Jacobs Metrology and Instrumentation Specialist in Hampton, Virginia

Metrology and Instrumentation Specialist


Jacobs has partnered with NASA to support space flight programs for more than 40 years. While the majority of work is directly in support of LaRC, other industry partners and Government agencies may be supported at remote sites as directed by the Contracting Officer (CO). The Center Maintenance, Operations, and Engineering (CMOE) contract comprises of three major categories of work – operations, maintenance, and engineering (OME), as described below.

  • Maintenance – Research and institutional facility maintenance includes, but not limited to, preventive maintenance, trouble calls, repairs, Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Facility Condition Assessment (FCA), and maintenance/operation of central utilities (e.g., electrical power distribution, potable water, storm water drainage)

  • Operations – Facilities Operations support includes, but not limited to, wind tunnels, laboratories, and test stands testing, instrumentation calibration/repair; plant and utilities (e.g., high pressure air, Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) and Steam Plant); technology development and administration, including, but not limited to, Facility Automation Systems (FAS) and Data Acquisition Systems (DAS)

  • Engineering – Facility engineering includes, but not limited to, engineering studies, design, construction, construction management, configuration management, tactical engineering, pressure system recertification, project management/planning support.


The selected candidate will work alone or with a team to provide Metrology services to engineering, testing and research facilities at the NASA Langley. 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 in order to make recommendations to measure something accurately and with little uncertainty. Coordinate with our subcontractor calibration lab to ensure appropriate services are performed in a manor meeting and exceeding the customer’s expectations. Be aware of metrology services costs and seek cost savings ideas and opportunities. Prepare reports on a monthly basis, to include information on the number of items serviced, the timeliness and quality of the service events and list the instruments due for service in the next month.

Hands-on work may include system checkout, equipment configuration, troubleshooting, and repair and system operation. In most cases, the candidate will create clear and concise documentation. The task will involve interaction with fellow team members, other internal service providers, sub-contractors, the operational staff of the facilities and the NASA client. The candidate will need to conduct meetings and reviews with these parties, clearly communicating goals and objectives in order to engage these groups for the Metrology Program’s success. The candidate 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.


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.

  • 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 (50-65%)

Travel between various facilities and test sites is required (10%). In addition, there will be periodic visits to a local off-site calibration shop (5%). Organizational and documenting skills will be used daily. Interactions with Metrology computer systems will occur daily. Shall assist equipment customers across the Center as needed to insure items are located and submitted for calibration on time.

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

Physical Requirements:

Must have sufficient mobility to enter all wind tunnel and test facilities. 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.(100%)

Equipment and Machines:

Software: Microsoft Office products, particularly Excel to capture, analyze and present Metrology data.

Computer Skills: Must become expert in various NASA Metrology computer systems, entering and tabulating data, tracking various assets, and running recurring reports.

Standard office equipment: PC, telephone, fax, copier, etc... (85%)

Sales: Must become knowledgeable with our different customers’ metrology requirements and present suggestions of Jacobs services when appropriate.

Meticulous: Track thousands of instruments, paying attention to small details, costs and accuracy.

Life-long learner: Keep abreast of new developments in measurement technologies to make recommendations to the customer about the best way to meet accuracy and cost targets.

Safe Attitude: Wear all required safety and personal protective equipment when visiting facilities or test sites.(15%)


Regular attendance mandatory (100%)

Overtime/work outside normal schedule required (<10%)

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. Must be able to balance scope, schedule and budget to insure success. 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: AER0000DA