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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Engineering Development Technician IV in Pasadena, California

Engineering Development Technician IV

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Job ID:12419

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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


As an Engineering Development Technician Level 4 in the Instrument Electronics Support Engineering Group , you will be responsible for conducting and documenting activities on a variety of technical tasks such as assembly, disassembly, fabrication, test, calibration, measurement, maintenance, cabling and components, ground support equipment, specialized test equipment, modification, maintenance and certification of laboratory facilities and equipment. You will also ensure that the process, product, and environment comply with Laboratory protocols, government regulations, and professional standards.

You will be trained and flight-certified in micro-assembly work for research, airborne, space science instrument assembly and you will conduct micro-assembly of prototypes, and engineering and flight modules. This position reports to the Group Supervisor ofInstrument Electronics Support Engineering.

Additional duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Apply advanced knowledge of electronics fabrication and assembly to fabricate and assemble complex mechanical, electronic or electro-mechanical systems, devices, fixtures, cabling parts or equipment.

  • Exercise training and experience in soldering components on circuit boards and for fabricating cables.

  • Perform work in an ESD safe environment.

  • Work from limited information, written or verbal instructions, schematics, rough sketches, diagrams, layouts, or plans often requiring interpretation.

  • Recommend modifications to engineering designs as necessary.

  • Provide project teams with facility and equipment logistics support during assembly, integration and test phases.


  • Typically requires a High School diploma with a minimum of 10 years of related experience; Associates degree with a minimum of 6years of work experience or Bachelors with 3 years of related experience

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in handling of micro-assembly size items under microscope, soldering, welding and bonding of gold-plated items and wires

  • Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity, necessary to work with miniaturized systems or components

  • JPL Flight Certifications for electrical and mechanical assembly – is this certification a must have or a preferred skill-after the candidate is hired?

  • Experience fabricating high reliability circuits employing on surface mount components.

  • Experience with machine tools including drill press and mill.

  • Experience reading electrical and mechanical drawings.

  • Experience working in an ESD safe environment.

  • Ability to work with multiple projects and customers in a dynamic environment, occasionally many times within a day, and stay organized and focused

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment with limited supervision

  • Knowledge of basic computer skills such as e-mail, Microsoft word, and Excel.

Preferred Skills

  • Building and troubleshooting power electronics and signal cabling, including soldering skills

  • Working with power supplies, RF and power cabling, and basic laboratory test equipment such as oscilloscopes

  • Working with aircraft electrical and mechanical systems and instrumentation

  • Machine tools including drill press, mill, and lathe

  • Drawing basic machines and sheet metal parts, and working with machinists for fabrication

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the application of troubleshooting techniques as applied to electronic and electromechanical fabrication, and test

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with electronic test equipment and tools

  • Mechanical assembly skills

  • Recent experience building flight electronics boards including surface mount technology and testing

  • Prior aerospace industry experience

  • Experience building flight cabling

  • Certifications in electronics development and/or testing

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