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The Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington (APL/UW) is a premier center for research, development and advanced education in science and engineering. APL/UW was formed in 1943 at the request of the U.S. Navy to bring university resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. From a wartime beginning focused on effective torpedo exploders, APL/UW initiated acoustic studies and oceanographic research programs to understand how variations in the ocean environment affected the performance of Navy systems. Decades of acoustic and oceanographic studies yielded an understanding of the world's deep oceans.
Today our scientists and engineers make important contributions to understanding the earth's climate cycles with satellite and in situ sensing of ocean winds, currents, and air-sea fluxes; observations of Arctic sea ice, its variations and effects on mid-latitude oceans; and ocean tomography that reveals how the abyssal ocean mixes and sequesters carbon. APL-UW continues to lead research in the basic and applied physics of sound—from sonars used to probe the geology of the deep ocean floor to hand-held high-frequency focused ultrasound devices to image and stop internal bleeding without surgery.
APL has an outstanding full time opportunity for an Electronics Fabrication Technician.
This recruitment is open to UW Office of Research employees only.
This position will solve fundamental and applied ocean engineering problems of significance to Federal, State, local and private industry sponsors.
Electronic Fabrication, Assembly and Testing
-Following instructions and schematics provided by professional electrical engineers, fabricate, assemble, integrate, calibrate, test and repair electronic components (e.g., circuit boards, cable assemblies, components) for unique, one-of-a-kind scientific instruments.
-Apply knowledge of electronics principles and theories.
-Apply common electronics fabrication methods and tools (e.g., soldering), especially micro-electronic component fabrication.
-Procure equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish research program objectives.
-Identify/troubleshoot problems with the research equipment or methods, and identify and implement solutions.
-Maintain operational condition of equipment by cleaning, calibrating, modifying, diagnosing problems and repairing.
-Develop and manage inventory lists; order, stock, catalog and store electronic components such as transistors, resistors, circuit boards, capacitors, inductors, tubes, connectors, etc.
-Maintain a PADS parts library.
-Managing parts kit process between engineers and external vendors (e.g., PCB fabrication).
-Maintain safety standards in the workspaces and Labs.
-Deploy, operate, repair, maintain and recover scientific instruments in the field.
-Assist with experiment logistics preparations, including shipment of equipment to remote field locations, obtaining lodging, communications, and sourcing supplies. At the conclusion of each field experiment, manage the proper storage and inventory of equipment and supplies.
-Maintain safety standards during operations in the field and onboard research vessels. Assume responsibility for safe and effective operation of complex experimental equipment.
-Assist in field data collection, including instrument calibration, computer data acquisition, and record keeping.
-May provide direction to other technicians and students on methods and procedures.
-May schedule and document the work of team members.
-May analyze fieldwork results; develop conclusions and recommendations.
-May contribute to research results in publishable form.
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or technical related field. Equivalent combination of education and experience can substitute for degree.
2 years of job-related experience to include:
-Demonstrated knowledge and application of electronics principles and theories is required. -Demonstrated experience with advanced electronic component and scientific equipment fabrication, assembly, testing, deployment, maintenance, operation, repairs. -Demonstrated experience in the application of common electronics fabrication methods and tools (e.g., soldering), especially micro-electronic component fabrication. -Able to meet the requirements necessary to work at sea in small to large vessels for extended periods and willing to perform the required duties aboard ships. -Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds in materials repeatedly. -Able to work independently, and as part of a research team, interacting cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds, academic levels, and nationalities. -Effective interpersonal and communication skills. -Able to acquire and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
-Experience with autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) or unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) -Experience with PADS software -Experience with inventory management -At sea experience -Vessel operator experience -Scuba diver certification -Experience working for research lab at an R1 University
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.
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