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Chemical Technician - ERC

Engineering Research Huntsville Full-Time
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The ERC Chemical Technician will support the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC) Weapons Development and Integration Directorate (WDI) located on Redstone Arsenal, AL neighboring Huntsville, AL.


PRIMARY JOB DESCRIPTION: 


The Chemical Technician will mix hazardous and explosive chemical ingredients, while utilizing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided and following safety-oriented Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), for the research, development, test, and evaluation of U.S. Army missile propellants.  The Technician will prepare hazardous chemical materials to include weighing, drying, grinding, mixing, casting, and de-tooling/finishing solid rocket motors and transferring and mixing hypergolic liquid and gel propellants.  The Technician may assist with data evaluation, interpretation, and documentation of different types of high performance missile propulsion systems including solid, liquid, and air breathing propulsion systems. 


ADDITIONAL DUTIES:


On the job, the Technician may cross-train to learn and utilize high pressure plumbing skills such as installing and replacing valves, piping, and tubing as needed; maintaining MS Excel spreadsheets for parts and inventory ordering; handling and disposing of hazardous materials in support of operations; troubleshooting both electrical and mechanical problems; stocking spare parts, new parts, and maintenance supplies in support of existing and new projects.  The Technician may operate graphical user interfaces of software used for collection and analysis of propulsion system performance predictions and test data.  The Technician may also place and utilize pressure transducers and thermocouplers, read electrical schematics, troubleshoot electronic circuits, and solder, if required.  The candidate may attend fork lift training to become properly certified and may then use forklifts to move heavy objects.  Depending on the candidate’s skillsets, the technician may be required to Weld (Mig) and/or fabricate test stands from drawings (wooden and metal) and/or use Solidworks and/or LabView in the performance of their duties. 


QUALIFICATIONS:


Associates Degree or equivalent years' experience required.  Prefer Zero to Five+ (0-5+) years' experience and Associates Degree in a related field of study.  Must be willing to work with, around, and handle explosives and hazardous chemicals while using Personal Protective Equipment provided, and previous education or experience in hazardous chemical operations is highly desired.  Must be capable of obtaining proper medical approvals for wearing supplied air and self-contained respiratory protection systems.  Strong attention to detail is required, and experience following SOPs and/or other safety-related work instructions is desired.  Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.  Must be able to obtain a Commercial Drivers’ License and Forklift Certification, if necessary, and other licenses and certifications, as required.  Must be capable of lifting heavy objects.  Must have a basic understanding of computers, and fluency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.) is preferred.    Must possess mechanical technician skills and must understand or be willing to cross-train to learn and perform other technician skillsets and duties, as assigned.  Must be a self-starter.  Travel may be required up to 25 percent of the time.


 

Skills required

Wet Chemistry
High Performance Liquid Chromatography
Certified Global Meeting Planner
Viscometer
Analytical Chemistry
Laboratory Information Management Systems
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2006 – ERC is competitively awarded the nine-year Research in Propulsion Sciences 2 contract to support the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Propulsion Directorate at Edwards Air Force Base, California. This is the follow-on contract to ERC’s Research in Propulsion Sciences contract awarded in 1998. ERC’s support on RPS-2 includes scientific and engineering research as well as development and testing related to rocket propulsion.
ERC is competitively selected by Jacobs Sverdrup (JS) to support Johnson Space Center’s White Sands Test Facility’s Test and Evaluation Contract.

2005 – ERC receives the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Region 4 Sub-Prime Contractor of the Year Award.

ERC is competitively selected by Jacobs Sverdrup (JS) to support Johnson Space Center’s Engineering and Science Contract. Support involves engineering and technical support including a broad range of activities in the Engineering Directorate and the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Office.

ERC is competitively awarded the Technical Support for Propulsion and Structures Directorate contract. This contract is a follow-on to two previously ERC held contracts.

ERC is competitively selected by JS to continue our support to Marshall Space Flight Center’s Engineering, Science, and Technology Services Contract.

ERC receives the SBA’s Administrator’s Award for Excellence.

2004 – ERC receives NASA’s George M. Low Award.

ERC is competitively selected by Jacobs Sverdrup (JS) to support Stennis Space Center’s (SSC) Test Operations Contract. Support includes development, construction, and operation of test systems of various test programs at SSC as well as Marshall Space Flight Center.

ERC’s President/CEO, Dr. Ernest H. Wu, receives the Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Engineering Category) from Asian Enterprise Magazine.

ERC’s President/CEO, Dr. Ernest H. Wu, receives special recognition for his commitment to Oakwood College and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

2003 – ERC is awarded Marshall Space Flight Center’s Contractor Excellence Award in the small business – service category.

ERC is competitively selected by Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) to support Marshall Space Flight Center’s calibration laboratory. Support involves all electrical and mechanical system calibration.

ERC is competitively awarded the follow-on contract to the 1998 award from the U.S. Army Redstone Technical Test Center (RTTC). The support includes missile component testing in laboratories and electromagnetic effects testing of missile and aircraft systems.

ERC receives SBA’s Administrator’s Award for Excellence.

ERC achieves annual revenue milestone of $50M in sales with 70% of sales from contracts with ERC as the prime contractor.


2002 – ERC is awarded a five-year contract with the U.S. Army Redstone Technical Test Center supporting the Firing Test Division. This contract consists of test, evaluation, and analysis support for aircraft mounted systems, missiles and warheads, and development of data acquisition and telemetry systems.

ERC competitively wins the follow-on contract to the 1998 award to support the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Commands Propulsion and Structures Directorate. Propulsion systems supported include solids, liquids, and gels.


2001 – ERC is competitively chosen by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to support the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with network engineering, network administration and system administration.

ERC was a part of the Jacobs Sverdrup team that received NASA’s “Software of the Year” award for work performed at Marshall Space Flight Center.

ERC is re-awarded a sole-source support contract to Marshall Space Flight Center to support the Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Project Office.


2000 – ERC acquired heavy construction assets. The new commercial division, Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC), specializes in engineering design and construction services.

Designated by U. S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research as Year 2000 "Star Team"

ERC begins work in system administration in Pasadena at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and in Denver at Lockheed Martin Astronautics under the Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC) contract awarded to Lockheed Martin by NASA.

ERC is competitively selected by Sverdrup Technology’s MSFC Group to support Marshall Space Flight Center in Advanced Space Transportation.

ERC is nominated for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

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