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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Electronics Technician and PCB Designer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311388

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Sciences & Technology

Group: Disruptive Technology

Job Description

The Disruptive Technology group focuses on emerging technologies by integrating capability across electromagnetics, systems modeling, communications, analytics development, and systems design to serve as a flywheel for feeding technology advancements across the division and laboratory. Projects within the group range from mission focused, highly applied projects in support of national security to fundamental science projects.

The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team focused on design, fabrication, and evaluation of new high-performance radar imaging systems and/or wireless digital communication systems.


  • Prototype electronics fabrication and test

  • Custom cable design fabrication and test

  • Design and layout of multi-layer PCB's for embedded systems, FPGA's, and RF circuits

  • Work with engineers on requirements and manufacturing

  • Perform detailed error checks, post processing, and generate Gerber files to facilitate successful board manufacturing

  • Work with PCB vendors during DFM checks, PCB fabrication, component population and assembly

  • Work with engineers and other support staff to review design concepts and provide feedback for ease of assembly

  • Work with design team to review, edit and make recommendations on work instructions for assembly tasks

The ideal candidate is a well-organized, self-starter, with a high capacity for attention to detail. Verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong time management skills, are essential in order to balance activities among several concurrently operating projects.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience, and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level III : Selects, adapts, applies, and prepares new procedures and methods. Explores alternate courses of action or methods to accomplish tasks. Follows requirements, specifications, or procedures developed for tasks. Work is usually limited to a well-defined area of a project or specific assignment. Provides process leadership as part of project task activity.

Level IV : Identifies and leads efforts to develop new procedures and methods for complex, non-routine processes. Critically analyzes design requirements, experimental plans, standard processes, etc., and proposes appropriate alternatives. Contributions are of sufficient value to have some impact on the outcome of entire project or group. Provides task leadership on project activities.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma and 4+ years of relevant work experience or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant Associate’s degree and 2+ years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The candidate will be assisting with multiple projects, supporting design, assembly and operational testing. The significant expectations for this position include :

  • Following written and verbal instructions in independently completing tasks assigned by senior staff.

  • Documenting work in laboratory notebooks.

  • Specifying materials for purchase and submitting related orders.

  • Accurately estimating time required to complete tasks, and meet deadlines as assigned.

  • Participating constructively and taking ownership in the success of interdisciplinary project teams.

  • High school diploma and 6+ years of relevant work experience or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant Associate’s degree and 4+ years of relevant work experience.

  • Experience with Altium Designer and converting from various design software packages

  • Ability to quickly learn and utilize new CAD tools

  • Ability to create and correct schematics with design engineering input

  • Experience or training in PCB manufacturing

  • Experience with creating symbols and library parts using library tools

  • Electronic circuit level design (analog and digital)

  • Electronic systems test and evaluation experience

  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend detailed written and verbal instructions, assembly instructions, test procedures, schematics and other engineering documentation

  • Ability to use multi-meters, signal generators, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers to test and troubleshoot electronic hardware

  • AS/BS or equivalent in electrical/electronic engineering

  • Training or experience in electronics fabrication and test

  • Training or experience in digital and analog PCB layout

  • Ability to read and interpret electronic schematics

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Disruptive Technology

Opening Date: 2020-11-20

Closing Date: 2021-02-18