Penn State University

Engineering Support Specialist

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Posted On: Monday, 16th November 2020
Location: University Park Campus

Job Description:


The Materials Science Division at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking an Engineering Support Specialist to join the Drivetrain Technology Center (DTC).  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Oversee all day to day aspects of testing in the DTC/Gear Research Institute test facility and
  • Report test progress to the principal investigators and other engineering personnel and
  • Collaborate with principal investigators daily regarding test progress
  • Perform routine inspections of test articles and document results
  • Design and implement program specific test stand hardware changes
  • Generate designs and manufacturing drawings for new test specimens and machine parts
  • Field technical questions from vendors as they produce components to ensure parts are made correctly
  • Assist with design and construction of new test equipment
  • Troubleshoot malfunctioning test equipment both mechanical and electrical
  • Install and use instrumentation such as strain gages, thermocouples, accelerometers, etc.
  • Responsible for day to day procurement of lab supplies
  • Supervise wage payroll students

Higher level responsibilities include:

  • Plan, supervise and perform design and construction of new test equipment
  • Assign tasking for lower level support staff
  • Provide input for preventive maintenance and test planning schedules
  • May evaluate, implement and test new gear performance evaluation procedures

This position will be filled as a level 3 or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience Typically requires an Associate’s Degree or higher in a technical program and two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.  

Preferred Skills:

Required skills and experience include: 

  • Proficiency in 3D modeling software (Solidworks, Inventor, or similar CAD package)
  • Working knowledge of GD&T (geometric product specifications)
  • Working knowledge of metalworking/machining techniques
  • Experience with the assembly of mechanical and hydraulic systems, test and maintenance of mechanical systems, and development of repair procedures
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • The ability to work independently as well as in teams

Preferred skills and experience include:

  • Assembly and operation of mechanical systems, electrical systems, and hydraulic systems
  • Knowledge of gear theory, gear terminology, gear manufacturing techniques, gear failure mechanisms, etc., is highly desired.

Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. 

The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce. 

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