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Space Systems Test Technician

Centennial, Colorado
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Date posted 10/21/2020 Job ID 30018BR Company General Atomics Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years) Job Title Space Systems Test Technician City Centennial State Colorado Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Hourly

Job Summary General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Space Systems Test Technician to join our team located in Centennial, Colorado.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • The Space Systems Test Technician has a broad knowledge base spanning from advanced electronics and test instrumentation to mechanical assembly.
  • Build and maintains supporting equipment necessary for the operation and testing of PWA’s and sub-assemblies.
  • Operates equipment to perform tests and capable of troubleshooting and repair of systems by utilizing power supplies, digital volt meters, chart recorders and oscilloscopes as necessary.
  • Assist Space System Test Engineers with the execution and validation of test procedures of PWA’s and or sub-assemblies. Documenting results in a clear precise and complete manner.
  • Utilize development boards and/or breadboards to prove out circuit designs.
  • Soldering skills and high quality workmanship. Must be able to rework fine-pitch surface mount components.
  • Responsible for some preventative maintenance activities on test equipment and data acquisition systems.
  • Maintains systems; implements modifications and engineering changes as necessary.
  • Identifies operation or equipment problems and reports deficiencies.
  • Provides and trains lower level technicians in work area.
  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations, and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
  • May travel to support other company sites as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required for the purpose of ensuring and effective and efficient work environment.
We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
Job Qualifications
  • Typically requires associate's degree or equivalent with seven or more years of experience. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.
  • Experience in space, aviation, military or other high-reliability operating environments is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with the creation and interpretation of electronic schematics, bills of material, test procedures, PCB design documentation, etc.
  • The ideal candidate should have demonstrated experience and strong electrical background in the testing of PWA’s and Sub-assemblies of satellite or other space systems.
  • Knowledge of pressure, thermal vacuum temperature and flow measurement devices, mechanical and electrical
  • Understands spacecraft and flight hardware handling including ESD and clean room requirements.
  • Must possess the ability to grasp new concepts quickly and work with general supervision; the ability to read and interpret sketches, schematics, blueprints, drawings and other engineering documentation; the ability to use basic laboratory equipment; the ability to identify problems, and collect and analyze data; good analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately document, report, and assess situations; and good knowledge of computer operations and applications pertinent to the field.
  • IPC620 and J-standard-001 (with space addendum) certification is preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours as required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD security clearance is required.
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Typically requires an associate's degree in a related technical field and six or more years of spacecraft integration in a clean room environment. Equivalent professional experience and/or trade school certification may be substituted in lieu of education.
  • Experience in space, aviation, military or other high-reliability operating environments is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with the creation and interpretation of electronic schematics, bills of material, test procedures, PCB design documentation, etc.
  • The ideal candidate should have demonstrated experience and strong electrical background in the testing of PWA’s and Sub-assemblies of satellite or other space systems.
  • Knowledge of pressure, thermal vacuum temperature and flow measurement devices, mechanical and electrical
  • Understands spacecraft and flight hardware handling including ESD and clean room requirements.
  • Must possess the ability to grasp new concepts quickly and work with general supervision; the ability to read and interpret sketches, schematics, blueprints, drawings and other engineering documentation; the ability to use basic laboratory equipment; the ability to identify problems, and collect and analyze data; good analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately document, report, and assess situations; and good knowledge of computer operations and applications pertinent to the field.
  • IPC620 and J-standard-001 (with space addendum) certification is preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours as required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD security clearance is required.
  • US Citizenship is required.
Travel Percentage Required None US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? No Apply Now
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