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University of Washington WIND TUNNEL ENGINEER in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 190042


Posting Date: 05/04/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education

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. (

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. Aeronautics and Astronautics has an outstanding opportunity for a Wind Tunnel Engineer. The Wind Tunnel 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. Under the supervision of the Wind Tunnel Manager, 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. RESPONSIBILITIES: Wind Tunnel Data Processing: (50%) • Process and reduce experimental data sets for clients, including data quality control. • Apply understanding of aerodynamic principles and wind tunnel instrumentation to monitor data quality and accuracy during testing and in post processing. • Develop, maintain, and update wind tunnel data reduction software in MATLAB, Python, C++ and/or Visual Basic. • Use wind tunnel data correction methods to achieve meaningful deliverables to wind tunnel testing clients. • Possess strong understanding of wind tunnel model setup, maintenance, and scale effects that influence data accuracy. • Utilize understanding of the aerodynamic effects that may influence wind tunnel data to troubleshoot hardware and software. • Evaluate existing test systems, methods, data acquisition, etc. and recommend improvements. • Manage multiple priorities to meet deadlines while maintaining attention to detail. • Produce written reports for wind tunnel clients in a timely manner. Wind Tunnel Test Operations: (50%) • Interact with wind tunnel customers to determine test needs, specifications and scope of data collection. • Train and monitor student crew to handle, install, and adjust wind tunnel models. • Apply principles of electrical engineering through the use of oscilloscopes, multimeters, data acquisition equipment, frequency counters, signal generators, and similar test equipment. • Coordinate with department IT personnel to implement, troubleshoot, and maintain local computer networks, Windows domains, Active Directory, group policies, various file servers, and 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). • 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, and instrumentation - Hoist and rigging equipment Professional Growth Professional development is 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. REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelors degree from an accredited engineering program • 2 years of Electronics and instrumentation experience • Familiarity with wind tunnel testing techniques (tare and interference testing, flow visualization, ground plane testing, wake surveys, etc). • Proficiency in at least one of the following: MATLAB, Python, C++, VisualBasic? 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. • Demonstrated critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills. • Demonstrated ability to work alone and as part of an engineering team Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. DESIRED EXPERIENCE • 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. • Proficiency with LabVIEW & National Instruments products, includes implementing, developing & testing code. • Proficiency with electronics, circuit design, and soldering. • Understanding and implementation of export controls and ITAR. • Knowledge of, and experience with software development. • Knowledge of, and experience with, compressed gas plumbing, pressure regulators, and typical compressed gas applications. • Proficiency with at least a few of the following engineering software products: Solidworks, NX, AutoCAD, CATIA, MATLAB, GNU-Octave, Mathematica, LabVIEW, Visual Studio, Arduino. • 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 Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.