Senior Controls Engineer - Transonic Wind Tunnel

Location: Buffalo, NY
Date Posted: 08-01-2017
Calspan’s Subsonic, Transonic Wind Tunnel, is the only independently owned and operated wind tunnel in the United States. Our staff is known for its flexibility and responsiveness to our customer’s needs. Customers appreciate this approach, as it enables them in real time, to refine test programs. Wind Tunnel test programs that support the various phases of an aircraft’s development.

The Senior Controls Engineer performs research, design and test and interface development of electrical control systems including digital and analog systems.  Provides guidance and troubleshooting support of existing electrical control equipment. Mentors Engineers and Technicians.

Due to the security requirements for this position, US Citizenship is required.

Description for Senior Controls Engineer:
  • Support execution of testing operations in accurate and efficient manner.  Define project requirements, including deliverables and constraints, designing and developing a solution and conducting necessary activities to confirm and validate solution.
  • Lead or assist on special projects to determine, develop and implement new technologies for future growth in capabilities and offerings.
  • Develop new applications and test procedures; ensure conformity to standards, procedures, and regulatory requirements; and that they are under configuration control.
  • Maintain engineering data and/or drawings.  Ensure designs and data/analyses/drawings are accurate, integrated, clearly communicated and complete.
  • Review and prepare reports, proposals, and presentations analyzing customer technical requirements and recommend solutions beneficial to the customer.
  • Provide technical guidance to personnel involved in developing design approaches and executing test procedures.  Review and correct drawings to ensure proper engineering techniques. Support day-to-day operations.

Preferred Education / Experience for Senior Controls Engineer:
  • Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical, Control Systems Engineering, or related discipline. Advanced degrees preferred.
  • 5+ years’ experience in Electrical, Control Systems Engineering or related discipline.

Preferred Knowledge / Ability for Senior Controls Engineer:
  • Experience with test system automation.
  • Background in the design of complex analog and digital control circuits.
  • Strong understanding of electrical or hydraulic motion control systems, familiarity with motor drives, and hydraulic motion controls.
  • Experience in test software coding; C++, Matlab, NI LabVIEW, Python, etc.
  • Familiarity with OrCAD.
  • Experience with data acquisition, signal conditioning and instrumentation.        
  • Proven track record of solving difficult problems.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.  Calspan will not sponsor employment-based visas for this position. 
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