Jacobs Instrumentation Technician in Hampton, Virginia

Instrumentation Technician


Jacobs has partnered with NASA to support space flight programs for more than 40 years. The majority of work is directly in support of LaRC, but occasionally includes other industry partners and Government agencies at remote sites. The Center Maintenance, Operations, and Engineering (CMOE) contract comprises of three major categories of work – operations, maintenance, and engineering (OME).


Work will involve installing, calibrating, adjusting, repairing or replacing faulty components of measurement equipment.

  • Must be able to fabricate and install parts and systems used in wind tunnel test environments and verify sensors to measure pressure, temperature, force, or acceleration.

  • Will work with test engineers, facility electricians, and mechanical technicians to troubleshoot system or sensor failures and anomalies.

  • The successful candidate must be able to read and interpret design documents, schematics, datasheets/manuals, drawings, blueprints and engineering sketches.

Preferred Skill and Experience:

  • Associate’s degree in instrumentation, electronic systems, or related field, or have completed military training in electronics or have experience working in a Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory.

  • Basic knowledge of Wheatstone bridge theory and basic electronics.

  • Operational knowledge of an oscilloscope, multimeters, soldering, use of crimping tools, wire stripping, ohm’s law, continuity testing, pinning out connectors, routing and tie wrapping cables.

  • System level troubleshooting skills and the ability to logically solve instrumentation problems and determine corrective action.

  • Knowledge in signal conditioning concepts for various types of sensors, to include the following: Thermocouples, PRTs, RTDs, Cold Junction compensation concepts, TC bonding concepts.

  • Background should include experience with the following devices: DC power supplies, heat shrink tubing, cable harnessing, lacing, and proper strain relief concepts.

  • Working knowledge of transducers, operational amplifiers, and the knowledge of techniques for measuring temperature, pressure, flow, displacement, vibration and force are also beneficial.

  • Experience soldering wire harnesses and developing wiring diagrams.

  • Intermediate skill level using Windows Operating Systems.

  • Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook).

  • Knowledge in Data Acquisition concepts, hardware, and interfacing (SCXI and PXI based) is a plus.


U.S. Citizenship required. Two years of college or technical training in electronics, plus four (4) years of related experience. Additional relevant education may be substituted for a portion of the experience. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance as required. A valid driver’s license is required.

Work Environment:

Office environment. (10%). Test/Industrial Environment – May be exposed to areas of high noise levels, hazardous propellants, explosives, chemicals and industrial facilities. (80%)

Travel between facilities and test operations may be required and may bring exposure to loud noise and potentially hazardous equipment and chemical operations. (10%)

Physical Requirements:

Must have sufficient mobility to enter into confined spaces, work at various heights, and 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.

Equipment and Machines:

Facility operations display/keyboards/mechanical/electrical control/HMI. Machine, power, and hand tools. Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, fax, copier, etc.) (30%)


Regular attendance mandatory (100%)

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

Travel required (<<5%)

Other Essential Functions:

U.S. Citizenship required. Must be able to work in a 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 as required. A valid driver’s license is required.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Virginia-Hampton

Travel Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: AER0001LN

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