• Metrology Technician

    Job Locations US-MD-Beltsville
    Business Unit
    Secret/Top Secret Preferred
    Location : Location
  • Overview

    i3 is seeking a Metrology Technician to support The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF) Fire Research Laboratory (FRL) located in Beltsville, MD. The ATF – FRL, completed in 2003, is the world’s largest research laboratory that is dedicated to fire scene investigations. FRL scientists utilize its unique structure and sophisticated instrumentation to investigate fire scene phenomena; conduct forensic fire science and engineering tests; and analyze fire growth and dynamics questions.


    The FRL conducts investigations that involve fire scene reconstruction; flashover studies; electrical fire cause evaluation; and validation of fire pattern analysis indicators. It also participates in important investigations regarding the impact of accelerants on fire growth and spread, ignition studies and electrical fire cause analysis.


    • Independently determines and performs operations required to calibrate and certify electronic and physical/dimensional measuring and test equipment, maintaining traceability to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), US Department of Commerce, or by reference to natural constants.
    • Utilize calibration methods and techniques based on principles of measurement science, technical analysis of measurement problems, and accuracy and precision requirements.
    • Identifies magnitude of error sources contributing to uncertainty of results to determine reliability of measurement process in quantitative terms, diagnoses and repairs malfunction in complex measuring and test equipment using theories of operation, block diagrams, schematics, logic trees, and software diagnostics to the component level.
    • Provides training to apprentice technicians on metrology principle, resolving technical problems, and complicated electronic theory.
    • Inspect measuring and test equipment for preventive maintenance, cleanliness, and safety requirements, analyze and interpret results of measurements and calibrations using mathematical formulas, and document results of measurements and calibrations on calibration certificates and calibration correction charts.
    • Maintenance, Repair and Calibration of Measurement.
      Installation, calibration, repair and replacement of portable measurement equipment and instrumentation installed in the measurement hoods in each test cell as directed by FRL.
    • Maintenance and repair includes tasks such as, servicing removing and replacing readily available and accessible defective components in accordance with equipment manufacture’s recommended maintenance schedules and instructions supplied to the Contractor by the government.
    • The instrumentation consists of ductwork assemblies equipped with gas sampling probes (analyzer) to record carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen (O2) concentrations. These analyzers are used to measure gas concentrations generated from fire tests.
    • This may also include equipment such as thermocouple welder and heat flux transducers as required.
    • Routine maintenance may include replacing components of the gas analyzers and heat flux transducers when the equipment fails to produce accurate readings.



    • High School diploma or G.E.D.; Associate's degree from a two-year college or technical institution preferred.
    • 3-5 years of experience in a related field preferred.
    • Specific calibration and metrology training as provided in a technical school, junior college or military curriculum.
    • Familiarity with ISO 17025 preferred.
    • Must possess the ability to set priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines; and the ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team.
    • Should possess a superior knowledge of the Fluke Calibration MET/TEAM Test Equipment Asset Management Software.

    Security Clearance:

    • Candidates with a current TS or Secret clearance preferred.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain the level of clearance required.
    • Candidates MUST be a USA citizen and able to pass a very detailed security background.


    This position is pending contract award. 


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