Travel the World, Repair Flight Simulators: SmartVan’s Job of the Week

Welcome to this week’s edition of the SmartVan’s Jobs of the Week, starring Terrell Owens, Michael Jackson, zipping around in a fighter jet, and piles and piles of cash. … Well, not exactly, but each of those things are definitely related to some of the off-the-wall, cool jobs on the SmartVan job board.

Owens and MJ – both well-know eccentrics – famously used hyperbaric chambers for, well, whatever powers they derived from them, but a Pennsylvania-based company needs field techs to fix hyperbaric chambers (used for pilots, not celebrities), flight simulators and a host of other avionic gadgets. And let’s not forget the cash. A German company is looking for a tech in San Francisco to fix ATMs, and even though the ad doesn’t specify, we’re assuming you don’t get to keep any money beyond a salary.

Field service, we know, is a huge field with its tentacles in all sorts of different areas, and this is a chance to highlight some of those jobs and shine a light on the things people do in the field every day. Check back here weekly for a sample of some of the more eye-catching jobs available.

Repair aircraft training equipment worldwide

Doing what: Installation, maintenance, and repair on computer and electrical systems in a variety of high-tech industrial machinery.

Where: Southampton, Penn., and various locations worldwide.

For Whom: Environmental Tectonics Corporation

The Skinny: This position is advertised as an “international field service technician,” to help install and repair machinery at locations around the world. ETC specializes in environment-simulation technology — stuff like flight simulators, hyperbaric chambers, and high-elevation simulators. The company is headquartered outside Philadelphia, and maintains equipment in 90 countries around the world, including Egypt and Poland.

A successful candidate should be well-versed in AC/DC electrical circuitry, be able to read electrical schematics, and know how to use electrical-calibration equipment. Experience working on simulators or aircraft is considered a plus.

A Few Other Jobs

Maintain equipment for aerospace systems company

QinetiQ (say it like “kinetic”), an aviation- and aerospace-systems and defense company, is hiring for a field tech to help diagnose, repair and maintain equipment at its Ft. Rucker in Alabama location. Candidates should “have experience on the aviation side,” according to Brody Vail, a human resources staffer for QinetiQ North America. “[Experience on] wheeled and tracked vehicles won’t do it. Years of experience aren’t so important. It’s finding a candidate with a strong maintenance background in the aviation field.” Salary is between $40,000 and $60,000.  Experience working on helicopters is preferred.

Repair cash machines in San Francisco

Wincor Nixdorf, a German company that manufactures ATMs and point-of-sale cash-handling machines (like those things that give you exact change in the self-checkout aisle at the grocery store) is hiring for a mechanic to work on cash machines around the San Francisco Bay Area. Employees receive training from the company on its machinery, but a qualified candidate will have skills in electronic repairs and five years of experience in the field. Side thought: If ATMs really do break down occasionally, how come they never accidentally spit out too much money?

Repair forklifts in Illinois

Crown Lift Trucks, a forklift manufacturer, is advertising a position for a service tech to work out of its Joliet, Ill. branch. The job is to diagnose and repair both Crown and other makes of forklifts. Candidates should have a background in mechanics or electronics, and technical school grads are preferred.

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