The Test Facilities Operation, Maintenance and Engineering (TFOME) team at the NASA Glenn Research Center provides engineering and technical services in the areas of aeropropulsion, space propulsion and power test facilities. TFOME management is dedicated to excellence in service and to providing outstanding technical opportunities for our employees. We specialize in providing unique products and services to NASA Glenn. We are currently seeking Data Engineer candidates to join our team that will be providing facility and test engineering support as part of the TFOME contract at the NASA Glenn Research Center.
Function of Position: The data engineer is responsible for the integrity of the overall data acquisition process and works closely with the test customer, electrical and instrumentation engineers and computer programmers to ensure that high quality data is being collected. An aero-mechanical test engineer provides Engineering support and leadership in the planning, design, and technical execution of mechanical engineering/technical tasks for an assigned test or facility project at a test facility.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Provides technical expertise to the users of the ground test facilities in planning test projects to insure proper match of facility requirements with capabilities, balance of resources, and integration of schedules. Specifically for the data engineer, work with the test customer to understand data requirements, measurement needs including accuracies, instrumentation requirements and the performance calculations.
2. The data engineer is the liaison between the test customer, electrical/instrumentation engineers and the data acquisition system programmer. The data engineer will work with the test customer in the development of requirements for the data acquisition and analysis software then with the programmer to implement the requirements into the data collection and analysis software.
3. The data engineer will work directly with the electrical test engineers and technicians to ensure that the data systems are properly configured and that all instrumentation is functioning properly.
4. Develop and support development of code for data acquisition and analysis of test data. Develop on-line data displays (graphical and tabular displays) for use in data analysis and troubleshooting during testing.
5. Must have an understanding of the aerodynamic and aeropropulsion concepts that are being studied in each test program. A background in aerospace engineering is highly desired.
6. Provide project management support for an assigned test project including developing detailed project plan and project schedule with task list, durations and assignment of resources relevant to data acquisition, programming and instrumentation needs. Will work with the electrical engineers and programmers to develop the schedule input and with the project lead for integration with the overall project schedule.
7. Support large and small scale aerospace ground testing projects, including involvement of system and hardware installation, measurement and data requirements, data analysis, instrumentation specifications, and final report generation. Test projects cover a wide variety of test types in many facilities including wind tunnels, air-breathing engine and engine component facilities, acoustic chambers, space propulsion (chemical and electrical) and space environment chambers (including cryogenic applications).
8. Prepares documentation supporting facility development efforts.
9. Prepares specifications and purchase requisitions for facility hardware.
10. Provides support for training of other engineers and technicians.
11. Develops presentations, and presents at design reviews, safety reviews, and other technical presentations.
12. Provide periodic status reports on each assigned task to contractor and customer management.
13. Conduct design of experiments and experimental error analyses.
14. Responsible for the calibration of test facilities (i.e. wind tunnel set point calibration and flow quality studies).
1. General knowledge and understanding of aerospace testing and facility operations.
2. Understanding of mechanical test systems involving hydraulics, high vacuum, pneumatics, fluid mechanics, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, and mechanical design.
3. General understanding of electronic test systems involving data acquisition, sensors, and signal conditioning.
4. Requires, as a minimum, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering or equivalent and two years' applicable experience.
5. Aerospace engineering degree and background are preferred due to the need to understand the concepts being tested, such as aircraft performance, air-breathing engine performance, fluid dynamics, etc.
6. Programming skills are highly desirable, particularly a working knowledge of MATLAB®.
7. Proficient in use of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
COVID-19 Regulations: As a federal government contractor, we comply with all customer, federal, state, and local requirements regarding COVID-19 regulations, including COVID-19 vaccinations and testing requirements. This means that our employees and new hires, whether working at a customer site, or working remotely, will need to adhere to applicable COVID-19 requirements. These requirements may include vaccination, attestations regarding your vaccination status and/or COVID-19 testing, and you may be required to show proof of vaccination and/or negative test results as a condition of your employment. Requests for an accommodation will be reviewed and assessed under applicable laws and regulations.