ground support

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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 sophisticated mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems with expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical fields and is applied from architectural concept development through operations. These services are required to fabricate, assemble, and test electro-mechanical developmental and flight hardware using metal jointing.

As the Engineering 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.


  • Provide support 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 Assembly, Test and Launch Operations (ATLO) activities at JPL and at launch site.
  • 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.

You Must Have:

  • 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 year of related experience; related required training.
  • Advance understanding, technical expertise and experience in the following areas: Electro-Mechanical Assembly, with strong emphasis on mechanical; Installation, alignment and testing of prototype electromechanical systems; Safe handling and bonding of delicate components, including all surface prep; Fabrication and test of mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE)
  • Experience working in 100-10, 000 clean room, and Hi bay protocol.
  • Advance understanding of applicable policies, procedures, and practices in handling Flight Hardware.
  • Experience in operations of test equipment from detailed test procedures and make adjustments as required
  • Ability to work with limited supervision requiring no instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments.

Got These? Even Better

  • Advance 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)

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 15d ago
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