Mechanical Engineer II-III (4706)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Socorro, New Mexico


Description

Position Description:

 

Position Summary

In anticipation of an award for additional project work, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking to hire a Mechanical Engineer to work with engineers and other technical staff on the design and documentation of electronic and mechanical assemblies for existing arrays (VLA and VLBA) and the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA). The majority of the work will be the creation of technical drawings and experience with module and packaging assembly drawing work is desirable.

 

The NRAO is committed to maintaining its existing observatories while developing new technology to enable further research in radio astronomy. This system maintenance and development occurs in a collaborative environment involving technicians, hardware and software engineers, and scientists. By joining NRAO, an employee has a direct contribution to expanding the observatory’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment used by scientists around the world. An example of this is planning effort underway for the creation of the ngVLA, which will greatly increase the astronomical capabilities of the world.

 

This position is based in Socorro, New Mexico at the Domenici Science Operations Center. The NRAO Science Operations Center is located in NM, on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (www.nmt.edu). Socorro is a small, historical city in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque.

 

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

The successful candidate will work both independently and within a dynamic team environment to support ongoing conceptual design development for the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA). Work related to other areas may be assigned, such as development work on systems for the Very Large Array and Very Long Baseline Array.

 

General Operations Duties:

  • Work with engineering staff on design development
  • Generate Autodesk CAD drawings and bills of material.
  • Create detailed piece part drawings that meet engineering and documentation standards.

 

The position will aid in the design, modeling, and documentations effort for the following areas:

 

  • Front End receiver dewars and hardware,
  • Antenna Electronics racks, bins, and metalwork,
  • Cryogenic compressors, refrigerators, and plumbing,
  • Control Systems/glycol loop
  • Interface diagrams for all Interface Control Documents,
  • Electronic assemblies

 

Furthermore, drafting and technical documentation support will be required to support the development of concepts, block diagrams, and presentation materials for internal reviews and external conferences.

 

Other duties may be assigned.

 

Competency Summary

The successful candidate will have skills and demonstrated competencies in the following areas:

  • A strong foundation in mechanical engineering.
  • Experience working with Autodesk Inventor for the creation of 3D mechanical design and documentation.
  • Good general documentation and communication skills.

 

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.

 

Work Environment

Work is typically performed in a laboratory environment, but the successful candidate may occasionally be required to work outdoors or on antennas.  The successful candidate may be required to travel domestically and internationally by air carrier and to travel by car between NRAO sites.

 

 

Position Requirements:

 

Minimum Education

A Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

 

Preferred Education

A Masters of Mechanical Engineering.

 

Minimum Experience

One or more years of experience as a mechanical engineer in the technical areas described above.

 

Preferred Experience

Three or more years of directly related experience.

 

Competency Summary

The successful candidate will have skills and demonstrated competencies in the following areas:

  • A strong foundation in mechanical engineering.
  • Experience working with Autodesk Inventor for the creation of 3D mechanical design and documentation.
  • Good general documentation and communication skills.

 

Physical Demands

Most work is typically performed on a computer at a desk or at a lab bench for extended periods but may include field work on radio astronomy telescopes. The engineer will occasionally be required to squat, kneel, or crawl to measure or observe items.

 

Additional Requirements

Must possess a valid driver's license as the engineer may be required to drive Observatory vehicles. An applicant must pass any applicable knowledge/skills assessments. 

 

Application Instructions:

 

Click “Apply” 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 http://jobs.jobvite.com/nrao/jobs.  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)