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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Engineering Development Technician IV in Pasadena, California

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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

As the Environmental Development Technician , you will be working for JPL's Mechanical Fabrication and Test Section , which maintains technical support facilities and resources that provide the services required to fabricate, assemble, and test electro-mechanical, developmental and flight hardware. This Section develops and matures equipment and technologies, which enable and enhance our fabrication and environmental test capability for current and future missions.

The specific duties for this requisition include the following:

  • Train to operate small thermal vacuum and thermal ambient pressure chambers as a setup and operations technician. Will learn about thermal systems powered by pumps that flow liquid nitrogen and nitrogen gas to change processing temperatures.

  • Train as operator for 25ft space simulator and operate small environmental chambers controlled with digital and PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and or PID (Proportional Integral Differential) control with failsafe electronics.

  • Responsible for flight hardware test setup in a thermal vacuum chamber, working with hardware engineers, quality assurance, contamination control, and thermal engineering following written detailed procedures to complete a successful test; log data, respond to last minute changes or augmentation to the procedure and work in a close environment with peers.

  • Ensure the process, product, and environment comply with Laboratory protocols, government regulations, and professional standards.

  • Maintain lab to meet JPL safety standards for chemical, welding, soldering, and other safety processes and practices.

Required Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a High School diploma with 10 years of related experience; related and required training; Associates with 6 years of related experience; Bachelors with 3 years of related experience; Related required training.

  • Experience with thermal vacuum test chambers, their operation and maintenance.

  • Ability to understand and work from standard engineering drawings, schematics, detailed procedures, and established processes.

  • Ability to log data in multiple types of media (MS Excel, MS Word, and paper).

  • Must have general understanding, and experience in the following areas: use basic hand tools including sockets, wrenches, taps, dies, soldering iron, and knowledge of different types of fasteners use on machinery and equipment.

  • Familiarity with desktop computers and MS Office programs to perform basic operations such as: web searches in support of procurement of parts and services, email, record keeping, and web based timekeeping systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, interfacing with peers, leads, engineering, section or project management.

  • Ability to work in a cleanroom environment with the appropriate gloves, hat, booties, and smock in support of flight hardware testing.

  • Required to be available to work day and/or night shifts, overtime, weekends, and/or holidays, as needed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Associates degree or trade school certificate in a technology.

  • Certification in HVAC systems repair and troubleshooting.

  • Experience with the use of LN2, GN2, pressure systems, leak detectors on a vacuum system, and the design, assembly, and fabrication of pressure systems.

  • Experience with handling and plumbing of cryogenic liquids and delivery systems.

  • Experience with the operation and setup of Programmable Logic Control (PLC) type systems.

  • Experience with fall protection and restraints, lockout / tagout (LOTO) procedures, personnel protective equipment, and training for other types of operations related to testing.

  • Knowledge of electro-static discharge (ESD) hazards and awareness, foreign object debris (FOD) management, cleanroom protocols and practices, and handling of critical high dollar flight hardware and equipment. The use of overhead cranes for lifting and handling of critical hardware.

JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee’s start date.

For further benefits information click Benefits and Perks (https://www.jpl.jobs/benefits-perks)

The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.

The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.

$87,672 - $107,744

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here. (https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/designated_country_list_8-16-2019_tagged_0.pdf)