||IT&C Observatory Technician (Electrical/Electronics)
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory)
in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.
The National Solar Observatory (NSO) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Project has an immediate opening for an
Observatory Technician (Electrical/Electronics). OTE hereafter, will provide support to Integration, Testing and Commissioning (IT&C) engineer(s) on site and as directed by the IT&C manager. As the first OTE(s) on site they will be expected
to participate in the development of maintenance programs as new sub-systems come on-line. As the IT&C program develops the technician will become an integral part of the IT&C team responsible for development of new sub-systems and maintenance of existing
commissioned facility equipment.
- Installation, improvement and modifications of Electrical and Electronics sub-systems in the telescope, instrumentation and facility buildings under the direction of a supervisory engineer.
- Upkeep existing analog, digital, and astronomical instrumentation systems.
- Performs technical support activities, at an experienced level, including fabrication, troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance.
- Execution of observatory system maintenance, development of planned maintenance on new sub-systems.
- Identify discrepancies in documentation, red-line drawings or text and reports errors for updating.
- Participate in the site acceptance testing of sub-system equipment and any associated maintenance training.
- Ensure that laboratory facility bench stock, consumables, spares, tools, and test equipment are maintained.
- Assists in solving design problems as required, achieving assigned project objectives.
- Solves coordination problems of a technical nature directly or in conjunction with other members of a project team.
- Assists other technical support personnel as necessary.
- Responsible for compliance with technical requirements and approved time schedules of assigned work.
- Cooperates and coordinates closely with representatives of the major instrumentation and scientific divisions, and others involved with the assigned technical problem.
- Monitors and reports results of activities and notes unusual situations.
- Builds, assembles, modifies, repairs, troubleshoots and maintains equipment for a project.
- Work in accordance with applicable safety standards (including NEC) and for safety of operations in areas under purview and reporting unsafe conditions and practices.
- Prepares technical documentation for use by technicians, telescope operators, engineers, and scientific staff.
- Other tasks as directed by project management.
- Associate degree, military schools, or college level courses in Electrical, Electronics or equivalent combination of trades/skill training and demonstrated work experience sufficient to meet job requirements.
- Minimum five years of experience in relevant technology or engineering support of large precision machines / mechanisms.
- Proven ability to fine pitch solder, wire cable connectors, assemble electronics boards and circuit assemblies, read and understand electronics schematics.
- Proven ability to test, troubleshoot, and repair a wide range of digital and analog electronic circuits to component level. Using a range of test equipment including oscilloscopes, signal generators, DVM
- Demonstrate aptitude for work with electro-mechanical systems across a broad range of operation, maintenance, repair and upgrade activities.
- Experience in single phase and medium voltage three phase electrical systems.
- Ability to speak and write effectively, including preparation and presentation of reports.
- Ability to thrive in a culturally diverse team environment..
- Sensitive to and respectful of cultural and environmental issues.
- Basic computer skills
- Experience of working in an Astronomical or Scientific Laboratory environment
- Motion control, digital and analog servo systems
- Infrared arrays and/or CCDs and controllers
- Programmable logic controllers (PLC, Allen Bradley preferred)
- Beckhoff EtherCAT systems
- Surface mount technology (SMT) assembly and repair
- HVAC/R systems
- CAT5 internet cable termination
- Fiber optics termination
- Servicing and repair of high vacuum cryogenic scientific instruments
- Optical mirror cleaning and/or coating
CAD 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 50 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
- Must possess sufficient mobility, strength or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) grasp, push, pull, turn or otherwise manipulate tools and mechanisms; b) push, shove, pull or otherwise safely and efficiently manipulate tools or mechanisms;
c) lift, hold, maneuver, objects of 50 lbs or more; d) maintain balance while performing work; e) remove parts, systems, tools of 50 lbs or more
- There will be occasional working at height utilizing PPE
- The position will be based at the Haleakala (DKIST) facility and ability to work at 10,000’ elevation, sometimes during inclement weather, is required.
- Occasional travel to/from the mainland US to the Hawaiian Islands may be necessary.
Please list 3 professional references in your application and attach a CV or resume (PDF files preferred) to your application. Please name any attachments with the following format: 16-0178LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded
as part of the application may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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