Job Requisition Number: 25003. The position provides professional engineering support within a pavement research program. Engineering activities include the mechanical testing of pavement materials specimens, establishment of performance specifications, experiment designs, testing protocols, data analyses, and documentation.
The Testing Engineer learns to use professional engineering concepts within a construction materials testing laboratory. The position applies standard laboratory practices, as well as AASHTO and Caltrans procedures, to test pavement materials, using a number of testing machines and materials. Over the first year position acquires a specialization in the use and maintenance of one or more testing machine and establishes a testing schedule to meet research requirements. Analyzes test data and assists senior engineers with troubleshooting problems, adjusting experiment designs, testing protocols, and preparing research reports. Also assists with quality control of specimens being prepared for testing and may participate in training and directing laboratory technicians.
50% Under review of Associate Research Engineer, and direct supervision of Laboratory Managing Engineer, applies engineering knowledge to conduct tests on asphalt concrete laboratory specimens with several servo-hydraulic and pneumatic testing machines, including six fatigue testing machines, three shear machines, two Hamburg machines, one IDT machine, and one AMPT machine. Also, operates Cox concrete press to test concrete specimens. Within first year of employment develops specialization in one or more type of machine. Assists other testing engineers with cross training and maintenance of that machine. Each machine requires customized set up for every experiment and engineering judgment each time they are run. Modifications to machines and testing protocols will be required in certain instances. Maintains, calibrates, and troubleshoots the machines, including their electronic controls and programmable testing software. Involved in quality control and to a limited extent, support of specimen fabrication and other laboratory activities. Monitors tests for engineering reasonableness and intervenes as necessary to protect the machine and preserve specimens. Work may need to be conducted on a non-routine schedule, and may require evenings and/or weekend hours.
15% Acquires skills in project management. Tracks projects to maximize production and meet research objectives. Reports to Laboratory Managing Engineer on laboratory productivity. Schedules laboratory staff based on skill sets and project requirements. Prepares testing schedules for multiple projects on shared machines. Uses Gantt charts, control charts, and other project management techniques as they relate to pavement specimen preparation and testing.
15% Contributes to summary reports and technical memorandums by explaining sophisticated test results in intelligible language. Prepares graphs, charts, and slides for presentations to clients and management.
10% Under direct supervision and review, participates in engineering and mathematical analysis of experimental data, using spreadsheets and statistical software to fully evaluate specimen performance. Acquires skills to independently perform more complex analyses with additional software tools.
5% Assists with field work throughout the State, which includes coring pavements, back-filling holes, carrying equipment and supplies to fellow field crew members, and running sophisticated field test equipment to measure pavement surface properties. Work is conducted on an as-needed basis, including evening and weekends hours, along highways in all parts of California.
5% Promotes safety by reviewing and updating operating procedures for the testing machines, including contingency plans for electrical outages, leaks, or other potential hazards. Serves as emergency contact person for machine(s) of specialization, such as the fatigue, shear, Hamburg, or AMPT testing machines. Performs safety checks and provides individualized safety instruction to junior staff to ensure maintenance of safety consciousness within the laboratory.•Bachelors in Civil Engineering or equivalent knowledge and experience. •Six months experience in asphalt laboratory research. •Ability to learn to use sophisticated hydraulic/pneumatic test equipment. •Ability to learn test data reduction and analysis. •Basic knowledge of engineering statistics. •Ability to perform computer graphing of engineering data. •Requires effective written and verbal communication skills. •Ability to work in a collaborative manner with researchers, technicians and undergraduate assistants. •Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds. •Training in or knowledge of AASHTO/Caltrans standard test procedures for asphalt, concrete, aggregate, and soil. •Ability to perform physical work in varied outdoors conditions.
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