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Requisition Number 16-0307
Post Date 10/21/2016
Title FTS Process/Project Engineer
City Maui
State HI

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory (NSO), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

The NSO Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Project has an immediate opening for a Process/Project Engineer to provide support in the construction of the DKIST Project and the associated Facility Thermal Systems (FTS) and other mechanical systems. The work is based in Maui, Hawaii.

The ideal candidate will work closely with the Thermal Systems Manager, Site Construction Manager, and other DKIST personnel while providing multi-disciplinary technical engineering support and leadership for the construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of equipment, facilities, and other components of the DKIST facility thermal and other mechanical systems. Additional tasks will be assigned in support of other systems as the DKIST Project develops.

Areas of experience and expertise to include:

  • Industrial process piping and equipment including design, documentation, construction, operation, and maintenance;
  • Large commercial HVAC systems – both hydronic and air-side;
  • Cleanroom design, construction, and operations;
  • Thermodynamic and Fluid Dynamic analyses and software techniques and tools (STAR-CCM+, RadTherm, Ansys, etc.);
  • 3D modeling and drawing tools (SolidWorks, Revit, Navisworks, etc.);
  • Process controls and data acquisition, preferable Rockwell-based PAC as well as BACnet/ip and Ethernet/ip protocols;
  • Commissioning and troubleshooting procedures, techniques, and tools for thermal and mechanical processes, equipment, controls, and systems;
  • Ability to independently identify and resolve technical problems by application of a high-level of engineering, scientific, or mathematical techniques;
  • Able to speak and write effectively, including preparation of comprehensive technical reports;
  • Able to effectively communicate and cooperate with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with key business contacts outside the company.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s / Master’s degree plus the recognition and achievement of technical, scientific and leadership excellence in the field with at least 15 years’ experience in engineering, development, analysis, and construction of thermal and other technical systems and apparatus, including some lead or supervisory experience.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  • Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately
  • Must possess sufficient mobility, strength or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) grasp, push, pull, turn or otherwise manipulate tools and mechanisms; b) push, shove, pull or otherwise safely and efficiently manipulate tools or mechanisms; c) lift, hold, maneuver, objects of 50 lbs or more; d) maintain balance while performing work; e) remove parts, systems, tools of 50 lbs or more
  • The position will be based in Maui, working at the Haleakala (DKIST) facility Ability to work at 10,000’ elevation, sometimes during inclement weather, is required. There will be occasional working at height utilizing fall protection equipment, ladders and scaffolding
  • Travel to/from the mainland US to the Hawaiian Islands may be necessary.

AURA/NSO offers an excellent compensation/benefit package.

Please list 3 professional references in your application and attach a CV or resume (PDF files preferred) to your application. Please name any attachments with the following format: 16-0307LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.


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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.
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