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Jacobs Chemical Analysis Technician C in Las Cruces, New Mexico

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This is a Test Evaluation and Support Team contract position (TEST2) at the NASA – White Sands Test Facility.

  1. Be able to apply basic working technical knowledge to perform routine laboratory analyses, following detailed instructions that cover specific tasks.

  2. Be able to work safely with hazardous chemicals (including compressed gases and cryogenic liquids). Operate equipment or instruments including microscopes and balances for particulate and residue determinations, routine water analysis equipment, high performance liquid chromatographs (HPLCs), ion chromatographs (ICs), pH meters, atomic absorption (AA), and gas chromatographs or other instrumentation with various detectors (such as flame ionization detectors, thermal conductivity detectors, and with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR).

  3. Perform basic materials and nondestructive tests, including hardness, metallographic specimen preparation, heat treatment, liquid penetrant, ultrasonic thickness and radiographic film processing.

  4. Must understand and follow safety rules and understand a chemical hygiene plan, (Material) Safety Data Sheets ((M)SDSs), basic schematics, manuals, and other written guidance and verbal instruction as required to perform assigned tasks.

  5. Candidate must have basic knowledge of the following: identification/utilization of chemistry laboratory glassware and associated equipment and supplies, pipets and other volumetric devices, and analytical balances, qualitative vs. quantitative analyses, dilution techniques, familiarization with the periodic table of the elements, common chemistry nomenclature, basic computer skills, and math skills (i.e., algebra, statistics, and significant figures, rounding) sufficient to perform basic calculations to prepare solutions and to reduce analytical data.

  6. Develop additional analytical skills such as the ability to work more independently while under the supervision of scientists and senior technicians.

  7. Be able to work with limited supervision or technical guidance.

  8. Performs work and maintains work area in a neat, orderly, and safe manner that includes adherence to WSTF hazardous waste management and environmental protocols consistent with the training that is provided.

  9. Perform related duties as required.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  1. Candidate must have a minimum of one of the following:

Two (2) years of experience working with hazardous chemicals in a chemistry laboratory.

One (1) year of experience working with hazardous chemicals in a chemistry laboratory and a successful completion of one (1) year of college level chemistry coursework that includes lab work (the college level course work must include one year (2 college semesters) of Principles of Chemistry or an equivalent (chemistry for science majors)

Two (2) years of college level chemistry coursework with passing grades within the past five (5) years. The college level course work must include one year (2 college semesters) of Principles of Chemistry or an equivalent (chemistry for science majors) and a second year (2 college semesters) of more advanced college chemistry courses.

  1. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license (state). Candidate must be able to pass a physical examination as determined by the White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) and Jacobs Engineering. Be able to meet qualification requirements as applicable and as specified in the White Sands Training Database (WSTD).

  2. Must meet and obtain the following qualification within the 60-day probation period, requirements are detailed in the Training Database. The following specific qualifications are a minimum:

Chemistry Laboratory: Clean Room Support Analyst, Compressed Gas Handling, Cryogenic Safety (Chemistry Laboratory), LN2 Dewar Filler, Special Process/WSTF Stnd. –Particle Counting. (Note that personnel qualification and training requirements may vary due to program support requirements – necessary qualifications will be designated by Section Supervision).

  1. A basic written exam will be administered to evaluate proficiency within a chemical and materials laboratory.



Position involves extended periods of sitting or standing. Physical requirements are: sitting, walking, standing, use of stairs, and access to remote structures. Typically required to lift and hold up to 30 pounds. Position is located on a hazardous testing facility; must be able to quickly evacuate buildings in the event of an emergency.


Desk/office work and test area work. As necessary, must be able to travel to other work areas, be aware of safety requirements for those areas, and work within those constraints (e.g. access procedures and proper PPE). Walking on uneven terrain including paved areas, gravel/rocks, and dirt/sand is required to access various locations on the facility. All work must be completed in a safe manner in accordance with NASA and Company safety standards.


Computer work required. Use of calculator, printer, fax, scanner, telephone, filing cabinets, and other standard office equipment is required.


Attendance and punctuality are essential in this highly collaborative environment. Overtime work may be required in support of test project schedules or other priority assignments as determined by management.


Must be able to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization. Must work well under pressure to meet deadline requirements. Dress must be appropriate for the position and not pose a safety risk or hazard to the employee or others in accordance with NASA and Company policies. Must be a U.S Citizen. Must possess a valid state driver’s license. Must pass a Federal background investigation. Must be able to pass a physical examination as determined by the NASA White Sands Test Facility and the Company for the job classification. Must submit to pre-employment drug testing. Must maintain site access to NASA facilities and computer systems.

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