Instrumentation Technician-Kirsten Wind Tunnel

University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on May 3, 2020
Req #: 173811
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Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 11/04/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Limited Recruitment: Other
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

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The Test Engineer provides application assistance to wind tunnel customers and performs software development for data acquisition/control applications. The Test Engineer implements and supports scientific instrumentation and data acquisition for wind tunnel testing. The position is responsible for applying principles of technology covered, as needed, by Federal export control and ITAR regulations, maintaining Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) with test customers, and securing data, as specified by contractual agreements.

The William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Kirsten Wind Tunnel (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:
• Evaluate, select and operate scientific instrumentation and data acquisition systems.
• Develop data acquisition system interface software in Python, C++, and/or LabVIEW.
• Evaluate existing test systems, methods, data acquisition, etc. and recommend improvements.
• 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, developing & 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.
   - Compressed gases
   - Hand tools and machine-shop equipment.(e.g., mills, lathes, drill press, precision measuring tools)
   - Calibrations related to Wind Tunnel balances, controls, fixtures
   - Hoist and rigging equipment

• Interact with wind tunnel customers 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.
• Provide professional customer service through effective and courteous 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.

Professional Growth
Professional development is a very important to the culture of the department and it is essential that employees demonstrate accountability for their own professional growth and competency by seeking opportunities and activities that improve skills to support the department.

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited engineering program and 1 year of electronics and instrumentation 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.
• 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.

• Experience in an aerospace test laboratory environment.
• Aviation experience or related aerospace industry experience.
• Knowledge of, and experience with software development.
• Knowledge of, and experience with, compressed gas plumbing, pressure regulators, and typical compressed gas applications.
• Proficiency with non-Windows operating systems (e.g., Linux).  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 with aerospace materials and/or testing aerospace structures.
• Experience working with students.

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