Wind Tunnel Development and Test Engineer for NASA Ames

at Metis Technology Solutions, Inc.
Location Mountain View
Date Posted June 21, 2022
Category Mining / Oil / Gas
Job Type Full Time



Bring your expertise a highly innovative small business providing high end solutions to NASA and other customers where you can make a difference now to the future. Seeking candidate to join NASA's Experimental Aero-Physics branch to support experimental analysis in advanced testing facilities and instrumentation techniques associated with specialized wind tunnels, a water channel, and a pipe flow facility. Projects may include acoustic measurement and advanced instrumentation development and operations to support detailed evaluations of aerodynamic flight characteristics.

This position provides engineering support for planning, setup, execution, and/or data reduction and analysis tasks associated with various aerodynamic, fluid mechanics, and aero-acoustic research programs. Tasking for this position includes developing and operating test equipment and instrumentation to acquire data during wind tunnel tests and/or other experiments, installing and de-installing test equipment and instrumentation in wind tunnels and other test facilities, and operating various software programs to acquire and process test data, develop software as needed.

Duties are typically performed in industrial (wind tunnel), laboratory, and office environments.



BA/BS degree 4 year degree in Engineering from an accredited university required.

Knowledge in one or more fields of Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and/or Aero-acoustics

Master of Science in engineering with experimental background preferred.

One or more years practical engineering experience desired

Required Skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge in one or more fields of Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and/or Aero-acoustics
  • Knowledge of wind tunnel and experimental test techniques, scientific instrumentation, and operations desired
  • Experience with mechanical design, integration, and analysis of test equipment.
  • Experience with CAD Modeling and stress analysis (ProE, Solidworks, etc.) desired
  • Experience with design and operation of motion control systems desired
  • Experience with data reduction and visualization techniques desired
  • Knowledge of data acquisition hardware and software desired
  • Knowledge of LabVIEW, Matlab, and Python programming languages desired
  • Ability to contribute and/or collaborate in writing technical proposals, summaries, and reports
  • Must be able to work professionally, in both team environment and/or with minimal supervision, as required by specific tasks.
  • Must have interpersonal skills to work cooperatively with persons at all levels in various organizations.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively to a broad audience.
  • Must be able to work with common office software such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
  • Must be able to work modified work schedule (e.g., swing, split or graveyard shift) approximately 20% to 30% a year, when required to support ongoing project work. X
  • Must be able to safely work on elevated platforms.
  • Must be able to occasionally work outside in various weather conditions.
  • Must be able to pass a medical physical and complete task-specific safety training (e.g. Confined Space Entry, Manlift Operations, etc.)
  • - Must be able to travel (potentially for extended periods of up to several weeks, 2 to 6 times a year) to remote (locations more than 100 miles from NASA Ames) test sites, meetings, conferences, etc.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Strong communications and ability to work in a team environment a must.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic and multi-task work environment by prioritizing work and coordinating task/project schedules


SECURITY CLEARANCE: Must be capable of getting Secret Clearance

EEOE including vets and disability

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