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At the US Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) within Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Jacobs Technology employees, along with our teammate companies Caelum, SOI, eLe, and Trident ensure the weapons, vehicles, and equipment that the war fighter depends on are safe, effective and reliable. This is your opportunity to help the war fighter ensure they are prepared while protecting our country.
Engineering psychologists are professionals that use psychological theories and principles of human behavior and capabilities to improve and adapt technology, equipment, and work environments to optimize methodologies, performance and safety. The interest is in understanding the capabilities and limitations of human behavior, developing and adjusting systems to maximize these abilities to prevent errors. Products, workspaces and human-machine interactions are designed to more user-friendly and safe.
The Engineer (Human Factors) will:
Perform a variety of routine engineering tasks designed to provide experience and familiarization with engineering methods, practices, and programs.
Work under the guidance and direction of an experienced engineer; assignments screened for unusual or difficult problems and techniques; or procedures to be applied to the solution of problems will be selected by an experienced engineer or the supervisor.
Provide professional engineering support within allocated task resources.
Perform limited portions of engineering tasks under the detailed direction of an experienced engineer. Applies commonly used equations and techniques to solve assigned problems.
Collect and report research data regarding techniques to measure workload stress on military personnel, developing questionnaires, appraising responses, and correlating results.
Conduct tests of military and soldier systems for safety assessments, workspace measurements, reading grade levels, speech intelligibility, anthropometry, and other human factors and Manpower and Personnel Integration Program (MANPRINT) tasks.
Develop or implement research methodologies or statistical analysis plans to test and evaluate developmental prototypes used in new products or processes. This can establish better operating systems or training requirements to ensure optimized human-machine interfaces.
Analyze complex systems to determine potential development production, interoperability and or compatibilities. The knowledge to design experiments and interpret data, analyze results to provide ongoing reports and feedback.
Write, review, or comment on documents, such as proposals, test plans, or procedures.
Develop project objectives by reviewing project proposals and plans and conferring with experienced engineer. Confirm product performance by designing and conducting tests. Determines project schedule by studying project plan and specifications, calculating time requirements, and sequencing project elements. Maintains project schedule by monitoring project progress, coordinating activities, and resolving problems. Controls project plan by reviewing design, specifications, and plan, scheduling changes, and recommending actions.
Maintain a safe and clean working environment by enforcing procedures, rules, and regulations. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering specialization or related discipline.
Essential Functions Form:
UNUSUAL OR SPECIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF POSITION
May require sitting in front of a computer for extended periods of time (up to 70%). The ability to stoop, crawl, crouch, kneel, reach above shoulder level, and climb into or under a vehicle is required (up to 25%). Walking a minimum of 50 yards over rough terrain is required (up to 25%). The ability to push and pull, as well as lift and carry up to 50 pounds is required (up to 25%).
DESCRIPTION OF WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work environment may be inside or outside depending on the task. The ability to work in outside field conditions that include hot and cold extreme temperatures, and other outdoor climatic conditions (up to 25%). Must be able to work in areas where only portable restroom facilities are available (up to 25%). Work environment may be fast-paced and require work under pressure to meet deadlines associated with the completion of a task. Position will require multiple task efforts. Travel may be required periodically for specific task related functions as well as to obtain training necessary for this position.
EQUIPMENT AND MACHINES INVOLVED IN WORK TASKS
Performs planning and execution of test and evaluation programs involving integrated weapons systems and munitions, automotive systems, precision instrumentation systems and unmanned vehicles (up to 90%). May be required to drive auto equipment, forklifts, and other equipment. Work also requires regular use of typical office equipment such as the personal computer (up to 80%), copiers (up to 2%), and fax machines (up to 2%).
CRITICALITY OF ATTENDANCE
Attendance is critical at all times during normal duty hours. Work outside of normal duty hours, including weekends and holidays, may be required with as little as one-hour advance notice.
OTHER ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Must be able to communicate effectively. Must be able to obtain an interim secret security clearance in order to gain access to required areas, networks and systems within thirty (30) days of date of your offer letter. Must further be able to obtain and retain a secret security clearance. Must be able to provide proof of U.S. citizenship. Must be able to obtain and retain unescorted access to work areas. May be subject to other physicals or exams if required to wear a respirator or are designated by the COR to have other physicals due to the work area in which you are assigned. May be subject to exposure to noise, radiation, vibration, lead, dust, acids, and solvents. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment as required. Must have a valid driver’s license and personal transportation for the purpose of moving around on the proving ground to accomplish job functions and in order to operate a rental vehicle if and when travel is required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a military driver’s license within 30 days of employment.
Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a drug-free workplace.