Sr. Metrologist

Location US-NM-White Sands Test Facility
Posted Date 2 months ago(5/17/2022 4:05 PM)
Job ID
# Positions
Experience (Years)
Type of Position
Regular Full-Time
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Visa Requirements
Citizen only


Sierra Lobo, offers customers a full range of professional and technical capabilities, including Test and Evaluation, Systems Engineering, and Advanced Technologies.  We also develop products and processes related to Cryogenic Fluid and Thermal Management Systems, Densified Propellant Management Systems, and Prototype Extreme Pressure and Temperature Systems.  Our customers include the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


This position is located at the White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, NM. 




This is a NASA Test and Evaluation Contract position in the Technical Services Department at the NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF); include conducting technical support to the WSTF Measurement Standards and Calibration Laboratory (MSCL) to ensure traceability and quality measurements in all aspects of the services provided by the MSCL. Independently solves calibration/measurement problems utilizing multiple technical approaches such as the use of statistics to analyze measurement standards and processes, conduct evaluations, calculations, maintaining and preparing final designs of measurement systems, prepares documents such as technical and safety reviews, and work job instructions. Design and implements new calibration/measurement equipment in accordance to client requirements. Correct identified deficiencies in existing procedures, or within test and measurement systems, participate in preparing uncertainty budgets to properly account for current and future calibration and testing requirements. Communicate and coordinate with laboratory personnel and associated clients. Provide technical input and calibration support to onsite technical staff and develop documentation on computer applications to automate calibration calculations and measurements.

  • Assists management with schedule as directed for the group to be consistent with budgetary and time constraints with emphasis on safety operations.
  • Assists employees with problem resolution; coaches and as required counsels’ employees; assures compliance with and activity supports EEO/AA programs.
  • Develops innovative approaches to non-routine, nonrecurring work requests based on acquired expertise and knowledge of organizational philosophy and personnel capabilities.
  • Researches, evaluates, and implements improvements in laboratory measurement processes.
  • Calculates measurement system accuracies and Test Accuracy Ratios (TARS) by determining and properly combining system component accuracies.
  • Assists management in maintaining technical resources by remaining current in the newest calibration/measurement theories, equipment, methodologies, research, and specifications. This includes maintaining a technical library.
  • Assists management with providing quality metrology services with documentation of records and objective compliance to NASA-STD- 8739.12 and ANSI/NCSL Z540.1-1994, and other standards as contractually required.
  • Assist in directing and maintaining the laboratory policies, procedures, instructions, and plans of the Metrology and Calibration Program.
  • Acts as the Project Lead on projects directed by management.
  • Writes technical/administrative reports and conducts technical presentations.
  • Assists management as a primary Measurement Assurance Program (MAP) contact to other NASA centers and NASA HQ.
  • Assists management in planning, implementing, and conducting MAPs as directed by NASA and the MCWG. Contributes to compilation of NASA reference publications.
  • Performs any other related duties as may be required to meet objectives of the group, provides training; maintains appropriate records.


Must be able to work advance projects under the direction of the sections Manager, experienced engineers, and our NASA client. Must have the ability to communicate effectively, work well in a team environment, have positive safety and customer focus, build professional relationships with internal customers and department personnel. Perform other specific and limited technical tasks of a broader assignment, under the direction of experienced personnel. Understanding basic principles of project planning and execution is desirable. Candidate must have organization, time management, and prioritization skills. Domestic travel maybe required. Must be a U.S. Citizen and pass a Federal background investigation.  

Minimum of two (2) years college or vocational training in area of specialty plus twelve (12) years relevant experience, or any equivalent combination of education/experience for a total of fourteen years.  Must be able to regularly lift 50 lbs. and occasionally 75 lbs. Position involves extended periods of sitting or standing. Physical requirements are: sitting, walking, standing, extensive use of stairs, and access to remote structures. Position is located on a hazardous testing facility; must be able to quickly evacuate buildings in the event of an emergency.


Preferred Skill Sets / Training

  • ASQ Calibration Technician Certification (CCT), DoD PMEL/NAVAIR Calibration Training.
  • Managing Measurement Assurance Programs (MAPs) and/or Proficiency Testing (PT)
  • Fluke Met/Cal or National Conference of Standards Labs International (NCSLI) Recommended Practice (RP)-03 procedure development.


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