Jacobs Senior Strain Gage Technician in Edwards AFB, California

Senior Strain Gage Technician


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs over 74,000 people and operates in more than 40 countries around the world.

This working level electronics technician position requires an intermediate level understanding of equipment support and organizational preventive and corrective maintenance on required equipment/systems including, but not limited to: problem identification, repair and/or replacement of defective items, configuration control and system checkout.

Must have circuit board level repair experience and prefer experience with fiber optics. Must be able to travel and perform instrumentation installations and test set ups (25%).

Selected candidate will support the Flight Loads Lab. This effort includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Support structural instrumentation installation, checkout and development for both electrical (strain gage) and optical based systems applicable to both ground and flight test operations.

  • Bond and complete inner bridge wiring of resistive foil strain gauges and attach optical fiber Bragg gratings over large aircraft and test articles.

  • Install and setup additional sensors including but not limited to thermocouples, RTDs, string pots, digital displacement, LVDTs, etc.

  • Perform buildup, maintenance, operation, and monitoring of mechanical test structures, hydraulic systems, cryogenic and gaseous nitrogen systems, fiber optics, steel work, heaters, reflectors, hydraulic pumps, manifolds, servo valves, actuators, and cryogenic plumbing.

  • Detailed circuit board troubleshooting and repair.

  • Document all installations in accordance with NASA procedures, including providing RED Lines to drawings or procedures.

  • Erect structural assemblies by installing and connecting parts, fittings, and sub-assemblies.

  • Perform minor metallic part fabrication tasks.

  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical data, engineering data, and other specifications to determine layouts and sequences of operations.

  • Setup and use basic hand tools, power tools, and equipment.

  • Use NASA provided forklifts, man lifts, and overhead crane.

  • Utilize FLL specific test systems such as data acquisition systems, load or thermal control systems, photogrammetry, thermography, etc.

  • Utilize Windows based computers and associated software including MS Word, MS Excel, and Autocad (or similar drafting package to utilize electronic drawings provided by others and create drawings of non-complex parts). Work with engineers to identify requirements of each installation and develop and implement the methodology.

  • Work with a team of technicians and engineers to support best practices to accomplish specific mission requirements.

  • Directly interact with the customer to analyze and support design, fabrication, operation and maintenance of facilities, test articles, and research aircraft.


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


Education and Experience:

  • Two years of college courses in related discipline and 10 years of related experience. Additional education may be substituted for a portion of the experience.

  • Ability to communicate and understand instructions from electrical systems engineers, read and understand schematics.

  • Ability to work with small sensors, wires, electronic components, and optical fiber; work under the microscope while fabricating electro-optical components and circuits.

  • Ability to solder surface mount flat-pack components.

  • Must have fiber optics experience.

  • Must have prior circuit board troubleshooting and repair experience.

  • Be multi-task oriented and capable of prioritizing along with the ability to manage schedules.

  • Integration expertise.

  • Hardware/software experience.

  • Wiring and cable harnesses assembly.

  • Ability to install, maintain, repair, overhaul, troubleshoot, modify, construct and test various types of equipment and\ components following detailed instructions.

  • Ability to work on electrical wiring and equipment up to 480VAC.

  • Knowledge of various mounting techniques for strain gauges and thermocouple, including understanding of different surface and performance requirements.

  • Understanding of hydraulic systems utilized for loading and actuating

  • Ability to learn and ultimately utilize FLL specific test systems such as data acquisition systems, load or thermal control systems, photogrammetry, thermography, etc.

  • Ability to apply intermediate level technical and mechanical knowledge and skills to solve unusually complex problems and fix equipment to original required operational condition to support research/test prototype articles, facilities and aircraft.

  • Ability to identify and document the functional and physical characteristics of configuration items, control configuration changes, record and report configuration status.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment with other technicians and engineers.

  • Ability to clearly and effectively verbally communicate with test team members during test operations utilizing headset based communication systems.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.

Essential Functions

Physical Requirements

  • Working at a computer or desk (considerations: sitting, eye strain, hand strain)

  • May involve long periods of sitting or standing.

Work Environment

  • Will work in a hangar and lab environment.

  • Can contain confined and restricted work areas.

  • Typically indoor conditions but heat may be a factor.

  • Noise levels can be high during testing periods.

  • Needs to have clear, concise and accurate communication skills

  • Need to work well with, co-operate, and support clients, supervisors, and co-workers

Equipment and Machines

  • Standard office equipment and machines, computer workstation.

  • Working at a computer or desk


  • Normal hours are Monday – Friday, between the core hours of 7:00am – 6:00pm.

  • Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary to meet deadlines

  • Regular attendance is necessary and required

  • This position may work weekends or second shift. Flexibility is required based upon workload.

Other Essential Functions

  • Must be able to communicate effectively

  • Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times when dealing with clients, supervisors and co-workers

  • Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk to the employee or others

  • Must be able to support and work in a proactive team environment

  • Must hold the safety of yourself and those around you as the number one priority in the workplace

The Jacobs System Lifecycle Group (SLG) enables the success of Department of Defense (DOD) and other Governmental organizations by providing unmatched systems life-cycle solutions. As a partner to our clients, we focus on innovative and cutting edge solutions that drive value. We take pride in sustaining a strong culture by remaining true to our Core Values: Profitable Growth is an Imperative, People are the heart of our business, Clients are our valued partners, and Performance excellence is our commitment. Jacobs offers a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally with the advantages of strong leadership, competitive compensation and rewarding career paths. Come join the team whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmation Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disbility, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-California-Edwards AFB

Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: SAL000236