Entry-Level Engineering Technician

Job Summary: Support the Space Exploration Sector's RF Engineering Group design and test activities. This includes prototype and flight hardware test, and development. and laboratory support (calibration and property). Support end-to-end board- and box-level development tasks, including board design and layout, fabrication (electrical, PCB, mechanical fabrication (milling), assembly, and test. Design and conduct system-level tests and develop software for test automation. Work with RF/microwave equipment (spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, power meters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, amplifiers, satellite receivers) to test and troubleshoot RF/microwave hardware.


  • Conduct electrical performance tests on components and assemblies
  • RF laboratory support for calibration and property
  • Develop programs for test automation
  • Fabricate and assemble prototype electrical and mechanical hardware and ground support equipment

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate's Degree in Electronics or closely relevant field, or HS graduate plus equivalent experience.
  • 0 - 5 years experience, or equivalent, as an Engineering Tech/Assistant in RF-related tasks, including experience in RF/microwave development, test, and troubleshooting of components (filters, amplifiers, oscillators, etc.) and assemblies (receivers, transmitters).
  • Self-starter, motivated, and have strong interest in Space work.
  • Capability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Excellent communications skills.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional lifting of heavy objects (50 lbs). Infrequent travel to off-site work locations.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information at the SECRET level. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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