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Requisition Number 17-0119
Post Date 6/2/2017
Title Drafting Associate
City Maui
State HI

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory (NSO), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

The NSO Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Project has an immediate opening for a Drafting Assistant, DA hereafter. The DA is a person who makes detailed technical drawings or plans for machinery, electric and infrastructure using modern 2D and 3D modelling software. The role is to survey equipment to develop new or update existing drawing and manuals to an ‘as-built’ status.

Essential Functions:

  • Interpret existing documentation and compare this against the implemented hardware. Determine changes to the ‘as-built’ equipment and update the documentation to match the implementation.
  • Draw wiring diagrams, schematics, and layout drawings used for manufacture, installation, and repair of electronic/electrical equipment.
  • Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.
  • Review existing maintenance documentation and update as necessary.
  • Develop new 2D drawings, 3D models or documentation required to improve Maintenance Manuals.

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • Associate Degree in 2D and 3D drafting in an engineering or architecture discipline
  • Working knowledge of ASME Y-14/ANSI Y-14 including tolerancing, welding and machining symbols.
  • MS Word, Excel experience
  • Ability to speak and write effectively, including preparation of reports, manuals.
  • Ability to cooperate with and obtain the support of others.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, Solidworks and/or EPLAN. (Training will be provided.)
  • Knowledge of ANSI Y32.2/IEEE Std 315 and/or IEC 60617 graphical symbols for electronic diagrams.
  • Previous experience of working on an engineering construction site and/or multidisciplinary engineering environment.
  • Use of modern metrology equipment e.g. Laser Tracker, Total Station, CMM arms and associated software.

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: 17-0119LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to

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