Entry-Level Electronics & Controls Engineering Technician -- Accelerators​

Starfire Industries

Starfire Industries

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Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2023

​Entry-Level Electronics & Controls Engineering Technician -- Accelerators

Starfire is seeking a highly motivated persons to join our technical engineering team to support particle accelerator production, test, and validation.  We seek candidates for two similar roles: (1) electrostatic high-voltage accelerators and (2) electromagnetic pulsed microwave accelerators.  In both roles, the candidate will support electronic circuit assembly, electronics subsystem fabrication & testing, support digital & analog communications with embedded microcontrollers, and support high-voltage and plasma source testing and measurement.

We seek candidates familiar with electronic test and measurement, data acquisition and analysis.  Familiarity with electronic hardware and/or electrical systems from an assembly and testing perspective.  Building on your base electronics knowledge, we will provide job-specific training unique to our products and technologies.  You will enjoy “hands-on” work alongside the scientific team supporting on a diverse set of applications.

For candidates with B.S. degrees, this position is eligible to earn an “on-the-job” Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) Degree through a professional program between Starfire and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Plasma Engineering or Electrical Engineering. If eligible and meeting requirements, Starfire will reimburse tuition costs for the M.Eng. while working 75% full time over a two-year period. The M.Eng. capstone project will be directly relevant to work at Starfire.
Job Summary:
​Responsible for making components, assembling subsystems, constructing test fixtures, and performing system testing for nGen® and Centurion® particle accelerators.  Emphasis on electronics, microelectronics, and controls. Perform physical and electronic property assessments, and present data to the R&D team and customers.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Perform component fabrication, assembly, integration, and hardware testing. 
  • Apply electronics test/debug experience to prototype and production assemblies. 
  • Assist systems and R&D engineers meeting milestones and deliverables. 
  • Communicate consistently and openly with engineers, technicians, and managers. 
  • Actively pursue effective collaboration with other team members. 
Required Qualifications: 
  • Relevant associate degree or Baccalaureate degree or equivalent experience: 
    • e.g., Electronics Engineering, Electronics Technician, Auto Technician, Controls Technician
  • Capability to read electrical schematics and mechanical drawings. 
  • Desire to learn, appreciates hands-on work, strong mechanical aptitude, and experience with electronics
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills fluent in English (written and verbal)
  • Proficient with MS Office Software & Teams Flexible and willing to work with multiple functional groups within the company.
  • Able to lift 50lbs. and perform physical tasks in various positions: standing, reaching, crouching, kneeling, etc.
Desired Qualifications:  
  • Minimum 3+ years’ work experiences
  • Experience in one or more of the following: 
    • Electronics repair/rework
    • Radio frequency electronics
    • FPGA programming (Verilog), C# programming .NET framework
  • Familiarity with Solidworks and Mechanical Design
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Passionate about technology and looking to apply that passion to a career.
Salary commensurate with experience. Immediate start date.
This position is restricted to U.S. Persons only.
Send CV/resume and cover letter to hr@starfireindustries.com