Research Instrumentation Engineer

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Work type: Research Faculty or Associate Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Academic Affairs, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Other

Position Title: Research Instrumentation Engineer
The Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is undertaking a DARPA-funded R&D project to develop and demonstrate near-surface rapid tunneling technology. This technology has the potential to revolutionize subsurface transportation for both military and civil use. Mines is seeking a talented experienced instrumentation engineer to play a key role in this project. The R&D project will marry concepts and technologies from pipeline horizontal directional drilling and oil & gas directional drilling with novel mechanical, construction, geotechnical and fluids concepts and technologies.

This is a soft money position, intended for a duration of 5 years or more. The initial contract supporting this position has been secured for 15 months. We anticipate continued support both from defense and civilian sources for continuation.

Responsibilities:
  • Design, implement and maintain the instrumentation efforts for the drilling test; including selection and procurement of sensors, installation techniques, integration into system DAQ, commissioning, testing and verification, as well as management of instrumentation throughout testing.
  • Participate in flow loop instrumentation design, test support, and data collection.
  • Oversee the measurement and collection of pertinent data from pipe tensioner and fluids management, as well as design the instrumentation for the PIP on demand system.
  • Become familiar with pipe tensioner instrumentation (advance rate, thrust, etc.) and pipe tensioner DAQ and outputs (including accuracy), so that this data can be pulled into system-wide DAQ. IE will incorporate additional instrumentation as needed.
  • Seek to implement additional instrumentation to meet needs of intelligent drilling support and integrate streaming data from all components (BHA, drill string, pipe tensioner, fluids management) into a system-wide data acquisition system.
  • Become familiar with fluids management instrumentation (fluid flow rate, cuttings return rate, density measurements, etc.) and DAQ and outputs (including accuracy), so that this data can be pulled into system-wide DAQ. IE will incorporate additional instrumentation as needed.
  • Work with team to implement real-time data driven learning for intelligent drilling support.
  • IE, with others, will develop an instrumentation plan including what to measure, where to measure, how frequently, etc. The IE will design the instrumentation system, including selection and procurement of sensors, installation techniques, integration into system-wide DAQ, commissioning, testing and verification, as well as management of instrumentation throughout field testing.
  • Participate in interdependencies and trade studies analysis, and risk assessment, as well as be responsible for assembling field data acquisition.
  • Responsible for field instrumentation and system-wide DAQ for the Interim and Final Field Demonstrations.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS in a science or engineering discipline
  • Minimum 2 years experience in instrumentation design, test support, and data collection.
  • Knowledge of COTS mechanical system sensing technologies, e.g.., for flow, fluid density, torque, thrust, pressure, stress, deformation.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation and data acquisition fundamentals, including sensor specifications, technologies, as well as data acquisition design principles.
  • Experience in the design, deployment and testing of instrumentation systems for mechanical or geotechnical systems.
  • Must be extremely detailed and organized, capable of coordinating multiple tasks on schedule and within budget.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, and have the capability to work independently and productively.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.
Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit: family.mines.edu
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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