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Jacobs Metrology and Instrumentation Specialist in Hampton, Virginia

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Your Impact:

The selected candidate will work alone or with a team to provide Metrology services to engineering, testing and research facilities at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). The candidate must be aware of directorate and branch metrology requirements, needs, and desires and make offers to promote operational sales.


  • Keep abreast of new developments in measurement technologies to provide our customer with recommendations on the best way to meet accuracy and cost targets

  • Coordinate with our subcontractor calibration lab to ensure appropriate services are performed in a manner meeting and exceeding the customer’s expectations

  • Be aware of metrology services costs, discover cost savings ideas and explore opportunities.

  • Prepare monthly reports (include number of items serviced, timeliness and quality of the service, and list instruments due for service)

  • Hands-on work may include system checkout, equipment configuration, troubleshooting, and repair and system operation

  • Ability to create clear and concise documentation

  • Interact with fellow team members, other internal service providers, sub-contractors, the operational staff of LaRC facilities and the NASA client

  • Assist equipment customers as needed to ensure items are located and submitted for calibration on time.

  • Conduct meetings and reviews, clearly communicate goals and objectives to engage all relevant groups for the LaRC Metrology Program’s success

Here’s What You’ll Need:

U.S. Citizenship required. Two (2) years of college with courses in engineering or associated disciplines, and six (6) years of related experience. Additional relevant education may be substituted for a portion of the experience. Position requires comprehensive knowledge of programs gained through long and varied work experience in field of specialty.

Must be able to effectively communicate both orally and written with effective use of visual aids. Should be able to use computing technology for problem analysis and solution.

Must be able to juggle multiple tasks, while working in a dynamic environment in which priorities change frequently. The successful candidate will be self-motivated in their work-habits, show initiative in tackling new work, and exercise and communicate sound technical judgment.

  • Familiarity with national and international standards regarding calibration and verification of measurement devices and systems is required

  • Knowledge of specific guidelines such as ISO 17025, ANSI Z540.1, Z540.3 are required.

  • Knowledge of NASA Policy and process documents such as NPD 8730.1, LAPD 8730.1 (Rev. D). LMS-CP-0506 (Rev. M-1) are desired

  • Knowledge of NIST standards, measurement technology and uncertainty is desired

Essential Functions

Work Environment:

Office Environment – Organizational and documentation skills used daily (50 – 65%).

Test Environment - May be exposed to areas of high noise levels, hazardous propellants, chemicals, and industrial facilities. Travel between various onsite facilities and test sites is required (10%). Periodic visits to the local off-site calibration shop (5%).

Physical Requirements:

Must have sufficient mobility to enter all wind tunnel and test facilities. The ability to enter 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. Must be able to walk, stand, bend, twist and sit for extended periods as well as climb, crawl, and lift up to 35 lbs. (100%)

Appropriate PPE and training will be provided for all conditions

Equipment and Machines:

Standard Office Equipment - Personal computer, telephone, fax, and copier (85%)

Software – Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel (capture, analyze and present Metrology data)

Computer Skills – Become an expert in various NASA Metrology computer systems (enter and tabulate data, track various assets, and run recurring reports)


Regular attendance is mandatory (100%)

Overtime/work outside normal schedule required

Other Essential Functions:

U.S. Citizenship required. Valid driver's license is 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 not iimpose a safety/risk hazard to the employee or others. Must be able to balance scope, schedule, and budget to ensure success. To adequately manage expectations communication of scope, schedule and budget constraints is a necessity. 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.

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