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Electronics Assembly Technician
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted 10/13/2020
Admin-Facilities Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Do you love building electronics hardware to solve hard problems whose solutions have an important bearing on national security, military readiness, space exploration, national health, and the advancement of fundamental science or engineering?

Are you a highly motivated individual that enjoys working on teams to develop critical hardware?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a Electronics Assembler to help us build electronic circuit assemblies for space and national security applications. This is an unique opportunity to apply a passion for electronics manufacturing toward advanced prototypes and one-of-a kind systems that will further the scientific knowledge of humankind, safeguard our nation’s security and advance the frontiers of space.

The assembler will hand solder and hand place components and connectors on printed circuit boards, create toroids and transformers, and build harnesses and cables for various space missions. You will work with mixed technology assemblies in a high mix, low volume facility producing state-of-the-art systems.

As a Electronics Assembler...

• Your primary responsibility will be to utilizing proper tools, equipment, and processes, to assemble high reliability assembles including high reliability printed circuit boards, magnetic components, cables, and harnesses. Work includes both manual hand operations and the operation of automated assembly equipment.

• You will verify, hand place, and hand solder components on printed circuit boards in accordance with engineering documentation, manufacturing process plans, and IPC-J-STD-001 standards.

• You will operate and help maintain stencil printers, pick and place machines, and convection and vapor phase reflow equipment.

• You will Interface with project and manufacturing engineers in resolution of problems on related hardware and to develop complex manufacturing instructions.

• You will assemble cables, harnesses, and chassis according to engineering documentation and manufacturing process plans.

• You will perform rework/repair of non-conforming hardware.

• You will accurately record as-built information, traceability requirements, labor hours, and other statistics into computer databases to comply with customer requirements.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
• Have a passion to learn and improve self and processes.
• Hold High School Diploma or equivalent.
• Have 7 years experience in assembly and soldering of electronic printed wiring boards and cable assemblies preferrably in a high mix, low volume SMT facility.
• Are customer-oriented with excellent communication skills, self motivated, capable of multitasking, and following verbal and written instructions.
• Can work in a collaborative environment with partners.
• Have excellent soldering skills and experience soldering fine-pitch SMT components.
• Have crimp, cable, and harnessing experience and chassis wiring skills.
• Have the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Have the ability to interpret both formal and informal assembly documentation
• Are willing and able to work in a Class 8 Cleanroom.
• Are flexible in work hours during occasional periods of heavy workload.
• Shifted work hours and overtime (some evenings/weekends) could be required for short periods.
• Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

•You are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information.

• Have a proficiency with PC's and MS Office applications.

The following skills are desirable:
• Experience building electronic hardware for spacecraft.
• Active certification to IPC-J-STD-001 with space addendum.
• Active certification to IPC-620.
• Exposure to manufacturing resource planning (MRP) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems.
• Hold an active secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.
APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Additional Information
  • Primary Mission Area: Research & Exploratory Development
  • Requisition ID: 24452
  • Security Clearance Required on Start Date: Clearance not required
  • Final Security Clearance Required: Secret
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