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Operations Engineer

Company: American Systems
Location: lancaster
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

WANTED: An experienced Sofia Operations Engineer for NASA; who demonstrates leadership capabilities and will perform the full spectrum of engineering duties.

As a Sofia Operations Engineer you will:

  • Apply your knowledge of Engineering to the specific technical tasks at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC).
  • Work with a team of driven, supportive and highly skilled professionals.
  • Receive a robust benefits package that includes Employee Stock Ownership Plan!
  • Enjoy flexibility managing your work hours and personal needs with a single accrual leave plan.

A week in the Life of a Sofia Operations Engineer:

  • Provide a working familiarization with SOFIA B747-SP research vehicle or system(s), including experimental hardware and software, ground support equipment, and work environment.
  • Plan and execute large and/or complex integration plans for research projects, science projects, or aircraft system upgrades enabling operational checks for functional tests, demonstrations, and engineering evaluations sanctioned/directed by governing Project or Flight Operations Directorate.
  • Evaluate operational changes and modifications to ensure that the changes are consistent with operational capability of the flight vehicle.
    • 1) Identifies and works with subject matter experts to gather information, fact-find, perform analysis, etc. to develop in support of determining best path forward.
    • 2) Provide sound engineering dispositions on changes to manufacturer guidance with respect to impact to airworthiness and traceability of technical authority decisions.
  • Participate in the system safety process by identifying, evaluating, and documenting risks and implementing mitigations to assure airworthiness and mission success related to instruments, aircraft systems, experimental additions, proposed modifications effects, and the flight vehicle.
  • Perform airworthiness tests and analysis to the extent directed by Project or Flight Operations Directorate.
    • 1) Analyze flight environment typically to include altitude, temperature, and 3-axis random vibration per AFOP-7900.3-004 Environmental Acceptance Testing, where the Contractor collaborates with Operations Lead and Flight Systems engineer and Chief Engineer to determine the appropriate tests that are representative of the flight environment.
    • 2) Prepare analysis, test plan, and test procedures as required to ensure each flight item is airworthy.
    • 3) Conduct or monitor environmental lab tests.
    • 4) Confirm successful completion of, or conduct, Verification and Validation activities (such as inspection, test, demonstration, analysis), including verification that configuration of hardware and software matches Project CCB release version.
    • 5) Prepare test procedure and coordinate a pre-flight Combined System Test (CST) where engines are run, control room and other communications, experimental and other modifications are operating, functionally tested and formally checked out.
  • Develop, perform and/or support briefings, preliminary and critical design reviews, peer reviews, and airworthiness processes.
  • Provide technical assistance during development of integrated test plans, which include (but are not limited to) project plans, ground test plans, program objectives, mission rules, control room requirements, and test range requirements.
  • Provide project engineering for flight planning, mission simulation, crew training, development of flight procedures, and mission monitoring.
  • Support aircraft flight operations, modifications, maintenance planning, and troubleshooting including aircraft Weight and Balance activities.
  • Maintain Aircraft Configuration management (flight and maintenance manuals) as required including management and disposition of Time Compliance Technical Order (TCTO), Airworthiness Directives, and Maintenance Directives (MDs) as required.
  • Support and lead NASA aircraft safety processes.
  • Participate and take on leadership roles in Operations Working Groups (OWGs), Mission Rule Working Groups (MRWGs), Systems Safety Working Groups (SSWGs),
  • Participate or lead in pre-mission deployments representing the Ops Engineering branch
  • Develop procedures for assembly, installation and integration of scientific instruments into NASAs aircraft;
  • Develop procedures for proper assembly, installation and integration of scientific instruments in support of the Science Mission Directorate and of Earth science research requiring high-altitude, long-distance airborne capability;
  • Develop and/or modify existing procedures for the proper installation and integration of experiments supporting environmental science research, conducting flight demonstrations for expanded markets, missions and airborne capabilities that are compatible with NASAs wide-ranging Earth-observation activities which are critical to developing responses to environmental change here and around the world;
  • Analyze project objectives and requirements, develop plans for conducting projects, provide support for the project safety review process, including participation in the development of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, documentation of hazards, and the specification and implementation of mitigations to those hazards.
  • Review project instructions to ascertain requirements, specifications, procedures, objectives, equipment, nature of technical problem, and possible solutions.
  • Set up and conduct tests or studies of complete systems, components, or concepts under research test conditions to investigate proposals for improving performance or other factors; or to obtain data for development, standardization, and quality control with some supervisory direction and review.
  • Record test or report procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and make recommendations for changes.
  • Create reports and other documentation necessary to describe the results of studies and/or tests.
  • Analyze indicated and calculated results in relation to requirements, specifications, or test objectives.
  • Mentors engineers in specific technical areas and/or the system engineering process and project management principles.
  • Perform work in accordance with NASA ISO AS9100 procedures and applicable regulatory requirements.

Founded in 1975, AMERICAN SYSTEMS is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States. We are a government services contractor focused on delivering Strategic Solutions to complex national priority programs with 100+ locations worldwide. Our employee-owners are encouraged to make a difference, implement new ideas in a collaborative environment, and focus on mission critical success. Through our focus on quality, strong cultural beliefs and innovation we deliver excellence every day. Join us!



Job Requirements
  • Experience in one or more of the following technology areas are highly desirable: manned or unmanned aircraft operations, Time Compliance Technical Order (TCTO), Airworthiness Directives, and Maintenance Directives (MDs), flight test planning and execution, aircraft safety processes
  • Serve as an operational engineer for AFRC projects which may include manned or unmanned projects to develop and assist in the development of advanced autonomous aircraft system technologies, development and implementation of flight vehicle integration procedures across all required disciplines and organizations inside and outside of NASA.
  • Application of Engineering principles and Systems Engineering processes.
  • Must be able to manage and decompose requirements in specific technical areas.
  • Strong communications and ability to work in a team environment a must.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Government Security Clearance.
  • Must have a Bachelors Degree in Engineering plus16 years technical expereince..
EOE M/F/Disability/Veterans

Keywords: American Systems, Lancaster , Operations Engineer, Other , lancaster, California

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