Telescope Mechanic I (4394)
The Engineering Services Division of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory has an opportunity for a full-time Telescope Mechanic at the Very Large Array (VLA). Under direct supervision, the Telescope Mehanic provides routine maintenance service to scientific investigations through the construction, installation, test, repair and maintenance of a radio telescope and associated equipment used to collect radio astronomical data for a variety of observers. This is a Safety Sensitive position.
The position is based at the VLA site, 50 miles west of Socorro, NM. Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque and is home to New Mexico Tech (www.nmt.edu). 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. VLA based staff work a compressed work schedule (four 10-hour workdays). The NRAO provides transportation for staff to and from the VLA at no cost to staff.
Job Duties Summary
- Responds to routine maintenance, installation, testing, calibration, repair, and troubleshooting of mechanical, electrical, and limited electronic components issues on all telescopes and related equipment.
- Provides limited assistance, as qualified, in the operation and testing of telescope and operating equipment, when required.
- Assists in the functional evaluation of newly installed equipment to evaluate system performance under actual operating conditions.
- May assist Telescope Operators with receiver/equipment changes.
- Assists in taking and maintaining inventory of parts.
- Maintains records of maintenance activities, uses PC as required.
- Assists with indoor/outdoor painting, when required.
- Maintains tools and equipment in safe operating condition.
- Assists other maintenance and support personnel as assigned.
- Uses hand and power tools; works from verbal or written instructions, sketches and prints
- Proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
- Other duties may be assigned.
A minimum of a High School diploma or general education degree (GED).
Two years related experience; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Some welding; industrial spray painting.
Must hold and maintain a valid NM Driver's license (Class A CDL preferred).
Strong verbal communication skills are necessary for effective consultations with coworkers and the ability to participate effectively as a member of a team. Must be able to use the NRAO online time reporting and requisition system. Ability to read and interpret documents such as schematics, blueprints, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. A working knowledge of machine shop, welding, and electrical techniques and procedures.
The ability to climb antenna stairs and ladders to heights of above 100 feet, lift equipment up to 50 pounds (unassisted) is essential. Must possess visual acuity (corrected is acceptable) and manual dexterity to be able to perform work on small pieces or areas of work material, and hearing acuity in order to perform work safely with instructions and guidance being given over hand-held radios and/or during operations of loud machinery. Work is performed outdoors, at heights and near moving machinery.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both outdoors on buildings and indoors in a shop. The employee works in high places, outside in all weather conditions, near moving mechanical parts and electrical equipment. Must be able to work in a high noise area with PPE’s.
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.
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The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.