Christopher C. Jobes


Office Phone: 724-847-6715

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering & Controls

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D., 1987, Engineering, West Virginia University
  • M.S., 1985, Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University
  • B.S., 1983, Mechanical Engineering, Geneva College
  • B.S., 1982, Engineering, Geneva College

Courses Taught

  • MEE 321 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
  • MEE 324 Kinematics of Mechanisms
  • MEE 403 Mechanical Component Design
  • MEE 405 Finite Element Methods
  • MEE 410 Mechanical Vibration
  • CPE 220 Digital Systems
  • EGR 211 Solid Mechanics
  • CSC 111 Introduction To Engineering Computation

Selected Engineering Presentations/Publications (from 65 publications with 23 first authorships many of which are peer-reviewed.)

  • Jobes, Christopher C., Carr, Jacob L., Reyes, Miguel A., “A visual warning system for the identification of proximity detection events around a continuous mining machine,” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57th Annual Meeting, September 30-October 4, 2013, San Diego, CA, 57:265-269
  • Jobes, Christopher C., Carr, Jacob L., DuCarme, and Joseph P., “Evaluation of an advanced proximity system for continuous mining machines”, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, Vol. 7, No. 6, 2012, pp.649-671.
  • Jobes, Christopher C., DuCarme, Joseph P., Lutz,  Timothy L., and Bartels, John J., “Visual Needs Evaluation of Continuous Miner Operators,” Mining Engineering Tech Note 2/2011.
  • Jobes, Christopher C. and Mayton, Alan G., "Evaluation of Seat Designs Relative to Transmitted Vehicle Vibration on Underground Mine Transport Vehicles," Proceedings of the HFES 50th Annual Meeting, 2006, October 16-20, 2006, San Francisco, CA, 5 p.
  • Jobes, Christopher C. and Lutz, Timothy J., "The Mechanical Position and Heading System Underground Test Results," Proceedings of the 11th WVU International Mining Electrotechnology Conference, Morgantown, WV, July 1992, pp. 147-150.
  • Jobes, Christopher C., Palmer, George M., and Means, Kenneth H., "Synthesis of a Controllable Circuit Breaker Mechanism," ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 112, September 1990, pp. 324-330.

Current Projects & Research

  • Faculty Advisor for SAE Baja Racing Team.

Research interests and consulting expertise in the following areas:

  • Machine Component Design
  • Kinematics of Mechanisms
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Digital Systems Design
  • Control Systems Design
  • Vibrations Codes and Analysis
  • Software Safety Protocols
  • Project Management

Awards Received

  • Silver Award – Chairman’s Award - Federal Executive Board of Pittsburgh, 2014.
  • Outstanding Scientific Paper in Laboratory Science – 2013 Nominee Charles C. Shepard Science Award, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Excellence in Communication – Certificate of Appreciation from CDC to the Intelligent Proximity Detection Team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, September 5, 2012.
  • Bronze Award - Outstanding Team 2001 - presented by the Federal Executive Board of Pittsburgh to the MERITS team, June 6, 2001.
  • Group Honor Award - Information Services - presented by the CDC/HHS to the MERITS team for significant efforts to develop an Internet-based computer simulation program that is a practical and economical method for delivering quality emergency management training, June 13, 2001.
  • Award of Merit - for authorship of a prize winning paper on Mechanism, Design, Analysis, or Application at the 20th ASME Mechanism Conference, Kissimmee, FL, September 1988.

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Past Chairman of Pittsburgh Section)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers

Professional Certification

  • Registered Professional Engineer - State of Pennsylvania

Work Experience

Mechanical Engineer, 1987 -1988, Boeing Services International

  • Advanced sensor systems

Mechanical Engineer, 1988 - 1997, U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM)

  • Control and Navigation of a Computer-Assisted Mining Machine

Mechanical Engineer, 1997 – Present, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

  • Software Safety.
  • Mining Equipment Safety.
  • Jolting and Jarring Abatement in Mining Machinery.
  • Intelligent Proximity Detection for Continuous Mining Machines.
  • Visual Warning Systems.

Ecclesiastical Service

  • Worship Team member, First Baptist Church of Monongahela.

Miscellaneous, e.g., hobbies, sports, personal info, etc.(optional)

  • Scouting, hiking, backpacking, orienteering, cycling, canoeing, sailing, reading, and playing music on my tuba, electric bass or piano.