Tribologist/Mechanical Engineer

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Posting title
Tribologist/Mechanical Engineer

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
Estimated duration of 9 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.
Labor Category: Mechanical Engineer II

Job Description:
This is an opportunity to be a Tribologist and Mechanical Engineer in a Materials and Processes service center at JPL. Our primary function is to clean and lubricate hardware, perform anomaly investigation and failure analysis, characterize surface contour and roughness, and characterize friction between sliding and rolling surfaces for flight hardware that will explore the solar system.

Some Challenge’s You’ll Tackle:
• Visual inspection under magnification on a laminar flow clean bench certified to ISO Class 5 as defined in ISO 14644-1
• Disassembly, including of interference-fitted components
• Degaussing
• Oil and grease removal
• Water-free cleaning of non-corrosion-resistant ferrous materials per JPL D51981 Rev P Type 1 Method F
• Water-free cleaning of Dry Film Lubricated (DFL) surfaces per JPL D51981 Rev P Type 1 Method G
• Non-Volatile Residue (NVR) testing per IEST-STD-CC1246E
• Oiling, oil plating, and oil impregnation, and centrifugation of excess oil
• Greasing, and grease plating
• Application of barrier film coatings
• Assembly, including of interference-fitted components
• Dry packaging for long term storage
• Evaluation of life tested components
• Failure analysis
• Digital macro photography
• Characterizing surface shape, form and roughness using state of the art Mitutoyo equipment
• Characterizing lubricant and anti-galling coating friction using a state of the art Rtec Tribometer

Required Skills:
• Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
• Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or Chemistry
• Experience and knowledge in the following areas:
• Mechanical design of spacecraft primary and secondary structures and mechanisms.
• Reading engineering drawings using the ASME Y14.100-2013 standard.
• Geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) using ASME Y14.5-2009.
• Application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in solving mechanical engineering problems.
• Excellent problem-solving abilities
• Aerospace fabrication processes
• Aerospace material selection

Desired Skills:
• Strong mechanical background
• Machine shop experience
• SAE experience
• Chemical cleaners and solvents

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