The incumbent serves as a Facility Automation Controls Engineer and Project/Work Package Manager in the Projects and Engineering Branch. Incumbent will be engaged in research, development, design, fabrication, test, and evaluation of equipment, systems, or techniques for detecting, referencing, computing, recording,
and measuring physical conditions and environment, as well as communication, control, test, calibration, and operations related to space and ground systems.
As a Facility Automation Systems Technical Specialist, develops or directs the development of designs, analysis, acquisition, implementation, integration, testing and checkout of projects or systems with national impact. As a controls engineer, the incumbent provides computer/software engineering expertise in the area of facility automation for the Center. Applies specialized technical knowledge of professional computer engineering and scientific concepts, methods, and procedures to analyze and define the requirements of multi-phase projects. Supports requests for assessment, review, analyses, and design of unique automation and data systems for wind tunnel and other research systems across the Center. Develops or directs the
development of automation system applications involving state-of-the-art tools and computing systems in areas that may be controversial and precedent-setting in nature to meet specific mission requirements. The incumbent develops, designs, analyzes, installs, troubleshoots, commissions, and tests hardware/software
systems used in the real-time control of wind tunnels and research facilities at Langley Research Center. Responsible for the architecture of structured computer programs, algorithms, and control logic utilizing various types of electronic hardware including embedded microprocessors, proportional integral derivative devices, motion controllers, potentiometers, encoders, analog/digital input/output boards, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), fuzzy logic controllers, communication boards, network devices, and control room operational screens and interfaces. The incumbent reviews, advises on, and conducts complex analysis and development studies in support of major organization programs, including analysis of novel, unprecedented, or controversial problems. The incumbent analyzes/applies findings from comprehensive technical reviews of
literature in the development of national program guidance, mission guidance, or directives.
Manages significant elements or phases of projects related to major Center functions, programs, or projects. Serves as a controls engineer in coordinating and integrating the planning, programming, development, oversight, scheduling, and overall management of resources for multi¬phase projects. The incumbent
manages control and automation systems projects funded through the Construction of Facilities (CoF), maintenance, and research programs. The incumbent leads critical decisions associated with technical performance, personnel and funding, contracting, safety, and scheduling. The incumbent directs the activities of electrical, mechanical, controls, and civil engineers, technicians, safety personnel, and contractors who comprise multi-disciplinary teams. The incumbent guides and evaluates contractor efforts and assesses technical progress in relation to the established data and systems implementation schedule and
resources. Reviews plans, specifications, and cost estimates for technical adequacy. Reports progress and/or problems. Where deficiencies are noted, directs necessary changes, resolves controversial problems, assures conformance to plans and systems requirements, and furnishes other assistance as required.
The incumbent oversees the technical aspects of projects by establishing performance objectives, assessing and selecting system design concepts, and resolving technical problems. Develops Statements of Work for project design, construction, testing, and acceptance for task/delivery orders and directs and monitors contractor activities associated with the above assignments on a project or task basis. The incumbent accomplishes varied and complex project management duties in conjunction with coordinating project teams and making decisions to achieve project requirements within schedule and budget limits.