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Vertex Aerospace CBA - Environmental Technician II - NASA Armstrong - Edwards AFB, CA in Edwards, California


This position entails mounting, calibration, maintenance, environmental testing and certification of research instrumentation and flight hardware.

  • Determines test procedures and conceives designs for special test equipment for use in situations where performance requirements are hard to achieve or the item being tested is for a new use:

  • Evaluates test results in terms of operational sufficiency, feasibility or meeting objectives; modifies equipment and parts to resolve fit/interface conflicts with the structures/hardware.

  • Designs and fabricates special test mockups incorporating standard test equipment; designs and fabricates special test equipment required to operate, repair, calibrate, environmentally test and maintain specified electronic systems.

  • Writes and adheres to highly technical procedures and/or proof reads existing or new procedures of others for accuracy and completeness for use in the Armstrong Management System.

  • Familiar with and able to employ basic mechanical hand tools: torque wrenches, drills, tap and die equipment.

  • Perform test article mounting, be familiar with basic machinist skills, and test equipment mounting.

Responsible to perform testing to determine performance characteristics and checking preliminary engineering designs of avionics, telecommunications, optical, or other electronic instrumentation systems and equipment, such as avionics systems and flight research instrumentation. Using standard measurement techniques; performs and/or participates in the final evaluation of test results in terms of user objectives and requirements.

During testing, troubleshooting, aligning, maintaining and calibrating the incumbent uses the following equipment: Schwien manometer, rate gyro tables, vibration shakers, frequency generators, frequency counters, centrifuge, pressure/vacuum chambers, ovens, scopes, output meters, RF meters, watt meters, multi-meters, transistor checkers, circuit and component analyzers, system mock-ups, spectrum analyzers, wave meters, load banks and signal generators.

Designs and fabricates one-of-a-kind mock-ups and fixtures for use in calibrations and environmental tests for various flight hardware and instruments.

Responsible for carrying out assigned duties in a manner consistent with the safety policies defined by the supervisor.

Reports safety hazards, potentially hazardous situations and close calls to the supervisor. Assists supervisor to identify and eliminate un-safe conditions.

Performs other duties as assigned


  • Valid Driver’s License - required

  • Ability to travel – required. (Less than 25%)

  • Education: Associates Degree - preferred


  • Three (3) to Five (5) years’ experience in an Environmental Testing Laboratory – required

  • Seven to (7) to ten (10) years’ Electronics Background - required

  • Strong background and experience in employment of test equipment: (Volt Meters, DMM, Frequency counters and Frequency synthesizers) – required

Clearance: Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain US Secret Clearance – required, active secret - preferred

Physical Demands:This maintenance classification activity is usually accomplished in a flight line-like environment with extensive climbing, standing, stooping, bending, pushing, kneeling, stretching, and walking demands. May require lifting of objects whose weight normally will not exceed 50lbs. Special vision abilities required to perform this job are close and peripheral vision, and acceptable depth perception.

Work Environment:The diversity of working conditions range from an environment where there is little or no physical discomfort, to an environment where inclement weather may subject the individual to severe changes in temperature, wind, rain, etc. May be required to work in areas where high noise hazards, exposure to fumes, airborne particles, and electrical shock hazards exist.

Vertex is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment in which we recognize and value each other’s differences as well as fostering a culture that promotes its core values: Professionalism, Integrity, and Respect. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)