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  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

    Job Locations US-VA-Sterling
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    KEA Technologies, Inc. (KEA), established in 2015, is an engineering research and development(R&D) small business headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts that provides engineering solutions to the transportation industry.  KEA staff has performed transportation R&D work for the past 25 years in the automotive, railroad and aviation arena.  KEA is made up of a wide range of world-renowned and experienced engineering consultants with expertise in various transportation safety fields. KEA’s areas of expertise include advanced automotive and railroad technologies, mechanical design, human factors, and various applications of behavioral, cognitive, and experimental psychology and psychophysiology.


    KEA Technologies, Inc. is currently seeking a high caliber Mechanical Engineering (ME) Technician for our Sterling, VA location. The qualified applicant will become an integral member of multi-disciplinary team including engineering professionals and subject-matter experts. The ME Technician will support the development, research, and manufacture process for engineering teams in projects execution. KEA’s projects focus primarily on support to the transportation industry – automotive, rail, and aviation. If you are a tech savvy professional with a background in automotive systems and a love of travel, this could be the right opportunity for you!


    Technician Responsibilities

    • Works independently in the absence of supervision to assist the engineering or science team in the use, fabrication, installation and testing of complex prototypes, equipment, and samples in the shop and in the field.
    • Coordinates work of internal maintenance and renovation.
    • Fabricates equipment and/or develops and implements evaluation procedures for the testing of concepts and samples produced by the engineering/science team.
    • Builds, assembles, tests, and/or installs mechanical components, cable/wiring harnesses, systems and subsystems.
    • Conducts tests and experiments in accordance with documented procedures and protocols.
    • Troubleshoots equipment and fixtures in the shop and in the field where required.
    • Manages lab facilities and test equipment through acquisition, calibration, maintenance and storage.
    • Completes reports, technical documentation, and written summaries of work as required.
    • Reads and interprets detailed mechanical drawings and electrical wiring diagrams.
    • Contributes to system architecture development, identifies design and production methods for the rapid and efficient development of new design concepts.
    • Ensures team focus on design goals and engineering quality.
    • Assists staff and initiates continuous improvement.
    • Follows OSHA and company-directed safety requirements and procedures.

    Field Responsibilities

    • Drives company vehicles and tows trailers of various lengths and weights up to and including trailers exceeding 28 feet and 12,000 lbs., to various locations throughout the country.
    • Sets up, tears down, and makes the portable ACTS/VA DMV Learning Experience Trailer (LET) ready for events, shows, or conferences. Efforts include physically packing, unpacking, and making the trailer operationally ready for display. Efforts also include placing and assembling/ disassembling stage, handrail, steps, etc.; moving exhibits into place for show/transport; turning on/off power to all exhibit items; etc.
    • Staffs the Learning Experience Trailer (LET) and functions as a Brand Ambassador by describing, demonstrating and showcasing exhibit items and equipment to the public using the latest approved scripts, materials, and best practices.


    • Bachelor’s degree preferred (but not required), or least 4 years of applicable experience or equivalent military service in a technical rating.
    • Possess a willingness and ability to learn additional technical skills.
    • Familiarity with the automobile, rail, and aviation, and defense industries.
    • Operates highly technical experimental apparatus. 
    • Technical knowledge of computer, electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, and audiovisual equipment.
    • Strong abilities using hand & power tools, and machine shop skills (mill, lathe, grind experience helpful).
    • Travel will be required for field installations, troubleshooting, system demobilization or maintenance activities.  This will include overnight and weekend travel 6 – 10 times per year.
    • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) strongly preferred, or ability to obtain if required. Clean driving record is a must.
    • Minimum 2 years of experience driving large vehicles (i.e., dump truck, box truck, F350 or equivalent and towing large campers, trailers, and/or other large tow behind vehicles. 
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Possess excellent troubleshooting skills to efficiently identify and resolve design and production issues during all phases of product research and development or during system installations.
    • Knowledge of electrical and electronic test equipment and lab practices.
    • Familiar with document controls, revision control and change process.
    • Candidate should be well organized, detail oriented, and able to multi-task.
    • Able to follow process instructions accurately and consistently.
    • This position requires strong interpersonal skills and a desire to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment advancing the state of the art and creating highly innovative devices.
    • The ability to understand equipment operation and identify potential problems with the equipment through observation and to escalate resolution to the next level.
    • Full working knowledge and use of Microsoft products: Word, Outlook, Excel, File Explorer (mandatory); PowerPoint, Visio, Teams, Project (preferred).


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