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This Electronics Technician position is full-time, benefit-based, at the Palomar Observatory located in north San Diego County, California. Under the direct supervision of the observatory Electronics Group supervisor, the Electronics Technician will work alone or with other members of the observatory crew to set up, test and when necessary, troubleshoot and repair electronic systems. Duties include, but are not limited to: instrument installs, setups, and removals. Additional job duties include troubleshooting and repairing complex electronics systems (computers, scientific instrumentation, and other observatory systems).
Position works with other group members to organize daily/weekly/monthly activities. The individual in this position must communicate effectively with the observatory's management, staff, and scientific customer base. Work schedule to be flexible and include weekend/holiday work.
Install, set up, and verify instruments on telescopes. Ensure instruments are installed correctly and on time for handoff to the night support staff.
Perform engineering tasks at the direction of the Electrical Engineers and/or Observatory Electrician, including wiring, soldering, and troubleshooting electrical components.
Given inputs from the existing telescope schedules, customers, and management, help plan, document, monitor, and report the status of activities and projects, including instrument setups and tasks.
Perform cryogenic maintenance, such as cryogen transfer and vacuum insulation maintenance using turbopumps on scientific instrumentation. Ensure dewar fills and outgassing rates are logged daily and retained in an online format for trend analysis.
Fabricate and repair both copper-based and fiber optic cable.
Review and update electronic technician procedure, inventory, and logging documents.
Participate in the troubleshooting of all the electronic systems located at the observatory, including complex computer, network, and electrical systems.
Other duties as assigned.
3-5 years of electronic technician experience.
Working knowledge of analog and digital electronics and electrical systems.
Basic computer skills, including hardware maintenance.
Understands how to read schematic diagrams.
Skilled in electronic construction techniques for cabling, wiring, and replacement of components.
Skilled in the safe and efficient use of hand and power tools such as drill press, saws, and hole punches.
Can demonstrate the ability to use electronic test instrumentation such as oscilloscopes, DVM, and logic analyzers.
Able to safely work in elevated or confined spaces.
Able to work at site elevation of 6000 feet.
Successful completion of background check and physical exam.
5-10 years of electronic technician experience.
Skilled in the use of vacuum systems and safe cryogenic procedures.
Copper, fiber, and wireless network setup and maintenance experience.
Computer literate and knows how to use schematic capture software Observatory electronics experience.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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