WVU Research Corporation Engineer in Fairmont, West Virginia
Description Purpose This position provides support to the WV Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC) team for conducting work and research activities in the areas of computer science, information science, mechanical-, aerospace-, software- or electrical- engineering. Specific areas of interest are computer vision, robotics, mechanical design, programming, and software development. The incumbent works in a team setting to accomplish engineering duties and tasks for the development of On-Orbit Satellite Servicing and associated laboratory research activities. Incumbent applies technical knowledge and skills to work on a multitude of projects associated with robotics, structural design, programming, software development, and system solutions.
Duties & Responsibilities Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under general supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 1) Engineering design of hardware and software components to support WVRTC robotic research. 2) Operation of Computer Aided Design software for engineering development. 3) Manufacturing and integration of developed hardware and software to the system level. 4) Assist with general laboratory tasks, and field experiment project activities. 5) Make regular reports and presentation to the sponsoring agency. 6) Develop new research proposals related to the On-orbit Satellite Servicing area. 7) Confer with engineers and other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, and provide technical information. 8) Operate computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks. 9) Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications. 10) Evaluate product data and design from inspections and reports for conformance to engineering principles, customer requirements, and quality standards. 11) Conduct research that tests and analyzes the feasibility, design, operation, and performance of equipment, components, and systems. 12) Maintain records of performance reports for future reference. Review performance reports and documentation from customers and field engineers, and inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to determine problem.
Supervisory/Lead Role This position reports to the Program Manager.
Physical Demands Activities are predominantly non-manual though some manual work not directly involved with altering or transporting of products may be included. Job requires the ability to stand, walk, sit, climb up or down using hands and feet where body agility is emphasized, and balance to prevent body from falling on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. Job also requires manual dexterity and feeling to perceive the attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature, or texture and the ability to reach hands and arms in any direction and stoop to allow the body to bend forwards or downwards which may require the full use of the lower extremities and back muscles. Job requires the ability to kneel, crouch, and crawl. The incumbent must also possess the ability to talk clearly and express or exchange ideas and instructions to workers, clients, or the public accurately, loudly, or quickly. Incumbent must have the ability to hear detailed information through verbal communication and make fine discriminations in sounds such as making fine adjustments on running engines.
Work Environment The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices and labs. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Exposure to mechanical parts, electricity, chemicals, and vibration. Incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications Education and/or Experience 1) BS in computer science, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, or a related field; And 2) Experience performing engineering-related tasks
Certifications, Licenses, Registrations 1) The candidate must hold U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities 1) Ability to apply high-level engineering technical knowledge to job specific tasks and work efficiently to achieve solutions in a time efficient manner 2) Ability to document and present the results of research work 3) Ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines, orientations, and organizations. 4) Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. 5) Ability to write articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format as well as use original or innovative techniques or style due to the nature of the scientific content of the material being presented. 6) Skill to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, as demonstrated by journal publications and presentations at technical meetings. 7) Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. 8) Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.) in its most difficult phases. 9) Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. 10) Ability to meet deadlines, prepare, present and report results effectively. 11) Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 12) Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 13) Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. 14) Skilled at analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Behavioral Competencies 1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others. Recording of data will require precision. 2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely. 3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others. 4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information. 5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values. 6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.
Preferred Qualifications & Credentials Education and/or Experience 1) Experience with CAD 2) Experience programming in C/C++, Matlab, or related
Requisition Number: 16-0040
Post Date: 3/11/2016
Position Type: Full Time
Work Hours: 40 hpw