Engineering Technician III/IV - Electronic Fabrication - NWS 00110

United States


Job Description

North Wind Services, is actively seeking individuals who can contribute to national security within the science, technology, and engineering fields as part of our supplemental labor team at vital federal research and development installations supporting the Department of Energy. NWS has an established history of contributing to the success of their customers mission. Available employment opportunities may range from administrative and logistical support to advanced technical positions.

Qualified applicants must be a US citizen, at least 18 years of age, and able to meet pre-employment requirements including any required physicals, drug screen, and/or background investigation to satisfy clearance requirements from the Department of Energy.

Successful candidates will be employees of NWS, a premier government contractor charged with employing highly-motivated and well-qualified personnel who can advance the missions of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA. Though employed by NWS, the employee will take day-to-day direction from technical personnel employed directly by the research laboratories. Pay, benefits, Human Resource, and Employment Management functions are provided by NWS.

This position is supporting the National Ignition Facility (NIF) which is the world’s largest and most energetic laser facility ever built. NIF is also the most precise and reproducible laser as well as the largest optical instrument. The giant laser has nearly 40,000 optics, which precisely guide, reflect, amplify, and focus 192 laser beams onto a fusion target about the size of a pencil eraser.

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) has an opening for Electronics Technician to provide electrical/ electronic fabrication, assembly, test, installation, activation and maintenance support for NIF’s diagnostic, instrumentation, control and safety systems. Other responsibilities may involve testing, characterization and documentation support. Interactions will be with project leaders, experimentalists, engineers, technical supervisors, technicians, and designers.

Due to the vast and varying types of experiments, NIF is a 24/7 operational facility. These positions may require the successful candidates to have the flexibility to work overtime, shift and or weekends to accomplish goals. These positions may also require working alternate schedules such as 4/10’s or 12-hour shifts. The successful candidates will be required to pass various on-site training modules to pursue work assignments.

Essential Duties

‐ Provide electronic support, fabrication, test, documentation, and maintenance for NIF Control Systems’ hardware including but not limited to cables (e.g. coaxial, fiber optics, power, multi‐conductor), connectors (e.g., BNC, MS, D), electrical and electronics components, chassis, printed wiring boards, electro‐mechanical hardware.

‐ Work with engineers and technicians to install, maintain and commission electronic instrumentation and equipment, providing feedback on inconsistencies or gaps in documentation.

‐ Utilize industry standard techniques to control ESD around susceptible components.

‐ Use standard fabrication tools (e.g., soldering iron, crimping tool, mechanical hand tools & power tools, drill press, power saws, Rotex punch, shears) in the fabrication and repair of electrical/electronic hardware.

‐ Perform equipment tests and collect data.

‐ Read, interpret and follow one‐line electrical diagrams, cable plant documentation and schematics.

‐ Read, interpret and follow specific layout and assembly diagrams to construct and package electromechanical units.

‐ Assure all assignments are performed in accordance with Environmental, Safety, and Health policies and procedures.

At level IV

‐ Work with engineers and technicians to install, modify, test, maintain and commission electronic instrumentation and equipment, providing feedback on inconsistencies or gaps in documentation.

- Perform equipment tests and document test results.

Marginal Duties

‐ May be required to work shift work and/or overtime.

‐ Fabricate mechanical parts using machine tools.

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

- High school diploma or equivalent (GED) with 2+ years of relevant experience or currently attending college or trade school with the goal of obtaining an Electronics degree or related field.

‐ Fabrication skills related to electrical and electronic hardware including but not limited wiring, cable, fiber optic and connector assembly, and chassis assembly.

- An understanding of the use of standard fabrication tools (e.g., soldering iron, crimping tool, drill press, power saws, Rotex punch, shears) in the fabrication and repair of electrical/electronic hardware.

‐ An understanding of working safely in and around electrical and electronic hardware.

‐ Basic understanding of electrical and electronic hardware including basic measurements (voltage and resistance), solid‐state devices, motors, computer interfaces.

‐ Basic understanding of electrical theory (concepts of voltage and current, power and energy, AC and DC systems).

‐ Experience interpreting electrical schematics and diagrams.

‐ Experience implementing hardware solutions for customers’ requirements.

‐ Experience integrating, testing, and troubleshooting electrical system hardware.

‐ Demonstrated ability to work on a variety of concurrent activities under tight time constraints.

‐ Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a dynamically paced team environment with multidiscipline personnel, while being detailed‐oriented and adhering to established work procedures.

‐ Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact at all levels of management, technical, and administrative personnel.

‐ A flexible work schedule is required including the ability to work overtime, shifts, alternate schedules such as 4/10’s, or 12-hour shifts, and or weekends to accomplish goals.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

- AA/AS in Electronics.

- Demonstrated understanding of in board layout and fabrication, component level debugging, assembling.

- Experience with personal computers, micro-controller, PLCs.

- Ability to work in and on large electrical/electronic systems.

- Ability to work with electronic and computer-based instrumentation, data acquisition, control and feedback systems, interlock systems, and mechanical hardware.

- Experience making independent, functional decisions regarding a variety of technical problems.

- Knowledge with system requirements, design documents, configuration control, and preparation and implementation of test plans and user documentation.

- Experience with distributed computer control systems.

- Knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) to ensure equipment and personnel safety.

- Operating knowledge of servo and stepper motors.

- Knowledge of electrical diagnostic instrumentation used in a laboratory (hand-held meters, oscilloscopes and probes, TDRs, etc.)

Special Requirements

Pre-Placement Medical Exam: A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-employment drug test:
External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level: Q (position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.

North Wind offers a competitive pay and benefits package to include health, life, and disability insurance benefits, 401(k) with company match, generous paid leave, and tuition reimbursement for eligible employees. As a company, we are committed to employee wellness, professional development, and work-life balance. We value safety, reliability, and commitment to our people! For more information about our benefits or hiring philosophy, visit the North Wind Career Opportunities Page.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The nature of those accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact our Helpline 1-208-528-8714 for assistance.

North Wind is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, religion or other legally protected status. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


United States