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Job no: 493704 Work type Research Support Full Time Location: Golden Categories: Academic Affairs, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Health and Safety, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Petroleum Engineering
The Department and the Role:
Colorado School of Mines is undertaking a DARPA-funded R&D project to develop and demonstrate near-surface rapid tunneling technology (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The R&D project will marry concepts and technologies from pipeline horizontal directional drilling and oil & gas directional drilling with novel mechanical, construction, geotechnical and fluids concepts and technologies. This technology has the potential to revolutionize subsurface transportation for both military and civil use.
The Senior Project Engineer will serve as defacto chief technical operations officer, working closely with the Project Director to ensure that all technical tasks are successfully completed on schedule and within budget.
This is a soft money position, intended for a duration of 5 years or more. The initial contract supporting this position has been secured for 15 months. We anticipate continued support both from defense and civilian sources for continuation.
Lead the systems analysis and integration task effort, including the direction of trade studies, implementation of inter-dependencies management process, planning and logistics for field testing and system demonstration at remote sites.
Lead the coordination of site operations during field testing.
Develop, with the mechanical engineer and others, specifications for required mechanical equipment (pumps, pipe pullers, pipe, drill rod, etc).
Review work product of project staff (task leads, post docs and graduate students).
Write various technical report sections related to task progress, etc.
Co-direct the work required for specific sub-tasks, including configuration of a continuous pipe thruster, development of a pipe-in-pipe on demand, and development of novel drilling test lab assemblies.
Carry out sub-task items to move the project forward. Such items can vary widely and will be technical in nature, e.g., research and procure an appropriate rental unit for a various function, negotiate the technical aspects of intellectual property needed from a company, troubleshoot a problem that arises.
Some travel is required, estimated at 4-6 trips for 15-20 days total over the 15 month duration of the first contract.
BS in Engineering or Science or closely related field
Substantial progressive experience in a technical/problem solving role
Wide range of engineering design and construction skills and experience
Must be extremely detailed and organized, capable of coordinating the many technical activities required to maintain project goals, schedule and budget
Demonstrated experience in technical management and leadership of multidisciplinary mechanical, construction or drilling project
Excellent communication, teamwork and conflict resolution skills as this position will require proactive interaction with 20-30 technical project staff
Demonstrated experience in leading or playing a significant role in a similar scale project
Demonstrated experience in field construction or drilling
Experience in prototype development (design, fabrication, testing), laboratory testing programs, field testing (drilling and/or construction)
Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is located in picturesque Golden, in the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times.
Mines is a global leader in research with a focused mission to enhance understanding of the earth, energy and the environment. Led by our world-class faculty, the research conducted at Mines aims to address national and international critical needs while cultivating the experience of our graduate students as the next generation experts of their field. The university is home to first-rate research facilities that provide services, expertise and instrumentation that enable innovative and cutting-edge fundamental and basic research throughout campus. Mines has partnerships with industry, national laboratories, other universities, funding agencies and international institutions enable us to maintain our cutting edge research and have a significant impact on real world problems.
Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit https://www.mines.edu/president/planning/.
How to Apply:
Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.
Starting salary will be competitive with similar positions in industry and will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit: family.mines.edu
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Advertised: May 23, 2019 Mountain Daylight Time Applications close: June 13, 2019 11:55 PM Mountain Daylight Time