Engineer I

RTP, North Carolina
02 Sep 2016
04 Jan 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Jacobs is seeking an engineer to join our Design and Sampling team in support of our Research Laboratory Support (RLS) contract with the U.S. EPA National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) - Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD) located in Research Triangle Park, NC. The ideal candidate will have professional skills and specialized academic training in a technical field that will be used for and will lead to considerable amount of independent, self-managed work. The ideal candidate's duties will also develop into the management of tasks and possibly projects.

Responsibilities may include:

Collaboration with environmental scientists, planners, engineers, and other specialists, to address environmental problems.

Operation of air quality instrumentation. Operating, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing complex sampling equipment.

Originating and/or amend written standard operating procedures, quality assurance plans, and work plans as related to air emissions research tasks.

Conduct field air sampling studies in different parts of the US (0-15% travel possible).

Air Quality data handling and data analysis.

Operating environmental test equipment and collecting data, such as gas emissions, flow rates and temperatures.

Reviewing data to ensure compliance with project data quality goals and to identify areas for improvement in the quality system.

Maintaining hard-copy and electronic records of measurement results and reports in accordance with Jacobs Technology and EPA records management protocols.

Performing all laboratory work in accordance with established Jacobs and EPA safety and quality assurance protocols.

Additional information:

This person will be continually learning and developing new skill sets as the research objectives change.

Excellent verbal communication skills in working with peers and client are required.

Ability to work independently, as well as with a team is required.
Minimum Qualifications:

Years of experience: 0-2

Education: Minimum of a B.S. degree in Electrical, Environmental, or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution

Skills required: Strong written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally the results of research experiments to Jacobs Technology and EPA personnel., strong computer skills using Microsoft Office including excellence in the use of data analysis software such as Microsoft Excel, R, Matlab, etc., the ability and drive to perform field studies and preparation of project reports, the ability to travel and perform field studies at remote sites within the US.

Preferred Qualifications:

Years of experience: 2

Education: M.S. degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering from an accredited institution

Skills preferred: Experience with Maker and Arduino environments. Knowledge of air quality measurements preferred. Experience operating instrumentation or continuous emission monitors; experience with electronic (emission or diagnostic) analyzers; Some experience modelling atmospheric emission scenarios. Examples of strong mechanical diagnostic skills will be viewed favorably in this candidate.

Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position



10 % of Time

• Lifting

• Climbing

• Crawling

• Special clothing/equipment (wearing)

• Unusual physical requirements

• High noise level

• Other

• Some lifting required (50 lbs)

• Industrial PPE (safety glasses, protective shoes, lab coats)

• Must be comfortable working in an outdoor field environment from time to time.

Description of Work Environment



50 % of Time

• Inside? Outside? Where

• Combination of above

• Extreme (hot/cold) temperatures involved

• Hazardous conditions - What are they

• Travel/transportation requirements

• Other

• Occasional outdoor near road sampling.

• Typically laboratory or industrial indoor setting

• Some industrial and laboratory hazards present

• Field deployment at remote sites within the US for 2-4 weeks at a time for as many as 2-4 events per year.

Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks



100 % of Time

• Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?

• Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?

• Tools used in trade - which ones?

• Other

• Ambient air quality monitoring instrumentation

• Excel, R, Matlab data processing softwares.

• Source emission monitors; UV, IR, GFC-Chemiluminescent

• Supervisory and Control Data Acquisition systems (SCADA)

• CAD drawing software

• Various devices for the measurement of gas flow rates, temperature, and pressure

• Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products

Criticality of Attendance



100 % of Time

• Overtime, regular days, off days

• Shift, 2nd, 3rd

• Necessity for regular attendance

• Urgency for punctuality

• Regular days

• Regular attendance necessary

• Core working hours 9:00 a.m. to 3: p.m.

• Field deployment likely and could potentially be for 2-4 weeks at a time.

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