Electromechanical, Technical Specialist I-III (4633)

Crafts / Trades Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces an opportunity for an Electromechanical Technical Specialist with our Engineering Services team at the Very Large Array (VLA).  The Specialist troubleshoots, repairs, and modifies electronic and mechanical systems both on and supporting 25m steerable radio astronomy antennas, including positioning, transport, equipment, and communications. Located at the VLA site but also supporting VLBA sites.


The position is based at the VLA, 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico.  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

Work will be accomplished under general to minimum supervision from engineering staff and working with many diverse groups. Routine duties include:

  • Troubleshoot and repair electro-mechanical interfaces throughout the VLA
  • Maintain system documentation including maintenance logs, test results, assembly drawings, and procedures
  • Maintain VLA radio equipment, Dri-air system, and site-wide fire alarm
  • Minor electrical and mechanical design work
  • Fabricate, assemble, and test prototype or production units
  • Demonstrates proactive compliance with all NRAO policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Environment

The VLA Site is a remote scientific/industrial facility at 7000 feet elevation.  The candidate will be supplied an office but will be expected to be able to work in the outdoors in a variety of weather conditions or around industrial equipment.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Associate of Science degree (A.S.) or equivalent in Electronics or related field.


Minimum Experience

Three years of related work experience.


Preferred Experience

Five to ten years of related work experience. Use of general Machine Shop type tools preferred.


Competency Summary

Must be able to work independently and reliably with general to minimal supervision. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Must be able to operate a personal computerMust 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.  Ability to read and follow electrical schematics is required.


Familiarity with troubleshooting techniques, test equipment, schematic drawings, physical drawings, general computers and software, specification documents, measurement instruments.  General knowledge of pneumatics, hydraulics, motors, gear boxes, refrigeration systems, and radio equipment.  Must have a valid driver's license in order to drive site vehicles.


Physical Requirements

Must be physically able to perform satisfactorily in high places, outdoors, near moving mechanical parts and around heavy equipment safely.  Manual dexterity to use tools, operate equipment, solder.  Must be able to work at high elevations.  Requires lifting of up to 30 pounds.


Additional Requirements

Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by September 1, 2021 to be considered for U.S.-based vacancies.


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 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].


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.