Electrical-Electronics Technician

Electrical/Electronics Technician
(emphasis in aerospace)

Ad Astra Rocket Company
141 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster TX 77598

Ad Astra Rocket Company is looking for a full-time Electrical/Electronics Technician for its Webster, TX location. Candidates must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents and have demonstrated ability to work as a member of a diverse and multidisciplinary team. The position requires organization, attention to detail, motivation, and the ability to perform a diverse set of tasks with diligence, efficiency and enthusiasm. The R&D nature of Ad Astra’s operation calls for a great deal of creativity and flexibility in solving technical problems. Collaboration and teamwork are essential attributes in the small research team environment with a collective approach to problem-solving.

Qualified applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Technical school diploma or equivalent
  • More than three years of experience, preferably working with high-voltage components and radio frequency (RF) power equipment
  • Thorough familiarity with circuit design, fabrication, assembly and test
  • Analog circuits understanding
  • Skilled in soldering electronic components
  • Thorough familiarity with implementation of best practices in aerospace grounding and shielding of wire harnesses etc.
  • Schematic capture software experience
  • Hands-on experience with hand tools
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Candidate must be a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • Must provide 2 references from previous employers.
  • Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail and Google calendar

 

Additional desired skills:

  • Digital and/or FPGA experience
  • Printed circuit board (PCB) layout
  • Familiarity with general laboratory electronic tools and methods
  • Experience with vacuum systems and the space environment
  • General familiarity with PCB assembly design tools, methods, quality standards and relevant documentation
  • Troubleshoot and debug hardware and software
  • Integrate measuring instruments such as sensors and displays into instrumentation control systems
  • Able to read and create new schematics for electrical systems and maintain old schematics using various software programs

 

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. (i.e. instruments, books, equipment, small devices, and supplies)
  • Ability to stand or be seated for long periods of time
  • Stooping, reaching, climbing and working on a ladder and bending may be periodically required

 

Personal Qualifications

Qualified applicants must be professional and positive and possess a can-do attitude. They must be self-motivated, self-directed, self-organized, ready to be of service and have the ability to take initiative in a less structured work environment. At the same time the individual must be able to adapt to last minute changes and/or complex situations and must be have excellent attention to detail and be able to work well with a team in a high-stress and fast-paced environment.

Key Responsibilities

The applicant will be required to install, maintain, tune and test high power laboratory radio frequency (RF) equipment. Under supervision from a lead engineer or research scientist, he or she will need to build specialized components and accomplish supervised repairs of equipment and laboratory systems. He or she will be required to support the integration of elements of the company’s high-power RF systems and participate in their fabrication and test. The incumbent will be required to become familiar and support all laboratory equipment and instrumentation operations and contribute to the development of high power (> 10 kW) radio frequency driven plasma devices for the space environment.

General Aspects of the Position

The applicant will be expected to help in the implementation of solutions to the company’s innovative research and development efforts on high-power RF-driven plasma rockets and associated technologies, including: arc protection methods, support the installation and test of new or modified RF matching circuits and learn to work with state-of-the-art solid-state RF hardware. He or she will be expected to work closely with elements of a design team. The work environment will be highly integrated and cross-disciplinary, calling for coordinated work with other team members developing electrical, mechanical and software modules as well as project managers, suppliers and contract manufacturers.

The team, however, is very informal, family-like and collegial in its interactions. We thrive on mutual respect and professionalism. We are passionate about our mission and believe deeply in the value of our work and the technology we are creating.

Credentials & Experience

Minimum educational requirements are a technical school diploma or equivalent and familiarity with processes and systems related to product lifecycle and product development, spaceflight and/or aircraft hardware experience, including grounding/bonding and EMI/EMC are highly desirable. In addition, the R&D activities of the company require for all personnel to be familiar and compliant with the requirements of the US International Trade in Arms Regulation (ITAR).

About Ad Astra

Ad Astra Rocket Company (Ad Astra) is a small US R&D company dedicated to the development of advanced plasma rocket technology for in-space transportation. The company headquarters and main laboratory are located in the city of Webster, TX, about 25 miles south of downtown Houston. Ad Astra also owns and operates a small subsidiary, located in northwestern Costa Rica and primarily focused on developing and implementing clean energy solutions for both, stationary and mobile applications.

If interested, please contact: aarcjobs@adastrarocket.com or 281-526-0550.

 

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