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Jacobs Controls Engineer in Hampton, Virginia

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Your Impact:

Experienced electrical and controls technician needed to support aerodynamic research at NASA Langley Research Center. This position, with Jacobs’ Center Maintenance, Operations, and Engineering (CMOE) contract, is part of a team that supports the electrical and control systems at a wind tunnel on Center. This person will provide the maintenance, debugging and replacement of any electrical device in the facility. They will provide controls support for the PLCs and a variety of other controllers. This position is a combination of old and new, software and hardware, the work is hands-on, varied and unique.


Must be familiar with high voltage systems, rotating machinery, hydraulic and cooling water systems and a variety of electrical equipment such as, switchboards, controllers, circuit breakers, motors, heating units, conduit systems or other equipment including Programmable Logic Controllers. In addition, this person must:

  • Work from blueprints, drawings, layouts or other specifications

  • Locate and diagnose trouble in the electrical system or equipment

  • Work standard computations relating to load requirements of wiring or electrical equipment

  • Program ladder logic, primarily Rockwell RSLogix

  • Support HMI software, primarily Rockwell FactoryTalk View

  • Operate, maintain and repair analog circuits

  • Operate, maintain and repair hydraulic and pneumatic controls

  • Must be able to read/understand technical diagrams and drawings and be knowledgeable about the local codes and regulations, as well as National Electrical Code requirements.

  • Use a variety of hand tools, measurement and test equipment.

  • Must also be physically capable of bending for long periods of time, climb ladders, work in confined spaces, lift 35 lbs., and be willing to work all shifts and overtime.

  • Good communication skills, detail-oriented, able to work with a team, and have good problem-solving skills.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

U.S. Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. BS degree in Electrical Engineer and eight (8) to twelve (12) years related engineering experience, or a MS degree and seven (7) to ten (10) years of related engineering experience or Ph.D. and two (2) to five (5) years of related engineering experience. Academic study in mechanical systems, controls theory, manufacturing or aerodynamics desired. Electrical engineering preferred. Experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), specifically Allen-Bradley required. Experience with general programming techniques required. Experience in an industrial, laboratory or manufacturing facility desired. Experience with hydraulics a plus. Knowledge of OSHA Lockout/Tagout programs is required.

Essential Functions:

Work Environment

  • Office environment (10%).

  • Test/Industrial Environment – May be exposed to areas of high noise levels, hazardous propellants, explosives, chemicals and industrial facilities. (85%)

  • Travel between facilities and test operations may be required and may bring exposure to loud noise and potentially hazardous equipment and chemical operations. (5%)

(Appropriate PPE and training will be provided for all conditions.)

Equipment and Machine:

  • Field Devices: PLCs, programmable controllers, pneumatic valves, programmable valves

  • Software Tools: PLC Ladder Logic/RSLogix, FactoryTalk View, MS Office products

  • Familiarity and use of safety and personal protective equipment

Physical Requirements:

Must have sufficient mobility to enter all areas of the wind tunnel. The ability to enter into confined spaces, crawl into or onto various assemblies while maintaining a clear vision of safety is required. Potential exposure to high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, propellants and the like. Appropriate PPE and training will be provided for all conditions. Must be able to walk, stand, bend, twist and sit for extended periods as well as climb, crawl, and lift up to 35 lbs.


  • Regular attendance mandatory (100%)

  • Overtime/work outside normal schedule required (<20%)

  • Travel required («5%)

Other Essential Functions:

U.S. Citizenship required. Valid driver’s license required. Must be able to work in a close-knit team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety/risk hazard to the employee or others. The work environment requires the ability to cooperate and work with individuals at all levels of the company and the client. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

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