Jacobs Controls Engineer in Hampton, Virginia

Controls Engineer


Jacobs has partnered with NASA to support space flight programs for more than 40 years. While the majority of work is directly in support of LaRC, other industry partners and Government agencies may be supported at remote sites as directed by the Contracting Officer (CO). The Center Maintenance, Operations, and Engineering (CMOE) contract comprises of three major categories of work – operations, maintenance, and engineering (OME). A brief description of each category is: Maintenance – Research and institutional facility maintenance includes, but not limited to, preventive maintenance, trouble calls, repairs, Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Facility Condition Assessment (FCA), and maintenance/operation of central utilities (e.g., electrical power distribution, potable water, storm water drainage)

  • Operations – Facilities Operations support includes, but not limited to, wind tunnels, laboratories, and test stands testing, instrumentation calibration/repair; plant and utilities (e.g., high pressure air, Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) and Steam Plant); technology development and administration, including, but not limited to, Facility Automation Systems (FAS) and Data Acquisition Systems (DAS)

  • Engineering – Facility engineering includes, but not limited to, engineering studies, design, construction, construction management, configuration management, tactical engineering, pressure system recertification, project management/planning support.

The selected candidate will work as part of a team to provide engineering solutions in support of Condition Based Maintenance and Plant Automation Systems at NASA Langley Research Center. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Implement instrumentation and controls-related projects

  • Document controls systems and components to include user manuals, programming diagrams, network diagrams, and electrical drawings.

  • Select and specify sensors (vibrations, temperature, pressure, flow etc.) for monitoring the performance and health of critical assets

  • Integration of Operational Technology (sensors and control hardware) and IT (software platforms)

Hands on work will include:

  • PLC programming and checkout

  • Programming standard HMI platforms to function as the interface with the PLC/Control system in useinstrumentation and control system testing, maintenance and modification

  • Troubleshooting and repair of instrumentation and control systems

  • Checkout and commissioning of new instrumentation and control systems

  • Work with a variety of control and monitoring systems

  • Building Automation Systems (BAS) such as Tracer Ensemble

  • Distributed Control Systems such as Delta V

  • SCADA systems

The candidate must be able to multi-task, while working in a dynamic environment in which priorities change frequently. The successful candidate will be self-motivated in their work-habits, show initiative in tackling new work, and exercise and communicate sound technical judgement.


U.S. Citizenship is required. BS degree from an accredited ABET engineering school and five (5) to eight (8) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited ABET engineering school and four (4) to six (6) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering ABET school and zero (0) to three (3) years of related experience.. Academic study in mechanical systems, controls theory, manufacturing desired. Electrical engineering preferred.

Experience with process controllers required;

experience with DeltaV distributed controls desired.

Experience with general programming techniques required. Experience in an industrial, laboratory or manufacturing facility desired. Experience in system design, equipment installation and system startup desired.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Office environment. (50-65%)

An office or Control Room environment is the typical work area.Test/Industrial Environment – May be exposed to areas of high noise levels, hazardous propellants, explosives, chemicals and industrial facilities. Travel between facilities and test sites is required. Travel between various facilities/test operations is required and may bring exposure to loud noise and potentially hazardous equipment operation.

Physical Requirements:

Must have sufficient mobility to enter all areas of wind tunnel and test facilities. The ability to enter into confined spaces, crawl into or onto various assemblies while maintaining a clear vision of safety is required. Potential exposure to high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, propellants and the like. Appropriate PPE and training will be provided for all conditions. Must be able to walk, stand, bend, twist and sit for extended periods as well as climb, crawl, and lift up to 35 lbs.

Equipment and Machines:

Standard office equipment - PC, telephone, fax, copier, etc.

Hardware platforms – Microsoft PC and OS. Microsoft PC, Linux, National Instruments, Allen-Bradley PLCs [PLC-5, SLC, ControlLogix], Allen-Bradley PanelViews

Software: MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), PLC Ladder Logic, LabVIEW, C/C , MS Office [Word, Excel, Outlook, Viso], AutoCAD or equivalent, Matlab/Simulink, OSI PI

Field Devices: programmable controllers, pneumatic valves, programmable valves

Communications Protocol: TCP/IP, RS-232, IEEE-488

Safety and personal protective equipment


Regular attendance mandatory (100%)

Overtime/work outside normal schedule required (<10%)

Travel required (<5%)

Other Essential Functions:

U.S. Citizenship required. Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety/risk hazard to the employee or others. Must be able to balance scope, schedule and budget to insure project success. The work environment requires the ability to cooperate and work with individuals at all levels of the company and the client. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance as required. A valid driver’s license is required.

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

Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Virginia-Hampton

Travel No

Req ID: AS0002Z0