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Jacobs Automotive Engine Test Tech in Dearborn, Michigan

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Engine Lab Test Technician- ALL SHIFTS AVAILABLE

Jacobs is the world’s top supplier of automotive test facilities, providing a full range of services to commercial automotive industry customers . Customers include not only the world’s major vehicle providers and other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but also clients from the international motor sports community.

The Engine Lab Test Technician is an entry level position, giving those who want to work in the vehicle testing field the opportunity to learn and grow with an industry leader.

In this position, you are a full-time employee of Jacobs. This is NOT a contract position. You will be eligible for our generous benefit package, including health insurance, dental, vision, generous PTO, paid holidays, 401K, stock purchase plan, and tuition reimbursement.

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Job Duties:

  • Palletize, align, and balance engines to be dynamometer tested.

  • Install engine harness in accordance to testing needs

  • Document pretest checks

  • Conduct a wide variety of non- procedural gasoline and diesel engine dynamometer testing.

  • Support development, durability and performance testing in an engine dynamometer facility.

  • Collect, review and validate data for accuracy and completeness and make recommendation to engineering.

  • Fabricate basic fixtures. Interface with Technologists, Product Engineers, and Supervisors on updates/new test procedures, equipment and methods.

  • Verify the calibration and maintenance of test equipment and test systems.

  • Install engines on dynamometer, hook up instrumentation, diagnose / troubleshoot problems, conduct tests, change engine parts if necessary, and remove engine and instrumentation.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • High School Diploma required.

  • Good interpersonal, computer, oral and written skills.

  • Must be proficient in Excel


  • Working towards an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology or related field or equivalent testing experience in Gasoline and Diesel engine testing.

  • Experience in engines/powertrain dynamometer testing or other similar testing techniques preferred.


Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position



% of Time

  • Lifting

  • Climbing

  • Crawling

  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing)

  • Unusual physical requirements

  • High noise level

  • Other

Engine parts such as intakes, exhaust parts, heads, drive

Shafts, and other related engine parts and accessories. 35


Safety glasses, slip resistant hardened toe shoes, gloves 100

Long pants, short sleeve shirts

Able to lift up to 50 lbs

Sitting (50%), Standing (50%), Bending (25%), stooping (25%)

Job requires manual labor

Engine high noise level while running in the test cell, the

Employees are not exposed to engine speeds over idle while in the cell.

Description of Work Environment



% of Time

  • Inside? Outside? Where

  • Combination of above

  • Extreme (hot/cold) temperatures involved

  • Hazardous conditions - What are they

  • Travel/transportation requirements

  • Other

Inside 100


Hot temperatures generated by engines. Cold start

Tests, the engine can be soaked to -20F 50

Rotating equipment, engines, hot exhaust, trip hazards, 100


Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks



% of Time

  • Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?

  • Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?

  • Tools used in trade - which ones?

  • Other

Computers, analyzers 70


Basic hand tools, hammer, screw driver, wrenches, ratchets

Sockets, and other related engine repair tools 30

Criticality of Attendance



% of Time

  • Overtime, regular days, off days

  • Shift

  • Necessity for regular attendance

  • Urgency for punctuality

8 hours per day Monday-Friday regular time with occasional overtime

May need to flex time to cover weekend testing 100

Afternoon shift

Critical for employee to be there on time on a regular basis.

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At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.