Advanced Lead Engineer - Aerodynamics & Thermal Lab

Cincinnati, Ohio
Feb 09, 2024
Feb 15, 2024
Position Type
Engineer, Manager / Leader
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Description Summary Activities aimed at proving a concept to be valid or technically feasible by the application of scientific and engineering methodologies. Work in this family typically has the objective of demonstrating through test or analyses the performance and implementation potential of a concept
Impacts departmental operations and responsible for planning/execution. The role has some autonomy but is focused on execution of activities within an operating discipline covered by standard functional practices and procedures. Some judgment may be required but this is typically with guidance.

Job Description
Role Summary

The Engineer - Aero-Thermal Lab plans and conducts tests to explore aerodynamics and heat transfer of key parts in the engine. The lab supports the next-gen commercial and military engines as well as continual improvements to engines already in production. Test campaigns in the lab validate technologies to reduce environmental impact of commercial engines and increase capability of military engines.

In this role, you will be responsible for planning and executing aero or thermal component test campaigns in support of all GEA engine programs, as well as development of advanced measurement techniques. The engineer will take a communicated need from a GE engine program, determine a test method to achieve it, design the test rig, and execute the test. Throughout this process the engineer will direct their own actions as well as those of technicians and contractors. They will use their experience or expertise to solve problems.

Roles and Responsibilities

The GE Aviation Aerothermal Technology Labs are responsible for experimental evaluation of aerodynamic and thermodynamic performance on turbomachinery components in support of all GE Aviation engine programs, as well as, development of advanced aerothermal measurement techniques.

There are 3 primary functions in the Aerothermal Technology Labs:

Aerodynamic Technology Lab- Aerodynamic performance evaluation using scaled simulations of fans, compressors, and turbines Thermal Technology Lab - Evaluation of heat transfer and cooling performance of combustors, turbines, and exhaust components Advanced Measurements - Development of advanced aerodynamic and thermal experimental measurement techniques

In the role of Engineer - Aero-Thermal Lab, you will be responsible to lead experimental component test evaluation efforts within the Aero-Thermal Lab and at partner organizations, measuring aerodynamic and thermal performance of various turbomachinery components.

In addition, the Engineer - Aero-Thermal Lab will:
  • Execute the design, analysis, or evaluation of assigned individual and team projects using sound engineering principles and adhering to business standards, practices, procedures, and product / program requirements
  • Provide technical leadership to personnel / cross functional teams supporting the assigned project
  • Implement plans with guidance to meet technical requirements of assigned components and systems
  • Develop action plans with guidance to respond to issues / problems
  • Lead or participate on teams assigned to address organizational initiatives and generic issues
  • Recommend, with guidance, the approach to meet the technical and program requirements
  • Participate and present or review in technical and program reviews
  • Assure proper documentation of technical data generated for the assigned projects and / or tasks consistent with engineering policies and procedures

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other relevant field
  • 5+ years direct work experience in lab setting studying relevant technology
    - PHd or Master's degree & work experience acceptable in lieu of full 3 years
  • Participation in engineering tests in an academic or company environment
  • Familiarity with CAD/Solid modeling of mechanical components
  • Familiarity with fundamentals of aerodynamics and heat transfer
  • Experience with data reduction and analysis via Excel, Matlab, or similar
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs unassisted

Desired Characteristics
  • 1+ years experience supervising technical work of lab technicians or other test engineers
  • Be willing and capable of working in a physical testing environment at various locations
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required to testing locations
  • Experience with experimental aerodynamic and/or thermal measurement techniques in a lab / test environment
  • Experience with Labview or other data acquisition system
  • Demonstrated ability to design, set up, and troubleshoot complex systems
  • Demonstrated experience applying measurement techniques
  • Working knowledge of general test and processing methods
  • Knowledge of mechanical design and assembly procedures
  • Graduate degree or desire to pursue graduate degree in Engineering
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Fluency in the English Language
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to influence others and lead small teams
  • Lead initiatives of moderate scope and impact
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Government Security Clearance

This role requires access to U.S. export-controlled information. If applicable, final offers will be contingent on ability to obtain authorization for access to U.S. export-controlled information from the U.S. Government.

Additional Information
GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: No