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Requisition Number 18-0001
Post Date 1/12/2018
Title Electrical Engineer
City La Serena Chile
Description Electric Engineer for Facilities Operations Department, of NOAO-South


NOAO-South is inviting applications for the position of Electrical Engineer (EE) in the Facilities Operations Department of NOAO-South. We are looking for a hands-on engineer with at least 5 years experience in medium and low voltage power equipment/distribution systems. The EE will be responsible for the maintenance, upgrade and modernization of the shared medium and low-tension electrical infrastructure at the AURA Observatory in Chile, including the installations in La Serena, and on Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón. He/she will lead a small group of technicians & electricians within the NOAO-South Facilities Operations Group.

The EE will lead efforts designing, testing and maintaining electrical distribution, electric control systems, machinery and equipment, including the electro-mechanical systems associated with water supply systems. He/she will be responsible for handling electrical problems or electrical engineering issues in buildings, work sites or other locations. He/she will plan, design, and manage projects to improve and modernize this infrastructure in order to keep the electrical power distribution system upgraded, incorporating new technologies, will develop the maintenance plans needed to ensure reliable operation and supervise the work of technicians, and external contractors, in the proper execution of these plans, and will develop and update plans to accommodate the future power distribution needs of the observatory as appropriate.

The EE will work along with the staff responsible for operation of the telescopes on Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón in the diagnosis and repair of problems, and in the development of improvement projects, for electrical equipment associated with the various telescopes and their instrumentation when requested by the these programs.

The EE and his/her group are also responsible for the radio communication system for communication on and with the mountain tops, as well as alarm and HVAC systems in the buildings operated and maintained by the department.

Deadline for application January 31, 2018


Requirements Requirement Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

Electric Engineer (Ingeniero Civil Electrico) with 5 years of experience (minimum).
Proven experience in direct / hands on field work, (not limited to supervising contractors), as well as experience in documentation and developing maintenance plans.
Self-motivated and being a self-learner.
Good knowledge of spoken and written English is desirable.
Capable of working in the field in adverse weather conditions.





Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
• The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
• The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
• Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
• Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to
perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.

Part A - Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to install, work on, repair, replace parts on large telescope and its systems; b) grasp, push, pull, turn or otherwise manipulate those tools and mechanisms; c) push, shove, pull or otherwise safely and efficiently manipulate tools or mechanisms; d) lift, hold, maneuver, objects of 50 lbs. or more; e) maintain balance while performing work; f) remove parts, systems, tools of 50 lbs. or more;

Part B - Must possess – 1)ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, horns or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.

Part C – Must be able - to sit for long periods of time; must be able to drive a 4-w drive vehicle and possess a clean driving record; to take and pass high altitude physical.


  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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