. degree in applicable discipline from an accredited university plus 8 years of progressive and relevant experience or any equivalent combination of applicable education and progressive relevant experience totaling 12 years.
Grade 35
  • B.S. degree in applicable discipline from an accredited university plus 12 years of progressive and relevant experience or any equivalent combination of applicable education and progressive relevant experience totaling 16 years.
Combination posting: Grade 34 -35
  • B.S. degree in applicable discipline from an accredited university plus 8 to 12 years of progressive and relevant experience or any equivalent combination of applicable education and progressive relevant experience totaling 12 to 16 years.
  • Participates in and fosters a work environment that is based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.
  • Technical knowledge of engineering systems, applications of engineering methods and construction methods and materials, and application of computer aided engineering (CAE)/computer aided design (CAD) tools to engineering problems.
  • Working knowledge of major systems.
  • Basic skill in oral and written communication.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Qualification in an existing test cell as a Test Operations Engineer
  • Familiarity with at least one of the turbine and rocket test cells, wind tunnels, space chambers, and/or arc heater facilities functions is desirable.The systems and environment at AEDC are varied from high velocity pressurized wind tunnels to vacuum chambers.Process systems include 4,000 psig air, steam, cryogenic helium, liquid nitrogen, flammable gases and liquids, high temperature service over 1,300 F, and various utilities including high, medium, and low voltage power.
  • Active Secret security clearance.

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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.
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