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Research Engineer I

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Department: Keweenaw Research Center
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Keweenaw Research Center (Near Houghton County Airport)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Research

Department: Keweenaw Research Center (KRC)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

This position will provide support to new and existing sponsored research involving the test and evaluation of ground vehicles and related subsystems. A successful candidate will routinely prepare, conduct, and oversee laboratory and field testing activities for military and commercial sponsors. This position requires an entry- level degree in engineering and a basic background in instrumentation, data acquisition and dynamic measurement techniques.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

  • Plan, prepare, conduct and/or oversee laboratory and field testing and experiments
  • Perform selection, calibration, and installation of sensors in support of testing efforts
  • Reduce and analyze collected data
  • Writing and review of test and execution plans, test reports
  • Write arid deliver briefings to sponsors and other engineers within the department
  • Contribute to proposal writing under the direction of senior KRC staff
  • Functional supervision of student interns on a project-by-project basis
  • Travel to various locations and arrange/conduct off-site field tests
  • Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work
  • Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical or computer engineering, OR
  • ¬≠Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering technology

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

  • Knowledge of planning, conducting, and participating in field OR laboratory testing and evaluation
  • Experience and understanding of basic signals and data acquisition concepts (sampling, quantization, filtering, analog-to-digital conversion)
  • Experience with, the specification, calibration and, installation of sensors and instrumentation common to ground vehicle testing
  • Capable of effectively communicating across cultural boundaries and working harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, and customers

Desirable Education and/or Experience

  • Experience with CAN bus or vehicle networks
  • Experience collecting, reducing, or analyzing data using Siemens Sim Center TestLab and/or Neo
  • Basic mechanical fabrication, electrical, or electronics skills
  • Troubleshooting and repair of equipment
  • Experience with collecting or processing LiDAR, Radar, or hyperspectral data
  • Experience performing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) data post ¬≠processing and analysis
  • Experience with Fourier, time-frequency, or octave analysis signal processing techniques
  • Experience with GNSS data acquisition and/or post processing
  • Experience with the design of circuits, electronics, or control systems

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to thoroughly document technical activities during laboratory and field experiments
  • Ability to summarize data sets and test notes into a concise written format suitable for insertion into a test report or briefing
  • Willingness and ability to participate in logistical planning and coordination with multiple people, or groups of people, to accomplish project work
  • Demonstrated organizational ability and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated problem solving and critical thinking abilities
  • Programming skills with self-coded processing of data in one or more of the following software or programming languages: MATLAB, Python, C, C++
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret level security clearance, which requires United States citizenship
  • Commitment to contribute to a safe work environment

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

  • Ability to design basic testing fixtures and coordinate with fabrication vendors
  • Familiarity with foil strain gages and/or bridge-based sensors
  • Familiarity with experimental stress analysis techniques
  • Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Subject to both internal and external environmental conditions: Work occurs both inside
and outside; Testing can be in extreme weather conditions,(both cold and hot)

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule or travel based on need
  • Heavy work; exerting up to SO pounds of force frequently to lift, push, pull, or
    otherwise move objects, and 100+ lbs. on an occasional basis
  • Subject to ergonomics: standing, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and
    reaching for sustained periods of time
  • Subject to noise: there is sufficient noise to require shouting to be heard above the ambient noise level
  • Subject to hazards: includes a variety of physical working conditions, such as
    proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, and exposure to chemicals

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of an employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of your appointment, and maintain eligibility without sponsorship throughout your appointment.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary


Negotiable Based on Experience


Title of Position Supervisor

Research Engineer II

Posting Type

Internal and External

Dependent on Funding


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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