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Jacobs Instrumentation Technician in Dearborn, Michigan

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Your Impact:


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.

Our experience encompasses virtually every type of automotive test facility, including climatic and driveability wind tunnels; aerodynamic, acoustic, and thermodynamic wind tunnels; emissions test rooms; soak rooms; altitude chambers; engine and powertrain test cells; and electromagnetic anechoic chambers. We not only design and build these facility systems assets but also operate, maintain, and manage these facilities.

The Instrumentation Technician will be working in a unique lab in Dearborn that provides air flow, vibe, and fuel system testing. This facility applies numerous testing methods and data acquisition software to support and conduct a variety of Engine Component, Powertrain, Fuel System, and Durability Tests. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Installation, troubleshooting, and repair of Special test components (accelerometers, transducers, strain gages, Vishay AMPs, thermocouple soldering).

  • Building electrical cables, repairing electrical connectors, and modifying electrical breakout boxes. Calibrating and maintaining testing instrumentation.

  • 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.

  • Hook up instrumentation, diagnose / troubleshoot problems, conduct tests, change out components if necessary, and remove instrumentation as needed.


This position is full-time. 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

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • High School Diploma required.

  • Basic background in engine electronics troubleshooting, Kulite pressure transducer exp, Thermocouple soldering exp, knowledge of Vishay AMPs, accelerometer exp, strain gage, and ability to read schematics/wiring diagrams a must.

  • Understanding how DMM’s, O-Scopes, and other electronic testing devices are used.

  • Good interpersonal, computer, oral and written skill.


  • Associate Degree or equivalent in automotive technology or electronic related field.

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

  • Understanding of instrumentation used in an automotive test environment, such as pressure transducers, thermocouples, accelerometers, etc. are highly preferred.


Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position



% of Time

  • Lifting

  • Climbing

  • Crawling

  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing)

  • Unusual physical requirements

  • High noise level

  • Other

Up to 50 lbs. , 10%


PPE required includes safety glasses, safety shoes, gloves, lab coats, and occasional hearing protection, 100%

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

Job Requires manual labor

High noise in vibe lab, air flow, and dyno cells, 100%

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%

Carcinogens (fuel), moving/rotating parts, electrical hazards, 50%

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

Computer, copier, 75%

Overhead lifts (cranes), hand tools (air and manual), 50%

Criticality of Attendance



% of Time

  • Overtime, regular days, off days

  • Shift, 2nd, 3rd

  • Necessity for regular attendance

  • Urgency for punctuality

Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

May need to transfer to another shift based on job requirements

Day Shift

Regular attendance and punctuality critical

Other Essential Functions

List other essential functions here.

Must undergo an audiometric evaluation as part of the pre-employment screening process, and annually thereafter. Must also pass a pre-employment drug screen, health performance evaluation, and background check.

Work hours are normally 8 hours per day and 5 days per week, Monday-Friday. Regular attendance of scheduled hours is extremely important. Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary. Must have flexibility of work days to cover weekend testing requirements.

Other Essential Functions :

Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times when dealing with customers, management and co-workers. Must have clear, concise and accurate communications skills in English, both verbal and written. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk to self or others. Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner. Dependable personal transportation to work site is required.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) and supplemental language (https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/eeoc_gina_supplement.pdf) .

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.