Vibration Technician

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 an Vibration Technician.

Job Summary: Environmental test laboratory technician responsible for the coordination, setup, conduct and reporting of vibration, shock, static load and mass properties testing. Responsibilities include operation of computerized control system, instrumentation installation, and collection and reduction of test data as well as facility maintenance and upgrade.


  1. Setup, coordination, and conduct of mechanical and dynamic environmental testing efforts. Operating specialized control and data acquisition equipment related to vibration, shock, static load and mass properties testing.

  2. Maintenance of test equipment in the Vibration Test Facility. Troubleshooting and calibration of equipment. Provide support in the development and implementation of facility upgrades. Equipment includes electro-dynamic shakers, solid state power amplifiers, instrumentation and signal conditioning.

  3. Revising and updating procedures. Implementation of Standard Operating Procedures, safety plans and check lists.

  4. Preparation of test documentation such as logs, checklists, data files and test reports.

  5. Support of Space Simulation Laboratory (SSL) operations on an as-needed basis which may include round-the-clock shift coverage.

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, must have a good understanding and knowledge of technical/engineering practices with an ability to interpret specifications and drawings.
  • Demonstrated high levels of proficiency in instrumentation and data analysis techniques.
  • 3 years experience working in a test laboratory conducting vibration, shock, and mechanical testing.
  • Experience in using computerized control systems, electronic measuring equipment, test instrumentation or data acquisition systems.
  • Ability to work overtime and shift coverage in support of thermal vacuum testing, as needed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Associate Degree in engineering or knowledge of engineering theory as it relates to vibration, shock and mechanical testing and applications.
  • Ability to interpret test requirements, standards and specifications.
  • 5-7 years work experience in test laboratory conducting vibration and/or thermal/vacuum testing.
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with the operation and maintenance of computerized control and data acquisition systems, as well as Ling and Unholtz -Dickie vibration exciters and amplifiers.

Special Working Conditions: Able to lift heavy equipment and test items. Individual must be capable of working in multilevel buildings and test facilities. Able to work overtime, weekend and shift work for test coverage, sometimes on short notice, as needed.

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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