Support Technician - Material Kitting

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Support Technician-Material Kitting.

Job Summary: The Advanced Mechanical Manufacturing Facility is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual with excellent organization skills to manage all incoming materials and hardware throughout the Advanced Mechanical Fabrication Facility. Responsibilities include unloading trucks using forklifts, unpack and organize material and perform verification on the received material documentation. Identify and deliver material, hardware to designated work areas in support of R&D programs and in accordance with APL quality initiatives.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Responsible for kitting material and associated hardware to the work order traveler including identifying all kitted items and delivering productions kits to designated work cell. (25%)

2. Maintain, label, and organize all material and hardware inventory throughout the Mechanical Fabrication Facility along with general housekeeping duties. (25%)

3. Unload delivery trucks utilizing forklifts, unpack and organize delivered material and hardware in preparation for job routing. (25%)

4. Confirm material received is correct and meets all specifications requested, document and report inconsistencies. (10%)

5. Pick up and deliver material and hardware from shipping/receiving as required. (5%)

6. On occasion, drive APL van to outsource vendors to make deliveries or retrieve hardware needing outside processing. (5%)

7. Prepare raw material for production kits by cutting material using band saws. (5%)

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:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum 1 year experience in a warehouse or manufacturing environment utilizing forklifts and other loading and unloading support equipment.
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Positive interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team-oriented atmosphere.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and ability to process work with following verbal instructions.
  • Ability to lift 70 pounds.
  • Ability to use computers and have experience with Microsoft office suite.
  • Ability to learn band saws, manual mills, and other power equipment safely.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with good driving record.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience organizing and tracking raw materials and hardware
  • Experience identifying material requirements from mechanical manufacturing drawings
  • Ability to learn inventory control computer systems
  • Ability to safely and reliably handle fragile irreplaceable items
  • Experience with Heli Coil and other mechanical hardware insertion techniques

Special Working Conditions: This is a one year term position that requires overtime meeting critical schedules. Working in closed areas may be necessary to support classified projects.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. 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

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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