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Jacobs Powertrain Vibe Lab Test 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 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.

This position is full-time. Technicians are employees 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.


  • Conduct procedural and non-standard testing in the various labs at PFSL (Powertrain Fuel and Sub-systems laboratory) including flow lab and vibe lab.

  • Work with vehicle power train and component subsystems to perform testing on all air, fuel and engine related parts.

  • Set up test fixtures, run required tests and compile data in a presentable format.

  • Perform quality assurance checks, interface with engineering/support activities and troubleshoot test equipment.

  • Work with requesters to meet all testing requirements using written and verbal methods of communication.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • High School Diploma

  • Strong computer skills and good mechanical aptitude required.

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

  • Good interpersonal, attitude, computer, oral and written skills.


  • Working towards an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology or related field or equivalent testing experience.

  • Two (2) years’ experience in engines/powertrain dynamometer testing or other similar testing techniques.


Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position

  • Lifting: Less than 50 lbs, 10%

  • Climbing: 10%

  • Crawling: NA

  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing): PPE required includes safety glasses, safety shoes, gloves, lab coats, and occasional hearing protection, 100%

  • Unusual physical requirements: Sitting (90%), Standing (50%), Bending (25%), Stooping (25%). Job requires manual labor.

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

  • Other: NA

Description of Work Environment

  • Inside? Outside? Combination? Where?: Inside, 100%

  • Extreme (hot/cold) temperatures involved: NA

  • Hazardous conditions - What are they?: Carcinogens (fuel), moving/rotating parts, electrical hazards, 50%)

  • Travel/transportation requirements: NA

  • Other: NA

Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks

  • Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?: Computer, copier, 75%

  • Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?: NA

  • Tools used in trade - which ones?: Overhead lifts (cranes), hand tools (air and manual), 50%

  • Other: NA

Criticality of Attendance

  • Overtime, regular days, off days: Monday through Friday 40 hrs/wk 7:00am – 3:30pm. Flexibility as workload demands.

  • Shift, 1st, 2nd, 3rd: Day shift, may need to transfer to another shift based on job requirements.

  • Necessity for regular attendance: Critical, 100%

  • Urgency for punctuality: Critical, 100%

  • Work hours are normally 40 hours per week/ 5 days per week, Monday thru Friday (7:00AM-3:30PM). Regular attendance of scheduled hours is extremely important. Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary. Flexibility to work additional hours and days other than normally assigned days when workload permits.

Other Essential Functions

  • 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.

  • 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.