Senior Controls & Instrumentation Engineer

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Your Impact:

Join our team turning abstract ideas into realities. Collaborate with industry experts to develop solutions to mission-critical challenges, such as NASA’s return to the moon, the DoD’s national security initiatives, international automotive manufacturers’ development of fuel-efficient and electric vehicles, and the DoE’s energy research. At Jacobs, we tackle challenges in emerging technologies, cyber, intelligence, space exploration, energy transformation, and resiliency to ensure national security. As the world’s thinkers, visionaries, and doers, we disrupt the status quo and affect real, meaningful change in how we provide solutions to our customers, operate our business, and support communities.

Our Group specializes in the design, construction, and operation of unique and complex research and development facilities, including, as examples, wind tunnels (aerospace, automotive, and motorsports), rocket test stands, climatic chambers, jet engine test cells, acoustic chambers, altitude test facilities, captive trajectory systems, and nuclear facilities. Our projects span the automotive, motorsports, defense, nuclear, and aerospace markets. Recent clients include Audi, Boeing, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda, General Motors, NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Energy, Volkswagen, confidential F1 motorsports clients, and many others in North America, Europe, and Asia..

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JTG is looking for a Senior Controls & Instrumentation Engineer to support projects ranging from small studies to multi-million dollar turn-key supply. A successful candidate must be team-oriented, organized, able to communicate to all levels of the organization, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Your work will be unique and challenging while supporting several projects in a dynamic and exciting environment. This position will provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to work with a team of motivated engineering and business professionals who work to ensure client satisfaction and deliver projects within scope, budget, and schedule.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead teams in developing hardware assembly and wiring diagrams for control and data acquisition systems.
  • Lead development of control system software designs that include control of temperature, pressure, humidity, flow, force, motion of mechanisms, system safety, human safety, and other advanced process and electromechanical systems.
  • Developing control system software in PLC ladder logic, function block, HMI programming, etc.
  • Developing interfaces to facility equipment using hardwired interfaces and industrial networks.
  • Applying closed loop controls methods, both classical and modern, to control continuously variable systems.
  • Providing quality system processes such as checking the work of others, following standard procedures, and ensuring compliance to codes and standards.
  • Providing on-site team direction of facility startup, checkout, and commissioning activities, both domestically and abroad.
  • Coordinating with other engineering disciplines and departments to ensure success.
  • Planning labor resources and scheduling project milestones to ensure project completion within technical scope, budget, and client schedule.
  • Developing proposals to capture future work with current clients and new markets.
  • Leading control and data acquisition projects through all phases to include design, fabrication, implementation, testing and commissioning.
  • Mentor junior and mid-level engineers on engineering and business development processes.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Electrical, Mechatronics, or Computer Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in control or data acquisition system design, implementation, and commissioning.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in good standing is a plus.
  • Experience in a lead engineer role, managing resources to a schedule and budget, coordinating with other disciplines, estimating labor requirements for new and existing projects
  • Experienced software developer in a high-level environment such as C/C++/C# or with an engineering application software tool such as LabVIEW, MATLAB and SIMULINK/SIMSCAPE. Experienced PLC and HMI software developer in one of the major environments (for instance, Rockwell Software Studio 5000, SIEMENS TIA Portal, Emerson PC ME) with a working knowledge of the other environments.
  • Experience selecting, specifying, and procuring process instrumentation and actuation hardware, control and data acquisition system hardware, PLCs, drive and motion systems, automation network hardware, interconnect cabling and supporting equipment.
  • A solid math background to select and develop data uncertainty calculations, digital filter algorithms, control transfer function realizations, and process simulation.
  • An ability to lead single and multi-discipline engineering teams to deliver technically successful control and data systems, often unique one-of-a-kind systems. Must train, encourage, and mentor junior colleagues.
  • A desire to develop ingenious alternative approaches to challenges, and drive innovation during all phases of projects.
  • US Citizenship

Essential Functions

Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position

  • Lifting 50 lbs. (<5%)
  • Maneuver in and around facility equipment for field measurements or troubleshooting (10%-20%)
  • Proximity to extreme temperature variations and rotating equipment (<10%)
  • Exposure to high noise levels (10%-20%)
  • Proximity to electrical circuits up to 480VAC (5%-15%)
  • Special clothing/equipment may include appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including eye protection, hearing protection, arc flash protection, etc. (5%-15%)

Description of Work Environment

  • Office, lab environment, or indoors on a construction site (>80%)
  • Field work outside (10%-20%)
  • Travel to customer sites for meetings, installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting (>30%)

Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks

  • General office equipment (>80%)
  • Control devices such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), servo drives, industrial instrumentation, data acquisition measurement systems, etc. (>50%)
  • Multimeters (5%-15%)
  • Signal generators and Oscilloscopes (5%-15%)
  • Handheld electrical tools such as strippers, cutters, crimpers, terminators, etc. (5%-15%)

Criticality of Attendance

  • Work arrangement is for work to be performed in the office (baseline). Hybrid work arrangement possible for proven performers and depending on project responsibilities.
  • Overtime to meet project schedules and milestones (10%-20%)
  • Field assignments that include 2nd or 3rd shift (5%-15%)
  • Field work attendance and punctuality is critical

Other Essential Functions

  • Note that during periods of on-site support, time requirements listed above as unusual or special and affecting environment and equipment encountered will be substantially different up to and including 100%.