Electrical/Electronics Engineer
National Solar Observatory
Maui, HI
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and four international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the Gemini Observatory, the National Optical Astronomical Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

The National Solar Observatory (NSO) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) project is seeking an Electrical/Electronics Engineer I (EE1), to provide electrical and electronics engineering and technical support for the DKIST observatory during construction, integration, testing and commissioning, and handover to operations. The EE1 will be expected to solve engineering problems by planning and performing technical activities and to resolve more complex problems under the direction of a senior engineer or manager. This entails supporting senior personnel in ongoing design, fabrication, assembly, testing, and reporting activities. Assesses, resolves and documents differences between site implementation and relevant designs. May direct supporting personnel for execution of specific assigned tasks.

This position is based on Maui, Hawaii and includes work at the DKIST site on the Haleakala summit. The position is expected to last through DKIST construction (June 2020) with possible extension.

Essential Functions:
Performs supporting role in technical/engineering activities: planning, design, analysis, fabrication, modification, troubleshooting, repair, documentation, and maintenance.
Works on electrical/electronic problems individually and in conjunction with other members of a team.
Ensures that electronics laboratory stock, consumables, spares, tools, and test equipment are maintained, calibrated and documented.
Performs technical procurements; assists engineers and technicians with developing requirements, sourcing parts, and obtaining quotes. Creates requisitions, tracks critical shipments to ensure timely delivery, and works with AURA procurement to resolve supply problems.
Performs varied work on Electrical systems in the telescope, instruments, and facility under the direction of a supervisory engineer.
Diagnoses causes and develop solutions for electrical/electronic malfunctions.
Cooperates and coordinates closely with other personnel involved with assigned tasks.
Complies with technical requirements of assigned work and approved schedules.
Reports results of activities and assignments and raises issues to more senior staff as appropriate.
Complies with applicable electrical and safety standards and insures safety of operations in areas under purview; corrects and/or reports unsafe conditions and practices.
Other duties as assigned by management.
All AURA employees are responsible for the proper management and control of all AURA property within their work area, whether assigned to them or someone else. This responsibility includes reporting any known missing, stolen, or non-working property in their work area to their supervisor or the AURA Property Officer.
Responsible for ensuring compliance with government award terms and conditions assigned to this position or subordinates of this position as defined in the Vela Award Management system

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent.
Prior work experience desirable
Familiarity with standards applicable to electrical and/or electronics engineering
Ability to resolve technical problems by application of engineering, scientific or mathematical techniques.
Ability to speak and write effectively, including preparation of technical reports.
Proficient in use of MS Office applications and general computer skills
Must communicate and cooperate with others.
Willingness to actively participate in team safety meetings and adhere to (and advocate for) safety procedures and protocols.
Sensitive to and respectful of cultural and environmental issues.
Analog and digital design circuitry knowledge
Operation of standard electrical and electronics test equipment.
Experience with electrical or electronics CAD software

Desirable Experience/Skills/Abilities:
Engineering experience in an apprenticeship or internship
Experience or knowledge of PLC systems
Experience or knowledge of controls and servo drive systems
Experience or knowledge of 120, 208, and 480 VAC three phase power systems and low voltage (12-24V) DC power systems
Experience with MATLAB/Simulink
Experience with EPLAN, AutoCAD Electrical and/or Altium Designer
Soldering, harnessing and cabling, terminations (Fiber Optics, CAT5/6)
Experience handling optics or optical assemblies

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus, and ability to distinguish colors.
Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately
Must possess sufficient mobility, strength or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to grasp, push, pull, turn or otherwise manipulate tools, equipment and mechanisms.
The position will be based in Maui, working at the Haleakala (DKIST) observatory.
Ability to work at 10,000’ elevation, sometimes during inclement weather, is required.
There will be occasional working at height utilizing fall protection equipment, ladders, scaffolding and/or aerial lifts.
Occasional travel between the Hawaiian Islands and mainland US may be necessary.
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