Analytical Services & Materials, Inc.

(Job ID# ASM19PIE122)

Company: Analytical Services & Materials, Inc. Hampton, VA 23666


Analytical Services and Materials, Inc. (AS&M) is looking for full-time Principal Instrumentation Engineer for its contract at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC), Edwards, CA. This is a working engineering leadership level position which will perform the full spectrum of Engineering duties and requires an advanced understanding of Engineering principles. Applies knowledge of engineering technology and systems engineering concepts to the specific technical tasks at AFRC.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Generate requirements and perform requirements decomposition to fully design, test and support flight instrumentation systems on current and future research projects.
  • Develop aircraft Instrumentation systems for NASA research vehicles
  • Knowledge in the following instrumentation sensor applications:
    • strain gages
    • accelerometers
    • pressure transducers
    • thermocouples
    • RTDs
    • pitot-static systems
  • Familiarity with data acquisition systems (i.e. Teletronics)
  • Read and understand electrical schematics
  • Familiar with AutoCAD or equivalent for creating, modifying or updating electrical drawings
  • Support the use of the TTC data processing systems in the checkout of instrumentation and ground test efforts.
  • Coordinate with the mission control room personnel in the development and design of the displays, development of the data cycle maps, calibration files and run files.
  • Create reports and other documentation necessary to describe the results of studies and/or tests.
  • Ability to lead system or subsystem teams in all aspects of design and implementation to include design reviews, safety analysis, and all documentation development and approval
  • Lead peer review of other projects to meet NASA requirements and safe operations
  • Analyze project objectives and requirements, develop plans for conducting projects, provide support for the project safety review process, including participation in the development of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, documentation of hazards, and the specification and implementation of mitigations to those hazards.
  • Review project instructions to ascertain requirements, specifications, procedures, objectives, equipment, nature of technical problem, and possible solutions.
  • Set up and conduct tests or studies of complete systems, components, or concepts under research test conditions to investigate proposals for improving performance or other factors; or to obtain data for development, standardization, and quality control with some supervisory direction and review.
  • Record test or report procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and make recommendations for changes.
  • Create reports and other documentation necessary to describe the results of studies and/or tests.
  • Analyze indicated and calculated results in relation to requirements, specifications, or test objectives.
  • Mentors engineers in specific technical areas and/or the system engineering process and project management principles.
  • Perform work in accordance with NASA ISO AS9100 procedures and applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Follow the safe practices and rules contained in the Safety and Health plan and other such rules and practices communicated on the job.
  • Report status to Senior Technical Lead and/or Task Focal Point in standardized format on or before due date.

This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities.

General Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be able to secure and maintain a security clearance.
  • Must pass drug testing.
  • Must be able to read and write effectively in English.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work as a part of a larger team is required.
  • Must embrace safety principles to include; adhering to safe work practices and standards while performing daily tasks, taking responsibility for own and coworkers’ safekeeping and encouraging others to work safely.
  • Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner to get along with customers, clients, co-workers and management.
  • Must perform work activities requiring interaction, negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading or speaking with others.
  • Must be able to work under supervision and respond appropriately and professionally to criticism from a supervisor.
  • With the exception of STD/LTD/FMLA & approved time off, attendance is considered essential.
  • Must be able to work within core hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Flexibility may be required based on workload.
  • Physical requirements – must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Travel requirements – some travel is anticipated both locally and long distance by car or plane.

The place of performance is NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA.

Knowledge, skills & abilities required:

  • Application of Engineering principles and Systems Engineering processes.
  • Must be able to work and lead efforts in a dynamic and multi-task work environment by prioritizing work and coordinating task/project schedules.
  • Must be able to manage and decompose requirements in specific technical areas.
  • Strong communications and ability to work in a team environment a must.
  • Experience in one or more of the following technology areas are highly desirable: Avionics hardware systems, commercial and military data busses, software design, development and management, real-time systems, or system test and validation.
  • Employee exercises a high degree of originality and sound judgment in formulating, evaluating, and correlating broad engineering research concepts, guiding the analysis of unique problems.
  • Employee may apply standard methodologies but is responsible for innovative thinking, problem solving, and independent judgment in resolving complex issues.


(Required or Preferred)
Required Experience
15 Years Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Physical Science (required)
13 Years Masters Degree in Engineering or Physical Science (required)
10 Years PhD Degree in Engineering or Physical Science (required)

How to Apply?

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AS&M is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.