As a Systems Engineer in the Subsonic/Transonic Testing Branch (STTB), this position provides comprehensive engineering leadership to sustain and enhance the operational capability of the STTB facilities, systems and subsystems. In particular, the incumbent designs and develops hardware / systems that will provide comprehensive wind tunnel test capabilities for advanced aerospace concept development, assessment and risk reduction.
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Serves as lead designer creating, modifying, and developing equipment to support wind tunnel systems and subsystems in the design of new and/or upgrades to existing systems requiring mechanical, electrical, and/or electronic design components or hardware, to enhance the operational capabilities of wind tunnel facilities. Manages and oversees the development of preliminary and conceptual design processes as well as the detailed design of new and inventive facilities, systems, structures, and/or equipment that will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of aeroscience research programs in the STTB.
Leads diverse multi-disciplinary teams of engineers and technicians in the design and development of unique, innovative, and leading-edge engineering technologies, equipment, or systems to meet specific project requirements. Leads the development of design layouts; preparation of detailed engineering and assembly drawings including, structural, dynamic, and fluid analyses for challenging and complex projects. Collaborates with others to achieve solutions to complex technical issues spanning multiple disciplines that must interface with other systems such as: cryogenics, hydraulics, mechanical systems, and high-pressured air systems.
Performs project management and oversight of design work. Performs systems engineering including, but not limited to defining, developing, integrating and verifying end-to-end requirements for new or existing systems, with the objective of optimizing performance, safety, and project objectives
Identifies wind tunnel system and subsystem problems through troubleshooting, testing, and readiness methodologies. Serves as an advisor to manufacturers, engineers, agency management, other Federal and industry organizations, and contractor personnel, giving authoritative advice on proprietary projects, including those of a classified nature, relative to system/equipment testing and evaluation. Ensures compliance with Federal and agency safety requirements; develops comprehensive solutions to ensure compliance with OSHA and other guidelines.
Initiates contact and provides expert technical advice and direction to contract professionals. Serves as Liaison to facility managers and contractors.
Keeps the Contracting Officer, or representative, informed of progress, proposed contract modifications, validity of claims, analysis of proposals, and assessment of contract time extensions, such as would be required for development of new propulsion and power systems for spacecraft. Work complexities require versatility and innovation, the development of alternate solutions to reduce time and costs, and short cuts or compromises that are considered risky.
Leads conceptual definition studies and analyses for a variety of advanced systems on proposed new projects for which no precedents are available. Generates new hypotheses and develops new concepts. Integrates various study and analytical results into comprehensive technical briefings, reports, and technical papers.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
Who May ApplyThis job is open toU.S. citizens and U.S. nationals
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0801 General Engineering
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
A one-year probationary period may be required
Occasional travel may be required
Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
This is a drug-testing designated position
You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site.
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Applicants must have one year of professional experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-13 level work in the Federal service within or closely related to the aerospace technology specialty for which application is made.
Specialized experience includes engineering experience related to wind tunnel test facilities / systems and includes planning, organizing and directing extensive design / development efforts in various mechanical, high pressure air, heavy gas (such as R134a), cryogenic liquids and gases (nitrogen), electrical, electronic, hydraulic and / or water systems and their interfaces with the safety interlocks and high speed analog / digital control systems utilized in wind tunnel test facilities.
Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
*Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.
Applicants must complete the following fields in USAJOBS Resume Builder, Step 2, Education section in order for education qualifications to be considered for this position: School Name, City/Town, Country, Degree/Level Attained, GPA, Completion date, Major, and Minor.
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