Automotive Instrumentation Test Technician - (PFO0001NV)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Michigan-Dearborn-20313-DETO-05
  • Nov 26, 2020
Full time Construction

Job Description



Jacobs is the world’s top supplier of automotive test facilities, providing a full range of services to commercial automotive industry customers. Customers include not only the world’s major vehicle providers and other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but also clients from the international motor sports community.

The Instrumentation Technician will be working in an engine testing facility in Dearborn. This facility applies numerous testing methods and data acquisition software to support and conduct a variety of Engine, Powertrain, and Durability Tests.


Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Installation
  • Troubleshooting andd repair of Special test components (accelerometers, Kulite transducers, strain gages, Vishay AMPs, thermocouple soldering).
  • Building electrical cables, repairing electrical connectors, and modifying electrical breakout boxes. 
  • Calibrating and maintaining testing instrumentation.
  • Supporting development and durability special testing and troubleshooting in an engine dynamometer facility.
  • Interface with Technologists, Product Engineers, and Supervisors on updates/new test procedures, equipment and methods. 
  • Verify the calibration and maintenance of test equipment and test systems.
  • Hook up instrumentation, diagnose / troubleshoot problems, conduct tests, change out components if necessary, and remove instrumentation as needed.
  • Testing equipment includes Emission benches, fuel flow meters, smoke meters, pressure transducers, torq meters, accelerometers, and thermocouples.

In this position, you are a full-time employee of Jacobs.  This is NOT a contract position.   You will be eligible for our generous benefit package, including health insurance, dental, vision, generous PTO, paid holidays, 401K, stock purchase plan, and tuition reimbursement. 




  • High School Diploma required.
  • Desired:
  • Associate Degree or equivalent in automotive technology or electronic related field.
  • Experience in engines/powertrain dynamometer testing or other similar testing techniques preferred. 
  • Basic background in engine electronics troubleshooting, Kulite pressure transducer exp, Thermocouple soldering exp, knowledge of Vishay AMPs, accelerometer exp, strain gage, and ability to read schematics/wiring diagrams a must.
  • Understanding how DMM’s, O-Scopes, and other electronic testing devices are used. 
  • Understanding of instrumentation used in an automotive test environment, such as pressure transducers, thermocouples, accelerometers, etc. are highly preferred. 
  • Good interpersonal, computer, oral and written skill.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION The ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS of the position must relate to the DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES of the position.  List each essential function under the appropriate category / categories below.  Indicate approximate percent of time each essential function normally would require; this doesn’t have to add up to 100% since marginal functions do not have to be listed.  The primary supervisor, for which this position will report to, is responsible to review the Essential Functions with each applicant interviewed.

Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position



% of Time

  • Lifting
  • Climbing
  • Crawling
  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing)
  • Unusual physical requirements
  • High noise level
  • Other

Engine parts such as intakes, exhaust parts, heads, drive

Shafts, and other related engine parts and accessories.     35


Safety glasses, slip resistant hardened toe shoes, gloves      100

Long pants, short sleeve shirts

Able to lift 25 lbs


Engine high noise level while running in the test cell, the

Employees are not exposed to engine speeds over idle while in the cell.


Description of Work Environment



% of Time

  • Inside?  Outside? Where
  • Combination of above
  • Extreme (hot/cold) temperatures involved
  • Hazardous conditions - What are they
  • Travel/transportation requirements
  • Other

Inside                                                                                    100


Hot temperatures generated by engines.  Cold start

Tests, the engine can be soaked to -20F                                50

Rotating equipment, engines, hot exhaust, trip hazards,        100




Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks



% of Time

  • Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?
  • Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?
  • Tools used in trade - which ones?
  • Other

Computers, analyzers                                                        70





Basic hand tools, hammer, screw driver, wrenches, ratchets

Sockets, and other related engine repair tools                    30

Criticality of Attendance



% of Time

  • Overtime, regular days, off days
  • Shift
  • Necessity for regular attendance
  • Urgency for punctuality

8 hours per day regular time with occasional overtime

May need to flex time to cover weekend testing                  100

Afternoons 3:00pm-11:30pm


Critical for employee to be there on time on a regular basis.



 Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language. 

Primary Location

: United States-Michigan-Dearborn-20313-DETO-05

Job Posting

: Nov 18, 2020, 12:03:16 AM


: Engineering



Job Type

: Experienced
Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations

 Dearborn 48121-5397
Capabilities: Advanced Technology Facilities