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Jacobs Electronics Engineer / Engineer II in RTP, North Carolina

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Your Impact:

Jacobs is seeking an engineer to join our Fabrication and Metrology team in support of our Research Laboratory Support (RLS) contract with the U.S. EPA located in Research Triangle Park, NC. The ideal candidate will have professional skills and specialized academic training in a technical field that will be used for and will lead to considerable amount of independent, self-managed work. The ideal candidate’s duties will also develop into the management of tasks and possibly projects.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Collaboration with environmental scientists, planners, engineers, and other specialists, to address environmental problems.

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

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

  • Designing and modifying LabView based software platforms.

  • Operation of air quality instrumentation. Operating, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing complex sampling equipment.

  • Originating and/or amend written standard operating procedures, quality assurance plans, and work plans as related to air emissions research tasks.

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

  • Air Quality data handling and data analysis.

  • Operating environmental test equipment and collecting data, such as gas emissions, flow rates and temperatures.

  • Reviewing data to ensure compliance with project data quality goals and to identify areas for improvement in the quality system.

  • Maintaining hard-copy and electronic records of measurement results and reports in accordance with Jacobs Technology and EPA records management protocols.

  • Performing all laboratory work in accordance with established Jacobs and EPA safety and quality assurance protocols.

Additional information:

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

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

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

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Minimum Qualifications:

Years of experience: 1-5 Years

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

Skills required: 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, and develop engineering and software controls for instrumentation to support various EPA projects.

  • Be proficient in programming languages C++, Python and Micro-Python

  • 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 company and client personnel.

  • Have strong computer skills using Microsoft Office.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

Years of experience:1-5

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

Skills preferred:

  • 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/

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

  • Experience with Maker and Arduino environments.

  • Knowledge of air quality measurements ideal. Experience operating instrumentation or continuous emission monitors; experience with electronic (emission or diagnostic) analyzers a plus.

Unusual or Special Physical 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 Work Environment



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 sampling sites

  • Laboratory or industrial indoor setting

  • Occasional need to work in extreme (hot and cold) temperatures.

  • Some industrial and laboratory hazards present

  • Possible field deployment at remote sites within the US.

Equipment and Machines Involved 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.

  • 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

  • Electronic diagnostic testing equipment.

  • Electronic hand tools

  • Soldering stations

Criticality of Attendance



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 a possibility.

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 drug-free workplace.

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