Position Number: 00107345
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) is an institutional research center administered by North Carolina State University. Located within the University's visionary Centennial Campus, ITRE conducts surface, water, and air transportation research, while providing professional training and educational opportunities. The Institute serves all 16 statewide campuses in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system and partners with transportation professionals around the globe. The University of North Carolina, Office of the President, designated ITRE in a Memorandum of Understanding to work in partnership with the Technical University of Lisbon in the area of Transportation and Environment. ITRE became a member of the North Carolina Transportation Consortium in 2002, and was the lead institute for the Southeastern Transportation Center (a USDOT University Transportation Center) from 1989-1995.
Essential Job Duties: The Field Technician will contribute to the Highway Systems Group within ITRE, and will be responsible for conducting field installations of sensing instrumentation, field data collection, and assisting with data collection from video. The field technician will work closely with other field technicians and the equipment manager to maintain equipment and update equipment and supplies inventories to ensure instruments operate correctly or are replaced when needed. Installation and maintenance of equipment in the field may require testing equipment and transferring data pulled from the instruments to electronic files for use in future analyses. Additionally, coordination with vendors to troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment, schedule shipments of bad parts under warranty, and monitor the receipt of replacement parts or new equipment from vendors may be required. This Field Technician will primarily work with video collection devices and bicycle and pedestrian count equipment (inductive loops, infrared sensors, and pneumatic tubes) but may have the opportunity to work with a variety of other sensors and instruments, including but not limited to thermal cameras, in-ground (electromagnetic loops) and above-ground (microwave, side-fire radar) sensors, LiDAR and radar speed detection, and GPS-enabled travel recorders. The Field Technician MUST be willing to travel for data collection and/or field installation or maintenance activities on an as-needed basis. Travel is expected approximately 20-40% of the time in a given year and may be day-long trips or multi-day overnight trips. Travel opportunities will primarily be within the state of North Carolina but may include some out-of-state work and can be as long as five or more days in a row, but are typically less.
Department Required Skills: - Experience with basic Microsoft applications; ability to learn and retain new software applications. - Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide array of people, from upper management trying to set up data collection or installations to students who need training or oversight on how to work with equipment to local agencies in whose jurisdictions equipment will be installed. - Ability to be "hands-on" with equipment and installations.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: - Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Civil Engineering or related science and experience with field work and using or maintaining technical equipment preferred.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: A current North Carolina driver's license, or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of start date is required. A valid North Carolina driver's license must be maintained as a condition of employment.
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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