🧰 Electromechanical Development Technician III

ground support

Job Details

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

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.

This unique opportunity is part of the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division which engages in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems with expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical disciplines and is applied from architectural concept development through operations.

As the Electromechanical Development Technician, you will be working for JPL's Mechanical Fabrication and Test Section, which maintains technical support facilities, and resources that provide the services required to fabricate, assemble, and test electro-mechanical developmental and flight hardware.  This Section develops and matures equipment and technologies, which enable and enhance our fabrication and environmental test capability for current and future missions 

  • Responsible for assembly and support testing of mechanical and electronic devices.
  • Support projects for fabrication and test of all mechanical and electrical ground support equipment.
  • Support flat pattern layout, fabrication, (sewing) and installation of thermal blankets.
  • Support Assembly, Test and Launch Operations (ATLO) activities at JPL and at launch site.
  • Perform tests, verify configuration, solder wires and cable fabrication.
  • Ability to work from prints and sketches and use precision measuring devices, as well as all shop and hand tools.
  • Perform setup operations on environmental test equipment and mechanical support equipment, start and operate test equipment from detailed procedures and make adjustments as required.
  • Interface with cognizant or research engineer and suggest test configurations and will perform work in accordance with the test engineers’ procedures.
  • Assigned to projects and teamwork with engineers and technicians on the assembly and test of flight spacecraft.

******IMPORTANT******* This position, because of its associated job duties, has been determined by JPL to be safety-sensitive as defined in JPL's Drug Free Workplace Requirement. An employee holding this position will be subject to periodic, unannounced, random drug testing. Please refer to JPL's Drug Free Workplace Requirement for more information. Candidates who are hired into designated safety-sensitive positions will be included in a pool from which individuals are randomly selected to participate in the unannounced drug testing.

Required Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a High School diploma with 8 years of related experience; related and required training; Associates with 4 years of related experience; Bachelors with 1 years of related experience; related required training.
  • Minimum of 6 years as a pattern maker and sewing machine operator.
  • Must have advanced understanding, technical expertise and experience in the following areas: Electro-Mechanical Assembly, with strong emphasis on thermal blanket fabrication, installation, alignment and testing also strong knowledge of thermal blanket properties and grounding procedures. Safe handling and bonding of delicate components, including all surface prep and flight hardware in a controlled environment.
  • Ability to work from prints and sketches and use precision measuring devices, as well as all shop and hand tools.
  • Experience working in 100-10,000 clean room, and Hi bay protocol.
  • Advanced understanding of applicable policies, procedures, and practices in handling Flight Hardware.
  • Ability to work with different solvents on a daily basis.
  • Work with limited supervision requiring no instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Associates degree with 4 years of related experience; Bachelors with 2 years of related experience.
  • Minimum 6 years’ experience as a prototype pattern maker and blanket fabricator
  • Advanced understanding, technical expertise and experience in the following areas: Assembly, Test and Launch Operations. (ATLO); Electronic assemblies; assembly/dis-assembly, operation, testing, troubleshooting & diagnostics of components.
  • Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity, necessary to work with miniaturized systems or components.
  • Must be able to work at remote sites for extended periods.
  • Skilled in operations of all shop tools, including soldering and crimping.
  • Ability to work closely with team members, long hours in a sometimes-high stress environment.
  • Working knowledge of computer applications (e.g., spreadsheets, databases, word processing, web searches) for component information.

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here.

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United States, JPL Campus, Pasadena, California
Posted 7d ago
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