Technology Development Engineer (ADV00044M) – ERC

at Engineering Research
Location Houston, Texas
Date Posted July 30, 2022
Category Engineering
Job Type Not Specified


For more than 30 years, ERC has been delivering the advantage needed to solve our customers and the nation s toughest challenges. A trusted partner to the Defense and Space communities. We provide the advanced engineering, innovative technology, and subject-matter expertise to deliver the mission results our customers need to keep the nation safe and secure. Our unique solutions enhance readiness, optimize performance, and help ensure success in the air, on the ground and in space.

An essential part of our success is our corporate culture built on respect, empowerment, and collaboration. Our culture elevates our people, ensuring they provide best-in-class service and solutions to our customers. We always strive to do the right thing. We believe that are our people are our best asset and human connection our greatest strength.

Our 2,000 employees work on the most critical missions in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force (USAF), NASA, and Missile Defense Agency (MDA). We provide support for Test and Evaluation (T&E), Modeling & Simulation, Agile Software Development, Systems Engineering, and more. Our teams current projects range from engineering and logistics support for vital space hardware to platform and weapons modeling, simulation, and engineering.

Check us out on ERC.US

Your role:

The Technology Development Engineer will join our team with ERC, a JETS teammate company.

What you ll do all day:

  • Participate in NASA's ongoing preparations for sample return from solar system bodies such as asteroids, the Moon, other planets' moons, comets, Mars, etc.
  • Help define, implement, and design laboratory tools and instrumentation for curation of astromaterials.
  • Develop sample handling tools and containment gloveboxes using CAD software
  • Assist and communicate laboratory design requirements for new and refurbished sample return labs
  • Design and fabricate tools to support imaging systems, such as gantries for cameras, microscopes, and lighting
  • Design and fabricate systems for inert gas systems, including ultrapure nitrogen for purging gloveboxes
  • Coordinate maintenance and upkeep of current and new facilities/laboratories and equipment
  • Take part in domestic and international meetings (remotely and in-person)
  • Prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for new lab processes/instruments
  • Sustain a safety-first laboratory culture
  • Perform design engineering duties such as, creating concepts, prototyping, assembly, acceptance testing, and reengineering
  • Perform other duties as required

You will love this job if you:

  • Are a self-starter and require little oversight to complete given tasks
  • Enjoy a fast-paced work environment
  • Love working with diverse groups of individuals, including engineers and technicians
  • Are good at communicating with people
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Enjoy multitasking

Minimum requirements for this position:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school
  • Experience in engineering design and the processes used to generate concepts, develop prototypes, and perform acceptance testing
  • Experience using 3D CAD, such as Creo, Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor or other solid model/manufacturing software highly preferred
  • Must be capable of and willing to work as part of a team with mixed skillsets, including scientists, engineers, technicians, etc.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Willing to learn new laboratory techniques, develop new/unique technologies, and generally able to work 'outside the box'

Desired skills and experience for this position:

  • BS or MS degree in mechanical, aerospace, environmental, petroleum/geotechnical engineering, or associated engineering discipline.
  • Proficiency with the design of vacuum, glovebox, and/or cryogenic systems
  • Familiarity with product design and manufacturing processes
  • Self-starter that can take a design from concept to final product

What we offer:

  • Competitive salaries.
  • Continuing education assistance.
  • Professional development allotment.
  • Multiple healthcare benefit packages.
  • 401K with employer matching.
  • Paid time off (PTO) along with federally recognized holiday schedule.


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