Installing, maintaining, and operating computerized systems for testing, launching, tracking, and collecting data on vehicles designed for flight in air and space. May include data collection equipment, communication equipment, power and communication systems. Hands on work, usually under the direction of engineers, often in a scientific machinery lab.
Engineering, Architecture, Science and Mathematics
Read and interpret technical drawings and writings in order to construct, maintain, inspect, modify, and repair test setups, instruments, and equipment.Calibrate measurement devices and operate computerized systems to perform tests according to specifications and collect, record, and report data.Analyze data in collaboration with engineers to evaluate flight performance of aircraft designs in simulations and determine design limitations and requirements.
Skills and Knowledge (Strengths and Talents)
Engineering – understand principles of design and testing and their hands on applicationTechnology – Use computers and testing software to monitor equipment and to collect and analyze dataMechanical ability – able to use, maintain, and repair machineryTeamwork – Work collaboratively with the director and other actors; be able to give and receive suggestionsAttention to process – remain attentive during testing to ensure that equipment is functioning properly and safely, watching for warnings or measurements outside of desired parametersProblem solving – identify, organize, and prioritize relevant information to determine the most beneficial approach to resolve an issueListening – actively attend to what others are communicating, evaluating your own understanding and asking questions as needed while not interrupting at inappropriate times Speaking – clearly and effectively communicate information through an oral presentation or conversation Critical thinking – use logic, reasoning, and problem solving skills to evaluate the effectiveness of solutions, determine the validity of conclusions, and identify the pros and cons of different approaches Availability – be available whenever issues arise
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