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Jacobs Wind Tunnel Instrumentation Technician in Hampton, Virginia

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Your Impact:


Work will involve the installation, calibration, adjustment and repair/replacement of measurement equipment in and around the facility.

  • Must be able to fabricate basic parts/brackets, install parts into 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.

  • Will work with test engineers, facility electricians, and mechanical technicians to document and install new measurement systems.

  • Red line and review drawings.

  • Create documentation for operation of new systems.

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, multi meters, soldering techniques, use of crimping tools, lead wire preparation techniques, 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: Accelerometers, LVDT, Thermocouples, PRTs, RTDs, Cold Junction compensation concepts, TC bonding concepts.

  • Background should include experience with the following: Fabricating cables, lacing techniques 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.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

U.S. Citizenship required. Two (2) years of college with courses in computer science, mathematics, or related engineering courses, plus two (2) years of related experience in data reduction and analysis, or any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience for a total of four (4) years.

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. A 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 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.

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.

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.