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Tim Williams

Thermal Systems Control Technical Associate

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Thermal Systems Control Tech Assoc Tucson AZ Description The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The National Solar Observatory (NSO) Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) Project has an immediate opening for a Thermal Systems Control Technical Associate to provide support in the design and development of the ATST Project and the associated thermal systems. Initial development work will be done in Tucson, Arizona, while future installation, integration and testing will require relocation to Maui, Hawaii. NSO offers an excellent compensation/benefit package. The ideal candidate will work closely with the thermal systems engineer in implementing the automation and control of the facility thermal systems through process control element, PLC/PAC, HMI, and power & energy management system programming, debugging, assembly, installation, calibration, and integration. Additional tasks will be assigned in support of other systems as the ATST Project develops. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: •Performs technical support activities, at an experienced level, including PLC/PAC/DCS programming and process controls installation, some project planning, and control and data analysis, as required. •Assists in solving design problems as required, achieving assigned project objectives. •Solves coordination problems of a technical nature directly or in conjunction with other members of a project team. •Assists other technical support personnel as necessary. •Recommends, and assists in development of, changes to existing designs and manufacturing procedures if appropriate. •Responsible for compliance with technical requirements and approved time schedules of assigned work. •Cooperates and coordinates closely with representatives of the major instrumentation and scientific divisions, and others involved with the assigned technical problem. •Monitors and reports results of activities and notes unusual situations. •Makes recommendations as to parts, materials, tools, and techniques to be used on a project. •Builds, assembles, modifies, repairs, troubleshoots and maintains equipment for a project. •Responsible for compliance with applicable safety standards and for safety of operations in areas under purview and reporting unsafe conditions and practices. •Prepares technical documentation for use by technicians, operators, engineers, and scientific staff. Requirements Minimum qualifications: Associate degree or military schools in engineering technology or related technical field and at least five years of technical experience. A bachelor’s degree in engineering may be acceptable in lieu of the experience requirement. Qualifications: •Minimum five years of broadly diversified experience in technology or engineering support. Associate degree, military schools, or college level courses in engineering or science, required. A bachelor’s degree in engineering may be acceptable in lieu of experience requirement. •Ability to resolve technical problems by application of engineering and physics principles relevant to project requirements in process control, mechanical technology, electronics, design drafting, optics, computer applications, and/or instrumentation. •Ability to speak and write effectively, including preparation and presentation of reports. Required skills: •Recent experience in process control system programming using function block programming including PID loop controls, cascade controls, multi-controller to final control element applications, feed forward, function generator configurations. •Working with screen development, graphics standards and management, dynamic graphic element configuration for process controls (faceplates for PID’s, motor controls, valve controls, dynamic equipment status graphics, alarm management and trending in HMI applications), and data historian configuration. •Process sensor and instrumentation installation, calibration, and troubleshooting skills are essential. •Applicant must be able to read and create electrical, mechanical, P&ID drawings and specifications. •This position requires the ability to work at an elevation of 10,000 feet; ability to thrive in a culturally diverse team environment; willingness to actively participate in team safety meetings and adhere to (and advocate for) safety procedures and protocols; and sensitivity to and respect of cultural and environmental issues. Desired skills: •Extensive experience with Rockwell Automation ControlLogix® is highly desired. •Experience in control system integration, commissioning and startup (including PAC, HMI, instrumentation, networking, communication, power distribution); detailed understanding of interface protocols to connected systems such as EtherNet/IP and BACnet. •Hands-on experience in a trade or as a technician is highly desirable. AURA is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. AURA actively supports efforts to broaden participation in all Observatory activities. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. On-line Job Posting and Application
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