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Job title: Associate Research Engineer - Level I Data Engineer
Work as a team member providing technical engineering support for wind
tunnel and related research projects. Perform the role of Data Engineer
advising wind tunnel Test Managers as needed to ensure test data quality.
This is a very specific and specialized role for a Data Engineer working
with measurement uncertainty and analysis ensuring quality of the wind
tunnel test data collected.
Location: Unitary Plant Wind Tunnel, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
General Description of Duties:
- Data reduction of wind tunnel balance calibrations,
- Calibrations of wind tunnel facilities,
- Development of tunnel and model corrections,
- Calibration of various test and model instrumentation,
- Prepare data parameter set up checks,
- Assist with training test customers with the Wind Tunnel Standard Data System (SDS) computations,
- Monitor test data collection and test progress by running periodic spot data computation checks and advising the Test Manager,
- Check Test Dependent Equations (TDE) established for the test,
- Understand the details of the Data Reduction programs for each test,
- Verify customer supplied equations,
- Master the data correction methodologies,
- Understand data uncertainty analysis.
- Maintain and update standard procedures for measurement uncertainty analysis used in the NASA-Ames ground test facilities
- Provide support for training of other engineers and technicians including preparing standard procedures for measurement uncertainty analysis.
- Typical work schedule is 8 hours per day, 5 days per week (Occasionally may vary - described below)
- Full-time, salaried position
- B.S. in Engineering from an accredited university
- Knowledge in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, Data analysis and processing
- A solid understanding of Statistics, Statistical Process Control, Design of Experiment, Response Surface Modeling, and instrumentation and calibration
- Knowledge of LabVIEW, Matlab, Python, VBA and C++ programming languages
- Must be able to work professionally, in both team environment and/or with minimal supervision, as required by specific tasks.
- Must have interpersonal skills to work cooperatively with persons at all levels in various organizations.
- Must have strong written and oral communications skills.
- Must be able to work with common office software such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
- Must be able to work modified work schedule (e.g., swing, split or graveyard shift) approximately 20% to 30% a year, when required to support ongoing project work.
- Must be able to safely perform repetitive tasks that involve bending over, crouching, and crawling
- Must be able to safely, frequently, and independently move and handle items weighing up to 25 lbs.
- Must be able to safely work on elevated platforms.
- Must be able to occasionally work outside in various weather conditions.
- Must be able to pass a medical / physical exam, which is a prerequisite for task-specific safety training programs (e.g. Confined Space Entry, Manlift Operations, etc. as required.)
- Must be able to travel (potentially for extended periods of up to several weeks, 2 to 6 times a year) to remote locations more than 100 miles from NASA Ames, test sites, meetings, conferences, etc.
- U.S. Citizenship required. (You may be required to obtain a security clearance.)
- Must be able to start no later than July 2019.
Desired Additional Qualifications:
- 1 or more years practical engineering experience
- Knowledge of wind tunnel and experimental test techniques, scientific instrumentation and operations.
- Experience with mechanical design, integration, and analysis of test equipment.
- Working knowledge of JMP Statistical analysis software and Measurement Analysis Tools for Uncertainty in Systems
- Experience with CAD Modeling and stress analysis (ProE, Solidworks, etc.)
- Experience with data reduction and visualization techniques.
- Knowledge of data acquisition hardware and software
- Ability to contribute and/or collaborate in writing technical proposals, summaries, and reports
Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position: Ability to
lift a minimum of 25 lbs. Ability to install, operate, troubleshoot,
repair, and understand model and test hardware systems or direct others to
do the same. Ability to enter confined spaces and ability to move in and
around machinery and wind tunnel systems.
Description of Work Environment: Work in an office setting and
industrial field environment around compressors, wind tunnels, cooling
water systems, machine shops, and lubrication systems. Field work can be a
combination of outside and inside depending on the task. May work close
proximity to high and low temperatures, rotating equipment, oil, greases,
solvents, and high noise areas.
Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks: Ability to operate
personal computer systems, telephones, and other general office equipment.
Ability to operate inspection, electrical and mechanical, and complex
Criticality of Attendance: Standard work week of 40 hours, 8
hours per day, M - F, nominally 6:30 am – 3:00 pm. Overtime through
early start or late departure from shift work may be required. Weekend
work may be required from time to time as well as off shift work Swing
(2nd) and Grave (3rd).
Other Essential Functions: Must have the ability to obtain a
security clearance if required by client. Must be able to accurately
communicate ideas verbally and in writing. Must be able to obtain a NASA
badge and maintain access to the workplace facility. Adhere to appropriate
safety, quality, environmental, and business ethics practices. Perform
other duties as required. Maintain credibility and good customer rapport as
required to perform successfully as a Data Engineer.
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