Test Engineer - ERC

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Job Description

Location:  The Test Engineer will support the Redstone Test Center (RTC) Missile and Sensors Test Directorate (MSTD) Test Engineering Division (MSE) located on the Redstone Arsenal neighboring Huntsville, Alabama.  The Test Engineer may be assigned duties, outlined in detail in the Job Description section below, that correspond to the candidate’s experience, coursework, interests, and/or as MSTD test engineering needs, workload, and/or testing schedule dictates.

Requirements/Qualifications:  Must possess a Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) Degree in Engineering from an accredited college/university.  May have zero to twelve (0-12) years of related work experience.  Candidate must be willing to work outdoors up to 60% of the time or as testing dictates, regardless of weather conditions.  Candidate must be willing to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.  Travel may be required up to 20% of the time.

Desired Skills:  Department of Defense work experience and/or school coursework including Propulsion, Electro-Optical / Infrared Theory, Design, and/or Testing, the Design of Experiments and Tests, Missile Warhead Design and/or Testing, and/or Flight Testing of Missiles, Rockets, and/or Machine Guns.  Active Secret Security Clearance preferred.

Job Description: 

Support may include ground and airborne testing of missile seeker and sensor systems in open air field environments and for laboratory test and evaluation of assemblies, subassemblies, and components.  Typical tests may include Stabilized Electro-Optical Airborne Instrumentation Platforms, ground based sensors, spectral characterization of targets and environments, testing of detection, acquisition, and recognition systems, GPS tracking tests, flare effectiveness testing, air/ground obscurant testing, Electro Optics / Infrared Sensor Characterization, Forward Looking Infrared, Direct View Optics, biometric, and hyperspectral sensor systems and subsystems.  The Test Engineer may support the design and development of new test techniques and equipment required to test and evaluate ultra violet, visible, near-infrared, mid wave-infrared, longwave-infrared devices and systems, and interface and coordinate with field test groups to gather data for verification, validation, and accreditation of modeling and simulation related activities.


Support may include the evaluation of flight test capabilities of tactical guided missiles, rockets, and machine guns for ground and aviation platforms; aviation weapons systems integration for U.S. Army aviation platforms; and customized testing of weapon system technologies and components.  Typical tests may include remote or man-fired testing of tactical guided missiles, rockets, and machine guns from both ground and aviation platforms against stationary or moving targets; aviation weapons and survivability testing; ground vehicle weapon platform integration and testing; gun and ballistics testing; high-speed digital imaging for launch, target, and warhead data collection.  In addition, the Test Engineer may provide support for the evaluation of warhead system lethality and performance using both dynamic and static test techniques.  Typical tests include warhead lethality and performance via dynamic monorail sled tracks; static warhead penetration tests; static warhead arena tests; air gun warhead effects; reverse ballistics testing; behind armor debris tests; and supersonic rocket-on-a-rope testing for warhead assessments.  Required services may include test engineering planning; test design; modeling and simulation, test instrumentation coordination, data processing/instrumentation calibration, on-site test participation to include operation of test equipment and ground vehicles; data reduction and analysis; and report preparation as it relates to system performance. 


Support may include testing of liquid, solid, and hybrid rocket and missile propulsion systems.  Typical tests include rocket motor and warhead dissection; exhaust plume attenuation and signature testing; six degrees of freedom motor firings with thrust vector control systems; testing with hypergolic fuels and oxidizers; mobile liquid propellant action response (LPAR) team; ground testing of helicopter engines; safety of flight testing (explosive atmosphere); high altitude and rapid decompression; aircraft and aviation propulsion component testing and condition based maintenance testing.  The Test Engineer’s duties may include engineering planning; test design; modeling and simulation; test instrumentation coordination, data processing/instrumentation calibration, on-site test participation, data reduction and analysis, and report preparation as it relates to system performance.  The Test Engineer may also provide specialized support of high speed digital imagery and flash radiography.  The Test Engineer may support sampling and tanking/detanking operations of liquid fuels and oxidizers requiring the use of respiratory protection equipment provided by the Government.

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