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Safety Engineering Specialist - ERC at Engineering Research

Safety Engineering Specialist - ERC

Engineering Research Huntsville, AL Full Time
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ERC is a servant-leader oriented company with approximately 2,000 employees and multiple contracts across the US.  We believe that our culture has a direct influence on the job satisfaction of our employees and is reflected in the outstanding quality of service received by our customers.  

The ERC Safety Engineering Specialist will support the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC), Technology Development Directorate (TDD), Safety Office located on Redstone Arsenal, AL neighboring Huntsville, AL.  The Safety Engineering Specialist will provide Safety and Occupational Health support to the seven Propulsion and Structures Divisions via an array of propulsion and missile-related efforts, to include activities such as solid, liquid, and gel (hypergol) missile propellant development and manufacturing, test design and execution, reverse engineering, static rocket motor testing, electric propulsion, Russell Tower Measurement Facility, Open Burn/Open Detonation Facility, Intentional Detonation Explosive Test Facility, Missile Sustainment, Missile Demilitarization, Propulsion Engineering, Propellant Manufacturing, Warheads Testing, and Air-Breathing Propulsion Static Test Facilities, among other AvMC initiatives. 

Your role:

  • Provide technical advice and assistance to the Division and Branch Chiefs, test engineers, and contractor personnel on safety requirements, criteria, policies, directives, standards, methods and techniques; review proposed Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs), Test Plans, Safe Work Instructions, and Deviation Memorandums in order to identify and eliminate safety hazards; determine and evaluate need for deviation from national, state, and local safety regulations, standards and codes; identify needs for and formulate waivers as required; and interpret policies, requirements, standards, etc., providing authoritative decisions.
  • Work with the AvMC Safety Office to develop safety criteria, guidelines, standards, and policies for the Propulsion and Structures Divisions with respect to the development and/or revision of their programs, procedures, processes, methods, and operations; and review and analyze existing operating methods and procedures to eliminate and minimize hazards.
  • Plan and conduct surveys and inspections of areas, buildings, operations, machinery, equipment, mechanical processes, and personnel to ensure conformance with safety rules, standards, and regulations; identify hazards and undesirable operational conditions, recommend corrective actions, and increase safety effectiveness.
  • Provide assistance in the investigation of material damage and personnel injury accidents in assigned functions; gathers and analyzes data, interview employees and operating officials, determine probable causes, and prepare comprehensive reports with recommended corrective actions; review statistical reports and analysis of accidents to identify trends and problem areas.
  • Serve as an expert on explosive safety and related Safety & Occupational Health requirements/issues/compliance for the Propulsion and Structures areas. 
  • Work with the AvMC Safety Office in development, coordination, and approval of required explosive documents, including an Explosive Safety Management Plan and other related safety management documents as required. 
  • Serve as an expert for explosives siting; provide support in developing Explosive Safety Site Plans (ESSP) and Deviation Approval and Risk Acceptance Document (DARAD) data packages. 
  • Assist in developing and maintaining an AvMC explosive safety inspection, compliance, and mitigation program, prepare risk management and job hazard analysis technical reports based on inspection findings, and recommend and review corrective actions to ensure hazard abatement is accomplished. 
  • Investigate and analyze explosive safety mishaps as designated/required to ascertain root cause and contributing elements and submit data to management as required; recommend corrective actions.
  • Work with Division Chiefs and CDSO to ensure that HAZLOG events are tracked and closed properly.
  • Ensure the Associate Director is informed on safety status of propulsion and structures.
  • Regularly provide updates on safety health and areas for improvement.
  • Serve on Failure Review Boards (FRBs) related to issues in Propulsion and Structures area.
  • Provide safety procedure and implementation continuity across divisions.
  • Provide real-time, on-site support of live test events as the safety expert.
  • Ensure safety SOPs exist and are implemented for hazardous operations across propulsion and structures and assist with writing/updating SOPs as needed.

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, research scientists, and technicians.
  • Are good at communicating with people.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Enjoy multitasking.

Minimum requirements for this position:

  • Bachelors of Science (BS) Degree in a relevant discipline (i.e. Engineering, Safety Occupational and Health, etc.) AND 4+ years of relevant experience, OR 6+ years of relevant experience AND a Associates of Science (AS) Degree in a relevant discipline, OR 8+ years of relevant experience.
  • Must be able to author, interpret, and revise broad as well as specific plans and instructions.
  • With proper training, oversight, and safety measures, must be able to work with and around hazardous propellant/explosive/energetic materials.
  • Must possess, or be capable of obtaining and maintaining, a SECRECT Security Clearance.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be able to work in a rugged environment and lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
  • Excellent interpersonal & organizational skills.
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to participate as a team member.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Although not currently anticipated, travel may be required up to 10% of the time.

Desired skills and experience for this position:

  • 2+ years of relevant work experience specialized in an Ammunition & Munitions Research & Development and/or a Testing & Evaluation environment.
  • CP-12 certified.
  • Explosives Safety Level I or II certified.
  • Bachelors of Science (BS) Degree in a relevant discipline such as a field of Engineering or Safety and Occupational Health.
  • Graduate Degree in Safety and Occupational Health.

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.

Recommended Skills

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  • Aviation
  • Communication
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  • Machinery
  • Manufacturing
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