Operations Engineer II-III (4689)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Albuquerque, New Mexico Remote, United States


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces an opportunity for a full-time Operations Engineer. The Operations Engineer will have a direct role in the design of the operations procedures supporting the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA). The individual will work with a multi-disciplinary engineering team and scientific staff through the design, construction and qualification of systems needed to support the overall health and function of the array. The ngVLA project is expected to deploy more than 200 radio telescope antennas throughout North America and recently received a strong endorsement from the National Academy of SciencesAstronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2020).


As part of a small, enthusiastic team, the successful candidate will report to the ngVLA Operations Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead and will be responsible for helping to define comprehensive operational plans that will be the basis for automated operations processes. This role will collaborate with the subsystem owners throughout the development of their modules to ensure functionality meets the operational requirements of the array. The Operations Engineer will participate in building and analyzing models to predict operational constraints. The successful candidate will also assist in implementing creative solutions to improve overall operational efficiency and uptime of the array.


While a remote work arrangement may be considered for well qualified candidates, much of the ngVLA team is located at the NRAO Albuquerque Office (NAO) located in the Science and Technology Park at the University of New Mexico (www.unm.edu). Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico with a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment, and cultural events. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Albuquerque offers ample access to outdoor recreation.


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective the first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

Duties of the Operations Engineer:


  • Provide performance information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing operating and engineering data
  • Identify operational problems by studying system functionality using methods such as simulation and fault analysis
  • Predict future system behavior resulting from changes such as design modifications
  • Anticipate operational problems by studying operating targets, modes of operation, process limitations
  • Develop solutions and plans for executing operations processes that improve overall array efficiency
  • Comply with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned, relevant to the scope of this role


Work Environment

Work is typically performed in a research or development environment; will be required to stand and sit, and perform fine hand manipulation. Must be able to operate a personal computer. May occasionally work at high altitudes. Occasional travel will be required.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

BS in Industrial Engineering, Operations Engineering or related field


Preferred Education

Advanced degree in Industrial Engineering, Operations Engineering, or related field


Minimum Experience

One year of experience in the following areas:

  • Developing and presenting technical briefings
  • Operations engineering to satisfy operational requirements related to uptime, modes of operation, and maintenance scheduling

Preferred Experience

Three or more years of experience in areas listed in “Minimum Experience” plus:

  • Experience with failure reporting and tracking
  • Experience with configuration management tools
  • Demonstrated experience leading engineering and technical personnel in development and implementation of operations engineering processes

Competency Summary

The ideal candidate is highly detail-oriented, future thinking, and can manage a broad set of diverse data. They must have excellent communication skills to explain new ideas and implementations with various engineering and technical personnel.


Additional Requirements

The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access our facilities.  An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination.  A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.


Application Instructions:


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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  To view our complete statement, please visit http://jobs.jobvite.com/nrao/jobs.  If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected]. PM20


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