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Engineer, Mechanical #A23476
The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) Observatory is seeking a motivated and talented engineer to join our team. This engineering position requires experience in an operational facility, ideally but not necessarily at a telescope. The position will be based at the LBTO headquarters in Tucson with frequent trips to Mt Graham (about three hours drive from Tucson).
The LBT is the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world, with a number of unique, leading edge capabilities. In particular, the LBT’s unique binocular design and state-of-the-art adaptive optics technology provides diffraction-limited imaging capability with resolution of a 22.8 meter telescope.
This is a multi-disciplined engineering position with emphasis on Mechanical Engineering. The candidate will be responsible for improving, maintaining, documenting and troubleshooting observatory systems, such as: telescope mount and support structure, telescope enclosure, instrumentation, HVAC, utilities (compressed air, cooling and heating), and drive systems involving electric motors.
The position requires excellent communications and teamwork skills. The ability to communicate technically complicated concepts, designs, and coordinate with mountain staff is critical. Familiarity with, and the ability to use engineering software and tools is desirable. The position may require periodic stays at the observatory ranging two to four days in duration.
This position will report to the Engineering Manager, who is responsible for all Tucson-based engineering support, and is expected to work closely on-site with the Chief Engineer and Observatory Manager, based at Mt Graham.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
• Diagnosing and troubleshooting observatory systems;
• Maintain and update documentation including drawings, 3D models and hydronics diagram;
• Improve and optimize the operations of subsystem within the observatory;
• Develop and modify documentation and procedures;
• Develop and perform field tests of observatory subsystems;
• Specify requirements;
• Verify requirements;
• Participate in design team efforts for observatory subsystems;
• Design modification to existing mechanical and hydronics systems for installation of new equipment and modifications to existing equipment
• Promotes a proactive safety culture. Identify safety issues, lead safety discussions, be responsive to safety concerns, and coordinates safety issues with the Safety Manager.
• Maintain good working relationships with members of other organizations at the observatory site.
• Assist the Observatory Manager in operational tasks and planning when needed. Backup of the technical staff including some overnight stays at the facility.
• Report all potential problems and/or deviation from normal mountain procedures.
• Prepare or assist in preparation of proposals for construction.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Demonstrable knowledge of mechanical engineering
• Experience with mechanical engineering practices (structural analysis, design of machine elements, mass balance and heat transfer, fluid dynamics, etc.);
• Experience with standard mechanical engineering systems (drives, machine frames and structures, hydronics, heating and cooling, etc.);
• Experience using CAD software, preferably AutoDesk suite;
• Experience with modelling and simulation software (FEA, CFD, vibration analysis)
• Good organizational skills;
• Ability to learn about and understand the operations and functions of observatory subsystems;
• Knowledge of computers and standard software such as Microsoft Office products;
• Demonstrated hands on experience (design, operations, troubleshooting, and maintenance)
• Ability to work independently and in small teams on technical tasks;
• BS in Mechanical Engineering or related field;
• Ability to work at altitudes above 10,000 feet;
• Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
• Working with a number of items weighing up to 50 lbs. Must have the ability to lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
• Mechanical, process and industrial engineering experience;
• Project management and systems engineering experience;
• Experience with high precision mechanical system;
• Experience with astronomical telescopes or complex optical systems
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