UIC Alaska

SCA Engineering Tech III

Position Type
Location : Location
SCA Hourly Rate
USD $28.79/Hr.
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain
Minimum Clearance Required
Travel Requirement
Less than 10%


Bowhead is hiring an Engineering Technician to join a team supporting the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) on Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.


This requirement involves electronics technician support for the Flight Sciences Branch (FSB) within the Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL).  Duty station will be at the Transonic Experimental Facility.  This is a unique all-purpose experimental facility used to examine aeroballistic flight, propulsion, structures / materials, guidance, and terminal effects in a relevant environment.  This work is performed both outdoors and indoors and includes the use of explosive materials, medium-to-large caliber munitions as well as unique projectiles.


Major Duties:

In support of the test and evaluation of advanced munitions and the use of electronic test and evaluation instrumentation for ballistic testing, major duties include:

  • Support required in preparing and executing large caliber gun firings or explosives-based detonations as part of a range operational team under the direction of a certified test director.
  • Work on focused tasks associated with broad programs and projects, often without the availability of immediate supervisory guidance.
  • Keep the test director advised of progress and receives periodic review during progress of typical assignment.
  • Interact with personnel including other laboratory personnel, external customers from other government agencies, and contractors, for the purpose of clarifying work requirements, to exchange information, resolve problems, and coordinate work and personnel.
  • Assist identifying equipment and material needs, conducting tests, collecting, and reducing data, and help ensure data are within expected parameters.


Requirements for the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Working knowledge of the techniques and theories characteristic of electronics such as a knowledge of basic electrical and electronic theory, algebra, and elementary physics.
  • Ability to apply that knowledge to duties involved in engineering functions such as design, development, evaluation, testing, installation and maintenance of electronic equipment.
  • Elementary knowledge of the capabilities, limitations, operations, and functional use of a variety of types and models of electronic equipment and instrumentation systems including multimeters, oscilloscopes and other data acquisition interfaces.  Such knowledge is related to but considerably less than a full professional knowledge of electronics engineering.
  • Familiarity with personal computers to process data and control test and evaluation operations and instrumentation.
  • Willingness to be trained on the use of different types of electronic systems such as pressure sensors, temperature sensors, high speed cameras, radar, flight telemetry and flash X-ray system operation.
  • Ability to participate in a team environment to share and discuss with the team leader and other team members: scopes of projects, objectives, methods for accomplishing objectives, potential problem areas, and recommended alternatives to resolve conflicting requirements.
  • Willingness to respond to short-notice, unscheduled requirements for travel and overtime, sometimes with less than 15 minutes notice.
  • Must follow all safety regulations and use proper protective gear or equipment.
  • Certified to operate Bowhead and Government vehicles and equipment.

Desired skills and background include:

  • An associates degree in electronics or bench level experience.
  • Knowledge and skills associated with the nature of the work which involves experimental and analytical investigations on free flight motion resulting from the fluid dynamics and structural dynamics of projectile, rocket and missile aerodynamics, and flight structures. Suck knowledge and skills include experimental fluid dynamics, gas dynamics, flight mechanics, and munitions structural dynamics and aerodynamics measurement and analysis techniques.

Physical Demands:

  • The duties require a significant amount of physical labor associated with setup and teardown of equipment and materiel at test sites.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds repetitively.
  • Prolonged periods of walking, standing, bending, or stooping. 


SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: Must currently hold a security clearance at the Secret level.  US Citizenship is a requirement for Secret clearance at this location.


In accordance with Executive Order 14042:  Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, candidates should be aware that they may be required to have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire.



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