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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Electronics Technician in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311681

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Science & 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.


  • Fabrication and testing of prototype electronics

  • Design, fabrication, and testing of custom cabling

  • System assembly, hardware integration, and testing

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

  • Monitor inventories and purchase various electronic components, lab equipment, and supplies

  • Shipping and receiving logistics

  • Generate electrical schematics and wiring diagrams using Altium Designer software

  • Assist senior technicians and engineers with design and layout of multi-layer PCB's for embedded systems, FPGA's, and RF circuits

  • 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

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 or training in PCB manufacturing

  • Ability to create and correct schematics with design engineering input

  • Electronic systems test and evaluation experience

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

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

  • Electronic circuit-level design (analog and digital)

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

  • Ability to quickly learn and utilize new CAD tools

  • Experience with creating symbols and library parts using library tools

  • Experience with standard shop machinery (drill press, milling machine, bandsaw, etc.)

  • Training or experience in electronics fabrication and testing

  • Familiarity with manual and/or automated soldering practices

  • Proficiency with basic power and hand tools

  • Ability to read and interpret electrical schematics and/or mechanical fabrication drawings

  • Basic computer skills

  • Experience with truck-and-trailer towing

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: Disruptive Technology

Opening Date: 2021-02-17

Closing Date: 2021-05-18