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Research and Development Engineer (Vehicle Systems and Test Engineer)

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University Park PA
Undersea Systems
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Applied Research Laboratory
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U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at ARL

The Undersea Systems Office (USO) at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is looking for a test engineer to join our Vehicle Operations Department located in Keyport, WA, to support maintenance, repair, and operations. Responsibilities include: Systems Engineering: Lead the maintenance, repair, and operations of ARL’s Large Test Vehicles (LTV) to include the electrical, logical, and mechanical systems with a focus on reliability; develop a systems understanding of software, hardware, and mechanical interfaces for the Large Diameter Vehicles; document vehicle interfaces for the integration of experiments and payloads; specify and assist in vehicle design changes to improve performance or correct deficiencies; and troubleshoot or direct the troubleshooting of vehicle systems and subsystems; Engineering Support: Assist in the layout, fabrication, assembly, documentation, and testing of standard and non-standard electronic equipment; assist in the selection and purchase of materials and components; interact with vendors; install, calibrate, operate, and/or maintain standard and non-standard equipment, experimental hardware, and/or computer systems in the laboratory or in the field; and identify system faults, repair/adjust standard and non-standard equipment as required; Program Execution: Assist ARL Principal Investigators (API) with proposals utilizing ARL LTV; support API in discussions with sponsors to include conceptual design of payloads, sensors and subsystems, and vehicle modifications to support customer payloads and CONOPs; coordinate and lead test CONOPs planning; assist in authoring SOWs and maintain required SOWs; assist API with determining cost of vehicle field testing; assist in planning and coordinating the deployment LTVs and personnel to test locations; act as primary POC and liaison between ARL State College, PA, ARL Keyport, WA, NUWC Keyport, WA, and US Navy; assist with the coordination of the integration of experiments into the vehicles; generate vehicle test plans and conduct Test Readiness Reviews (TRR); act as primary coordinator with range personnel and other outside entities to facilitate test execution to include testing approvals, handling and lifting equipment, and craft support; perform vehicle deck checks and other pre-deployment preparations; operate the vehicle during test events; and manage vehicle performance data, assist with vehicle performance reports to test stakeholders, and maintain reliability database.

This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering is desired. Prior military experience (electronics) is also desired. Experience with LabVIEW tools is preferred. Experience in CAD PCB layout and schematic capture is also preferred. Light physical effort is required to assemble and/or operate equipment. Experience in electronics testing and troubleshooting, fabrication, and/or electromechanics is required. Computer literacy and the ability to assemble and test electronic circuity is also required. Travel to field sites is necessary for this position. Up to 50% travel to the ARL State College, PA, office is required during the first year of employment; after the first year of employment, this travel will decrease.

Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. This is a one-year, fixed-term renewable appointment.

U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at ARL