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 Aero-Performance 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 Aero-Performance 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 and delivered.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provide technical expertise to the users of the ground test facilities in planning test projects to ensure proper match of facility requirements with capabilities, balance of resources, and integration of schedules. Work with the test customer to understand data requirements and measurement needs (including accuracies, instrumentation requirements and performance calculations).
2. Act as liaison between the test customer, electrical/instrumentation engineers, and the data acquisition system programmer. 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. 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 code for data acquisition and analysis of test data. Develop on-line data displays (graphical and tabular) for use in data visualization, analysis and troubleshooting during testing. Support development of more complex code in collaboration with data acquisition system programmers.
5. Understand and apply aerodynamic and aero-propulsion 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 development of detailed project plan and project schedule, task list, duration estimates, and assignment of resources relevant to data acquisition, programming and instrumentation needs. 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. Prepare documentation supporting facility development efforts.
9. Prepare specifications and purchase requisitions for facility hardware.
10. Provide support for training of other engineers and technicians.
11. Develop presentations to present at design reviews, safety reviews, and other technical forums.
12. Provide periodic status reports on each assigned task to contractor and customer management.
13. Conduct design of experiments and experimental error analyses.
14. Conduct calibrations and characterizations of test facilities (e.g., wind tunnel set point calibration, in-situ instrument calibration, flow quality characterization).
1. General knowledge and understanding of aerospace ground 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 (e.g., aircraft performance, air-breathing engine performance, fluid dynamics).
6. Programming skills are highly desirable (C++, C, Fortran, MATLAB®).
7. Proficient in use of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.