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Controls Engineer in Hampton, Virginia, United States

Jacobs has partnered with NASA to support space flight programs for more than 40 years. While the majority of work is directly in support of LaRC, other industry partners and Government agencies may be supported at remote sites as directed by the Contracting Officer (CO). The Center Maintenance, Operations, and Engineering (CMOE) contract comprises of three major categories of work operations, maintenance, and engineering (OME). 

Experienced controls engineer needed to support aerodynamic research at NASA Langley Research Center.  This position, with Jacobs Center Maintenance, Operations, and Engineering (CMOE) contract, is part of a small team that supports any control system at any wind-tunnel, lab or test facility on Center.  This person will support PLCs and a variety of other controllers that compress air to 6000 psi, blow air at mach speeds or control temperatures down to -250F.  A combination of old and new, software and hardware, the work is hands-on, varied and unique. 


Responsibilities
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The selected candidate will work alone or with a team to provide engineering services to the wind tunnels and research facilities at the NASA Langley.  These services include trouble-shooting, repair, replacement, programming, configuration, documentation and checkout control systems and components.  In addition to break-fix services, the candidate may also work on controls-related projects for improvements, added functions, or new capabilities.  This work may start with project planning, work breakdown structures, writing specifications or making budget-schedule estimations.  It will include project completion requiring system design, graphical user interface building, programming, equipment layout and procurement, system configuration, and drawing reviews.  Hands-on work will include system checkout, equipment configuration, troubleshooting, repair, and system operation.  In most cases, the candidate will create clear and concise documentation.  The task will involve interaction with fellow team members, other internal service providers, sub-contractors,   the operational staff of the facilities and the NASA client. The candidate will need to conduct meetings and reviews with these parties, clearly communicating goals and objectives in order to engage these groups for the projects success.  The candidate must be able to juggle multiple tasks, while working in a dynamic environment in which priorities change frequently.  The successful candidate will be self-motivated in their work-habits, show initiative in tackling new work, and exercise and communicate sound technical judgment.





Qualifications:

US Citizenship required. BS degree in appropriate discipline and five (5) to eight (8) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree and four (4) to six (6) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. school and zero (0) to three (3) years of related experience. Electrical engineering preferred.


Experience with process controllers, specifically Allen-Bradley required.  Experience with general programming techniques required. Experience in an industrial, laboratory or manufacturing facility desired.  Experience in system design, equipment installation and system startup desired.  Any experience with securing industrial networking systems a plus. Experience with hydraulics a plus. 

Software Tools: PLC Ladder Logic, LabVIEW, C/C , MS Office Word, Excel, Outlook, Viso, AutoCAD or equivalent, Matlab/Simulink

Hardware platforms: Microsoft PC, Linux, National Instruments, Allen-Bradley PLCs PLC-5, SLC, ControlLogix, Allen-Bradley PanelViews

Field Devices:  programmable controllers, pneumatic valves, programmable valves

Communications Protocol: TCP/IP, RS-232, IEEE-488




Essential Functions:


 


Work Environment:

An office or Control Room environment is the typical work area. Travel between various facilities and test sites is required.  Project implementations or troubleshooting events will be in an industrial or laboratory environment.   May be exposed to areas of high voltage, high noise levels, hazardous propellants, explosives, chemicals and industrial facilities.  (Appropriate PPE and training will be provided for all conditions.)


Equipment and Machine:

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, fax, copier, etc.) (85%) including the following typical PC Software-Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Microsoft Project.
Safety and Personal Protective Equipment (15%)


Physical Requirements:

Must have sufficient mobility to enter all areas of wind tunnel and test facilities.  The ability to enter into confined spaces, crawl into or onto various assemblies while maintaining a clear vision of safety is required. Potential exposure to high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, propellants and the like. Appropriate PPE and training will be provided for all conditions. Must be able to walk, stand, bend, twist and sit for extended periods as well as climb, crawl, and lift up to 35 lbs.


Attendance:

Regular attendance mandatory (100%)

Overtime/work outside normal schedule required (<15%) Travel required (5%)


 


Other Essential Functions:

U.S. Citizenship required.  Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety/risk hazard to the employee or others. Must be able to balance scope, schedule and budget to insure success. The work environment requires the ability to cooperate and work with individuals at all levels of the company and the clients organization. A valid drivers license is required




Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.

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