In this role you will be a member of Trantec’s field data collection team. You will travel to test sites, often driving with the test equipment (sometimes pulling a trailer), and conduct pavement-related tests. Tests may be conducted by yourself or with other field test team members. Collecting accurate and valid data and conducting the tests according to prescribed protocols are paramount. You must be meticulous and have a high attention to detail.
Field testing does not follow a regular 8 to 5 work schedule. Some days may be up to 18 hours long. Some tests require working on nights, weekends, and holidays. You generally won’t work in the rain, but you will be outdoors most of the time, in all seasons. You will also be driving cross-country a lot.
Examples of field tests include pavement friction, pavement surface texture, smoothness profiles, and falling weight deflectometer (FWD). Familiarity with these tests is preferred, but not required. It is more important, however, that you are a generally handy person, with good mechanical, electrical, automotive, computer, or similar skills. Basic computer skills will be required to run and/or diagnose testing equipment and prepare reports. You will often be in an unknown city in some part of the US and need to fix a piece of scientific equipment, so your general knowledge of equipment and repairs and mechanics and your ability to be resourceful is paramount.
When not in the field for testing purposes, you will use your mechanical and electrical skills for maintaining test equipment, developing new test devices, and other general maintenance and repair activities. You will be responsible for maintaining our test vehicles in good operating condition, including scheduling routine service at regular time intervals, mechanical repairs, electrical and wiring repairs, and diagnosing issues. Transtec does not have a machine shop, so you need to be resourceful and good at fabricating simple fixtures using parts available from hardware suppliers, and able to work with machine shops and vendors for more complex issues.
Austin, Texas, USA
Negotiable. Depends on your skills and experience.
- Conduct field tests rigorously following prescribed test procedures to collect valid and accurate test data.
- Some of the test equipment is heavy, should be able to lift 50 lbs.
- Can work on an unconventional schedule and travel on short notice (average of 50% travel with seasonal variability).
- Must be able to travel, including international travel.
- Have a clean driving record, good driving skills, and able to drive long distances.
- Able to safely drive full size pickup truck with trailer in tow.
- Able to read and interpret mechanical and electrical diagrams.
- Able to work with machine shops.
- Able to work with hardware to fabricate fixtures, parts, and make repairs.
- Able to diagnose electrical issues and repair electrical and wiring.
- Troubleshoot and develop workarounds when technical issues arise.
- Able to work/perform tests on your hands and knees when necessary.
- Fantastic attention to detail.
- Care about data quality and make extra effort to ensure results are valid.
- Persistent and committed to completing the task at hand with little supervision and with a strong work ethic.
- Safety conscious, particularly with respect to traffic and construction.
- Enjoy hands-on field work as well as computer-based office work.
- Able to work under flexible and shifting project schedules. Develop and execute contingency plans.
- Able to quickly learn and apply new technical concepts.
- Identify ways to improve processes and efficiency.
- Passionate about giving clients superior quality work.
- Have a great attitude and enjoy working closely with a team of enthusiastic and creative people.
- Communicate effectively (frequently and concisely) with managers and clients.
- Go above and beyond the job description when needed.