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The Test Engineer provides application assistance to aeronautical engineering clients and supports laboratory computing resources. The Test Engineer implements and supports scientific instrumentation and data acquisition. They take part in training and managing the student crew of the wind tunnel, covering all technical and safety aspects of their work at the wind tunnel. The positon is responsible for applying principles of technology covered, as needed, by Federal export control and ITAR regulations, maintaining Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) with test clients, and securing data, as specified by contractual agreements.
The William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Kirsten Wind Tunnel (Click here: KWT) in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington has an opportunity for a Test Engineer. The KWT is a self-supporting, auxiliary enterprise that provides commercial and academic testing. The Test Engineer reports to the Manager of the KWT.
Support Kirsten Wind Tunnel as follows:
- Work independently to evaluate, select and operate scientific instrumentation, data acquisition systems, lasers, optics, pressure gauges, strain gauges, flow control devices, actuators, servo motors, transducers, and accelerometers.
- Apply principles of electrical engineering through the use of oscilloscopes, multimeters, data acquisition equipment, frequency counters, signal generators, and similar test equipment.
- Proficiency with LabVIEW & National Instruments products, includes implementing, development & testing code
- Proficiency with electronics, circuit design, and soldering.
- Process and reduce experimental data sets for clients support, including data quality control.
- Fabricate and test aerospace materials and structures.
- Perform maintenance, troubleshoot test equipment/software.
- Regularly operate or use the following:
- Electronics benchtop test equipment
- Test support fixtures (stands) or electro-mechanical test fixtures.
- Laboratory gases in CG cylinders, chemicals and fuels used in hobby aircraft and model rocketry, chemicals and fuels used in traditional university undergraduate aerospace experiments.
- Hand tools and machine-shop equipment.(ie: Iathe drills, lathes, drill press)
- Calibrations related to Wind Tunnel balances, controls, fixtures
- Interact with wind tunnel clients to determine test needs, specifications and scope of data collection.
- Coordinate with department IT personal to implement, troubleshoot, and maintain local computer networks, domains, active directories, group policies, file servers, backup appliances.
- Document service and design specifications using CAD, wiring schematics, circuits, diagrams, illustrations and written instructions.
- Secure and follow standards and procedures to ensure safety in all aspects of the operation of the KWT.
- Lead Responsibilities:
- Direct the work of up to fifteen student employees as described below:
- Discuss theory of operation of test or fabrication equipment with small groups of engineering students.
- Demonstrate operation of equipment.
- Explain hazards and safety procedures.
- Demonstrate or explain technical specifications.
- Provide excellent customer service through effective, courteous and professional interactions with clients, colleagues and the campus community.
- Identify, interpret and follow policies and procedures (academic, federal, state and other).
- Manage multiple priorities to meet deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.
- Actively participate in meetings and training as scheduled.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited engineering program and 3 years engineering experience.
- Must be a United States Citizen, due to frequent access to technology covered by Federal export control and ITAR regulations.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Understanding and implementation of export controls and ITAR.
- Knowledge of, and experience with, electrical and electronics principles and the ability to apply those principles through the use of oscilloscopes, multimeters, data acquisition equipment, frequency counters, signal generators, and similar test equipment.
- Electronics assembly skills.
- Proficiency utilizing computers running Windows and using business applications (MS Excel, MS Word, email programs).
- Demonstrated critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
- A Master’s degree in engineering is desired.
- Aeronautics experimentation utilizing wind tunnels and reduction of wind tunnel test data.
- Aviation experience or related aerospace industry experience.
- Knowledge of, and experience with, electrical power circuits (120VAC, 220VAC, 1 and 3 phase).
- Knowledge of, and experience with, compressed gas usage and application.
- Proficiency with non-Windows operating systems. Proficiency with at least a few of the following engineering software products: Solidworks, NX, AutoCAD, CATIA, MATLAB, GNU-Octave, Mathematica, LabVIEW, Visual Studio.
- Knowledge of, and experience with, science experimentation products such as lasers, optics, pressure gauges, flow control devices, actuators, servo motors, transducers, and accelerometers.
- Experience fabricating or testing aerospace materials or aerospace structures.
- Experience working with students.
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