Jacobs Electrical Engineer in RTP, North Carolina

Electrical Engineer


Jacobs is seeking an engineer to join ourDesign and Sampling team in support of our Research Laboratory Support (RLS)contract with the U.S. EPA National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL)– Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD) located in ResearchTriangle Park, NC. The ideal candidate will have professional skills andspecialized academic training in a technical field that will be used for andwill lead to considerable amount of independent, self-managed work. The idealcandidate’s duties will also develop into the management of tasks and possiblyprojects.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Collaboration with environmentalscientists, planners, engineers, and other specialists, to address environmentalproblems.

  • Design of control systems includingbuilding circuit boards and Arduino based platforms.

  • Designing and troubleshootingArduino based control systems on a wide variety of projects.

  • Designing and modifying LabViewbased software platforms.

  • Operation of air qualityinstrumentation. Operating, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing complexsampling equipment.

  • Originating and/or amend writtenstandard operating procedures, quality assurance plans, and work plans asrelated to air emissions research tasks.

  • Conduct field air sampling studiesin different parts of the US (0-15% travel possible).

  • Air Quality data handling anddata analysis.

  • Operating environmental testequipment and collecting data, such as gas emissions, flow rates andtemperatures.

  • Reviewing data to ensurecompliance with project data quality goals and to identify areas forimprovement in the quality system.

  • Maintaining hard-copy andelectronic records of measurement results and reports in accordance with JacobsTechnology and EPA records management protocols.

  • Performing all laboratory work inaccordance with established Jacobs and EPA safety and quality assuranceprotocols.

Additional information:

  • This person will be continuallylearning and developing new skill sets as the research objectives change.

  • Excellent verbal communicationskills in working with peers and client are required.

  • Ability to work independently, aswell as with a team is required.



Yearsof experience: 1-5

Education:Minimum of a B.S. degree in Electrical, Electronics or Mechanical Engineeringfrom an accredited institution

Skillsrequired: The ideal candidate will –

  • Design, fabricate, and develop software for sensor based systems with local logging capabilities, custom user interfaces and real-time transmission of data over cell networks Develop engineering and software controls for instrumentation to support various EPA projects.

  • Design and populate printed circuit boards (PCB) for integrated instrument control systems using CAD or schematic capture software such as OrCAD.

  • Have fluency in using software packages such as LabView and R. Ideally, LabView skills will include the creation of executables files.

  • Have strong written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally the results of research experiments to Jacobs Technology and EPA personnel.

  • Have strong computer skills using Microsoft Office.

  • Have the ability to travel and perform field studies at remote sites within the US.


Yearsof experience: 3

Education:B.S or M.S. degree in Electrical, Electronics or Mechanical Engineering from anaccredited institution


  • Required Programming: C

  • Desired Programming: Arduino(C ), Node-RED, Javascript, Visual Basic, Matlab, R Studio, LabView, DASYlab, Raspberry Pi, MySQL, PHP Communications Protocols: UART, SPI, SDI, I2C, RS232/422/

Experience with Maker and Arduino environments. Knowledgeof air quality measurements preferred. Experience operating instrumentation or continuousemission monitors; experience with electronic (emission or diagnostic)analyzers.

Unusual or SpecialPhysical Requirements of Position



10 % of Time

  • Lifting

  • Climbing

  • Crawling

  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing)

  • Unusual physical requirements

  • High noise level

  • Other

  • Some lifting required (50 lbs)

  • Industrial PPE (safety glasses, protective shoes, lab coats)

  • Must be comfortable working in an outdoor field environment from time to time.

Description of WorkEnvironment



30 % of Time

  • Inside?Outside? Where

  • Combination of above

  • Extreme (hot/cold) temperatures involved

  • Hazardous conditions - What are they

  • Travel/transportation requirements

  • Other

  • Occasional outdoor near road sampling.

  • Laboratory or industrial indoor setting

  • Some industrial and laboratory hazards present

  • Field deployment at remote sites within the US for 2-4 weeks at a time for as many as 2-4 events per year.

Equipment and MachinesInvolved in Work Tasks



100 % of Time

  • Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?

  • Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?

  • Tools used in trade - which ones?

  • Other

  • Arduino based platforms

  • Ambient air quality monitoring instrumentation

  • LabView based software platforms

  • Excel, R, Matlab data processing softwares.

  • Source emission monitors; UV, IR, GFC-Chemiluminescent

  • Supervisory and Control Data Acquisition systems (SCADA)

  • Various devices for the measurement of gas flow rates, temperature, and pressure

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products

Criticality ofAttendance



100 % of Time

  • Overtime, regular days, off days

  • Shift, 2nd, 3rd

  • Necessity for regular attendance

  • Urgency for punctuality

  • Regular days

  • Regular attendance necessary

  • Core working hours 9:00 a.m. to 3: p.m.

  • Field deployment likely and could potentially be for 2-4 weeks at a time.

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-North Carolina-RTP

Req ID: PFO00017X