Servo/Fiber Technician I-IV (4651) - UPDATED

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

NRAO is seeking a qualified individual to support operations, maintenance, and fabrication work on antenna motion control and fiber optic hardware. This position is responsible for repairs, maintenance, and upgrades to the Very Large Array and Very Long Baseline Array Servo and Fiber Optic systems. This includes bench work and working on the 25-meter antennas and support equipment. Work performed is often considered independent. The final position and job grade will be determined based on the candidate’s education and experience. This is a “Safety Sensitive” position.


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

Under immediate to minimum supervision from engineers and technical staff, the position supports or performs kitting, assembly, testing, troubleshooting, and training for Antenna Control Units (ACUs), data and communications equipment, servo systems, motors, on-antenna weather stations and other equipment. The candidate must be willing to respond to emergency call-outs during inclement weather, late night and or early morning hours. Other duties may be assigned.


The Technician position:

  • Assembles prototype or production equipment.
  • Conducts functional testing of assembled equipment.
  • Troubleshoots and corrects issues found during functional testing of equipment.
  • Performs bench repairs to non-functioning circuit boards and equipment.
  • Uses standard electronic test equipment, such as digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, and power supplies, for assembly and inspection, adjustment, and/or replacement of defective system components.
  • Uses hand tools and soldering stations for mechanical assembly and repair work.
  • Locates and orders parts and equipment.
  • Follows project schedules set by supervisor.
  • Demonstrates proactive compliance with all NRAO policies and procedures.
  • May have other duties as assigned.




Competency Summary

Must have the ability to work independently and reliably with some supervision. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Must be able to operate a personal computer.  Must have the ability to work effectively in a team and clearly communicate technical information both in writing and orally. Ability to communicate in English is required. Must have a valid driver’s license.


Work Environment

Work typically takes place in an electronics shop; employees are also required to work outdoors in inclement weather and at heights when accessing an antenna. Candidate must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and work at heights of 150 feet. Candidate must be able to work at bench either sitting or standing for sustained periods. Visual acuity (corrected is acceptable) and manual dexterity is necessary to perform work. Work is done at the VLA site, which is approximately 7,000’ in elevation. 


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

High school diploma or GED


Minimum Experience

No prior experience is required.


Preferred Education

An Associate Degree in Engineering Technology or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.


Physical Requirements

Occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, and crouch. May occasionally work at high altitudes; and in high, precarious places and in outside weather conditions, and may be exposed to chemicals, or the risk of electrical shock.  Will be required to stand and sit; perform fine hand manipulation. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception. Must have the visual acuity, color perception, manual dexterity, hearing, and physical ability to perform satisfactorily all essential duties and responsibilities.


Additional Requirements

The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 to access our facilities.  An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination.  A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.


Skills and Abilities

Must possess a valid driver's license. Good vision is required, may be correctable. Must pass any applicable knowledge/skills tests including soldering small components using a microscope and ability to work with fiber optics.


Safety Sensitive

The selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen.  Failure to pass the Screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration for a period of six months from the date of the results.


Application Instructions:


Click the “Apply” button below.  You will need to be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  To view our complete statement, please visit  If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected]. PM20


The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)