Naval Air Systems Command/Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (Jacksonville, FL)

Materials Engineering Laboratory

Program Dates: TBD

You must be 16 years or older and a U.S. citizen to participate at this laboratory.


The Materials Engineering Division is dedicated to supporting the warfighter by providing aircraft-related materials engineering and analytical services to FRCSE industrial programs, Navy Air Program Managers, fleet personnel, and industry partners.  As part of the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) the Jacksonville Materials Engineering Laboratory is actively involved in the technologies and processes utilized to perform maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) on multiple types of Navy aircraft, including fighter and attack planes, patrol, anti-submarine, reconnaissance, transport, trainer, and rotary wing. The Materials Engineering Division occupies a modern 16,500 ft2 laboratory equipped with sophisticated analytical equipment used to solve aircraft related materials problems, develop intricate process procedures, perform research, testing, and evaluation activities, and continually improve the processes in use within FRCSE.  Services range from basic materials identification to complex material failure root cause determination.  The staff consists of approximately 40 materials engineers, chemical engineers, chemists, technicians, and administrative personnel.  The Materials Engineering Division is comprised of six separate branches:

The staff remains current with the latest scientific and technical advances through interactions with other Department of Defense (DoD) activities, industry, and academia. The division’s experts actively participate in many research and technology insertion projects, working with programs such as the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Navy Environmental Sustainability Development to Integration (NESDI) program, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). Scientists perform a variety of materials engineering research projects.  Such examples include:

Demonstrating and validating new technologies to improve material performance is a key area of research interest at FRCSE.  Students will uniquely benefit from not only research in the laboratory, but the hands-on experience gained with exposure to the industrial operations of aircraft maintenance and repair.


Avionics Engineering

Provide avionics engineering support for a wide variety of core avionics, wiring, RADAR, electro-optic, and electronic warfare systems found on all T/M/S USN/USMC aircraft including P-8, EP-3E, Triton, E-6, T-45, and F/A-18. This support includes comprehensive engineering investigations and avionics modifications to existing systems.  The Avionics Engineering department has several Research and Development projects related to unmanned aircraft programs.  The engineers support development and testing of unmanned ground communication and satellite communication systems. 

The aircraft/avionics modification team develops design packages for emerging and upgraded technologies.


Support Equipment and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment

The Support Equipment and Engineering Department is responsible for the design, development, evaluation, verification, fielding, and in-service engineering support for Aircraft Launch and Recovery (ALRE) and aircraft/target/weapon Support Equipment (SE).  This includes the technical cognizance over the systems that test and certify the final release of any part or component used on such aircraft or engines.  The division’s teams procure, design and/or sustain support equipment Test Program Sets (TPSs), Support Equipment, Automatic Test Systems (ATS) Software Support, and Portable Equipment Maintenance Aids (PEMAs).

The ATE/TPS/SE acquisition team procures hardware, software, and supporting documentation including operational test program sets (OTPSs) and Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) including PEMA re-procurements.  This includes request for proposal (RFP) development, source selection, contract data requirements list (CDRL) review and acceptance, systems engineering technical reviews (SETR), acceptance testing, on-site verifications and fleet support team transitions.  Within this competency is the Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) Software Support Activity (SSA).  The CASS SSA develops, acquires, maintains and distributes ATE system software and tools for fleet and development sites world-wide.

The ATE/TPS/SE design team provides innovative hardware and software design solutions including CASS OTPS development, test routine development on Pinpoint, Huntron, and Eclypse testers, and hardware/software design and design and upgrade of ATE.  Our programming environments include ATLAS, Fortran, L200/LASAR, C, C++, C#, TestStand, LabWindows CVI, Visual Basic, Java, .NET, VMS, DOS, VHDL (FPGA/CPLD), ATML, and HTML/XML.  This organization is specialized in digital systems, electro-optics, radio frequency (RF), navigation, and electronic warfare (EW) systems.  Additionally, the team assists Navair PMAs, cost estimators, and other acquisition teams in estimation of commercial TPS development costs and evaluation of technical issues on contracted ATE/SE/TPS development.

The ATE/TPS/SE fleet support team (FST) provides life cycle management from acquisition through retirement of ATE, TPSs, and Support Equipment (SE).  This FST team provides depot production support, replenishments, hardware and software updates, block upgrades, test harmonization between various levels of maintenance, mission data file support, and obsolescence avoidance.  On-site fleet training has been provided domestically and internationally for peculiar and common support equipment across all levels of maintenance.