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.
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.
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.
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