Instrumentation and Controls Integration Engineer

Manufacturing and Test

DESCRIPTION: As part of a small team, you will provide hands on technical support for the construction, modification, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of instrumentation and control systems associated with rocket engine and space vehicle test facilities.
 
Responsibilities 
  • Test facility construction, operation, and maintenance 
    • Proper installation, checkout, and troubleshooting of instrumentation, valve control, and data acquisition systems. 
    • Subject matter expert of instrumentation sensor types, data acquisition hardware, and valve control system hardware and manufacturers
    • Receive and provide direction on the operation of instrumentation and control systems during test and operations
    • Establish maintenance procedures for instrumentation, data acquisition and control systems
    • Place purchase orders for system components and hardware
  • Provide subject matter expertise to test and design engineers on design concepts, improvements, and tests
  • Demonstrate a strong bias for safety in operations
  • Safe working practices
    • Comprehend of the dangers of all voltage/current levels
    • Understanding the proper practices with working on live electrical systems for troubleshooting
    • Proper cable/wire and connector selection/specification
    • Hazardous chemicals, cryogenic fluids, and high-pressure gases
  • Minimal Travel required (~10%)
QUALIFICATIONS:
Required
  • Knowledge of data acquisition and control system hardware architectures, experience designing and installing large sensor and control wiring systems, including J-box layout and cable routing, connector termination, wire selection, shielding specification, power supply selection, e-stop design, environmental considerations, etc
  • Knowledge and experience with instrumentation (high and low frequency), facility controls and data systems hardware and manufacturers with specific emphasis on National Instruments PXI and SCXI Data Acquisition Systems, OMRON, pressure transducers, accelerometers, strain gauges, thermocouples, load cells, relays, solenoid valves, current loop sensors, DC circuitry, and Ethernet networks
  • Knowledge of best practices for signal noise reduction in isolated voltage, current loop, and bridge applications, experience identifying cause of sensor noise and implementing solutions
  • Demonstrated experience efficiently troubleshooting data acquisition and control systems end-to-end (from the hardware to the console)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with test, flight and safety critical hardware, tools and shop equipment 
  • Willing to work 1stor 2nd shift as required
  • Proficient in MS Office; (Word, Excel); Visio
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien
Desired
  • Four-year Engineering Technology degree
  • 10 or more years’ experience in propulsion facility/system or operation, integration or maintenance 
  • Knowledge and experience with high-pressure gas systems
  • Knowledge and experience with electronic regulators and closed loop control
  • Experience selecting sensors, connectors, harnessing for high vibration environments
  • Knowledge and working experience with RS232, RS422, and RS485; OPTO 22; IP camera/NVR video systems
  • Basic to intermediate understanding of LabVIEW Data Acquisition systems and programming
  • Previous experience with cryogenic fluid systems
  • Knowledge and experience in AutoCAD P&ID
  • Knowledge in the use of Creo

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