Junior Controls & Instrumentation Engineer

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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 Junior 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.

Under the supervision of senior engineering staff, responsibilities include:

  • Developing hardware assembly and wiring diagrams for control and data acquisition systems.
  • Implementing 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.
  • Implementing interfaces to facility equipment using hardwired interfaces and industrial networks.
  • Applying closed loop controls methods, both classical and modern, to control continuously variable systems.
  • Supporting hardware assembly and fabrication.
  • Performing facility startup, checkout, and commissioning, both domestically and abroad.
  • Communicating with clients and management regarding project status.
  • Coordinating with other engineering disciplines and departments to ensure success.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Electrical, Mechatronics, or Computer Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program.
  • 0-5 years of experience in control or data acquisition system design, implementation, or commissioning.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Experience in software development with a high-level programming language such as C/C /C# and with engineering application software tools such as LabVIEW, MATLAB and SIMULINK. Basic knowledge of PLC and HMI programming environments such as Rockwell Software Studio 5000, SIEMENS TIA Portal, and Emerson PAC ME is a plus.
  • An interest and background in electronics, instrumentation, control and data acquisition systems, PLCs, variable frequency drive systems, motion control systems, sensors and transmitters, actuators, PID control, and communication networks.
  • A solid math background to select and develop data uncertainty calculations, digital filter algorithms, control transfer function realizations, and process simulation.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment to design, develop, and deliver control and data acquisition systems. Additionality must possess self-motivation and initiative to work alone when necessary.
  • 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 (5%-15%)
  • 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

  • Regular attendance in office is mandatory
  • 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%.