The Senior Engineer reports to the TMT Telescope Structures Group Leader and is responsible for managing the telescope utilities services (TUS) design and development subcontracts, and supporting the design and development of the telescope structure and its associated mechanical systems. The telescope structure and associated mechanical systems will be supplied to TMT by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) through a designbuild contract placed with a Japanese industrial company. The telescope utilities services (TUS) that supply power, communications, coolant and compressed air to telescopemounted subsystems is designed by a U. S. subcontractor.
The primary work location for the Senior Engineer will initially be at the TMT Project office in Pasadena, CA, and a significant amount of international and domestic travel will be required. The work location will shift to the observatory site after a few years.
The Senior Engineer will work as part of the team responsible for guiding and evaluating the final design, fabrication, trial assembly, transport, erection and testing of the telescope structure, its mechanical subsystems and utilities by the contractors. Job duties will include:
Developing work packages, overseeing the technical work and managing work scope, cost and progress by the contractors
Developing and ensuring conformance to requirements, specifications and interfaces
Working with the TMT international partner organizations in Japan, Canada, China, India, Japan and the United States
Facilitating communications and work flow between the Project Office, partner institutions and contractors to develop and ensure conformance to interfaces
Developing and executing risk mitigation plans and safety plans
Specifically, the Senior Engineer will be responsible for:
Programmatic and technical responsibility of the TUS work
Developing work plans, schedules and budgets for the TUS and purchased subsystems and engineering services
Ensuring the contractors meet the design, installation and performance requirements for the TUS, telescope structure and its associated mechanical systems
Ensuring the contractors meet the deliveries on schedule and within allocated budget
Independent verification of contractor designs and analyses as required
Presenting status reports and presentations to project management
Assisting in organizing and conducting review meetings, including the final design review, prefabrication review, pre ship review, etc., for the TUS, telescope structure and its subsystems
Working with the TMT Compliance Officer to assure that safety and environmental standards and regulations are met
Developing CAD models, one-line diagrams, interface drawings and presentations used to communicate with the contractors and project staff
Representing TMT through involvement with professional organizations and presentations to international conferences.
The Senior Engineer will also support the systems engineering of the telescope structure and its subsystems, and work with the project Systems Engineering, ES&H and QA groups, the TUS contractor and NAOJ to maintain and update:
Configuration control of the TUS and telescope structure design
Formal release of project drawings and documentation to support the design and development process
Topdown and bottomup error budgets
Quality Assurance Plan
Environmental, Health and Safety Plan Integration and verification plans
A bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering is required? an advanced degree in engineering is highly preferred
8 years’ experience in the design, fabrication, installation and alignment of complex machines or dynamic structures in a multidiscipline team environment
Experience formulating and managing subcontracts in a cost constrained environment performing design, analyses, fabrication and testing work
Experience in performing mechanical design of such systems in a multidiscipline team environment
Experience in performing the design, fabrication, installation and commissioning of facility utility systems which include physical plant, process piping, electrical power distribution and communications equipment
Experience in developing and managing work plans, schedules and budgets for purchased subsystems and engineering services
Experience developing and managing systems requirements and interface control documents
CAD experience in creating and updating one-line diagrams and 3D models? familiarity with SolidWorks is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Candidate should have:
Leading and facilitating work in multidisciplinary teams
Prioritizing and working on multiple assignments
Rapid comprehension and retention of technical and programmatic information
Excellent organizational skills for communicating with project office, international partner and contractor staff
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Good problem-solving skills
Good design skills
Strong facility equipment, process piping, electrical power distribution and communication systems design skills, and knowledge of North American standards, codes and regulations for these systems
Hydraulic system and heat transfer design and analysis skills
Knowledge of steel fabrication techniques
Ability to work at high altitude
Ability to travel internationally to partner, vendor and observatory locations
Additional knowledge/experience that is desirable includes:
Knowledge of optical surveying techniques, i.e., photogrammetry, laser tracker measurement, etc.
Knowledge of formal systems engineering practices
Vibration analysis and vibration mitigation systems
Working knowledge of controls systems
Knowledge of the design of large structures, piers and foundations
Experience performing finite element analysis? experience with ANSYS is preferred
Experience working on large projects
Experience working on international projects
Experience building large antennas or optical or radio telescopes Knowledge of structural design practices for earthquake survival Experience with large astronomical observatories
Fluency in Japanese would be an asset
TMT International Observatory, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: TMT offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including impressive retirement plans.
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has been established to design, build and eventually operate an Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) with a primary mirror diameter of 30 meters. ELT’s will be the successors of the present day 8-10 meter world class telescopes. When complete the TMT will be the largest ground based optical/infrared telescope in the world providing the capability to study exciti...ng astronomical problems from the nature of extra-solar planets to the first stars in the universe. An international collaboration consisting of the University of California, the California Institute of Technology, Canada, Japan, India and China has been formed to deliver this exciting project.
The TMT project recently entered construction and will be completed and ready for science operations in 2027. The TMT project office is located in Pasadena, CA, USA. The design and build of the various telescope systems will be distributed amongst the TMT partner institutions, collaborators, industry, and the Project Office.
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