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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312640

Directorate: National Security

Division: Operational Systems & Tech Div

Group: Advanced Engineered Systems

Job Description

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Do you want to make a difference and impact national security?

Come and work for a billion-dollar international research institution. Our collaborative environment and commitment to work/life balance makes Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself and make a difference. We offer excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, and flexible work schedules.

We are a group of passionate makers who have a long history of building and deploying embedded sensor systems for a wide variety of sponsors and applications. We are 50+ electronics engineers, software engineers, mechanical engineers, physicists, etc.; all sharing the DNA and desire to deploy solutions for our sponsors that help the mission of national security.

We are looking for that unique person who loves building things, the people who build them, and has a desire to connect our technology to the people who need our help: those on the front lines protecting and serving our country.

The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team focused on design, fabrication, and evaluation of electronic systems for a variety of national security missions.


  • Prototype electronics fabrication and test

  • Custom cable design fabrication and test

  • 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 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

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

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.

Level V : Provides imaginative, thorough, and practical solutions to a wide range of problems. Responsible for technical mentoring and provides critical input to supervisors for reviews. Develops specifications for project implementation and verifies that the final product meets expectations and requirements. Contributions are of sufficient value and scope to have significant impact on project or group goals. Leads technical tasks and sub-tasks to requirements of project/task leader.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High school diploma and 8+ years of relevant work experience or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant Associate’s degree and 6+ years of relevant work experience or relevant Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of relevant work experience

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

  • Experience with RF design and board layout methods, and with RF electronics test and troubleshooting

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to 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: Advanced Engineered Systems

Opening Date: 2021-09-02

Closing Date: 2021-09-27