Assembly/R&D Technician at Accion Systems
Boston, MA, US
About Accion Systems
 
At Accion [pronounced AX-ee-on], we're working to change the world by making outer space more affordable and accessible. We come to work every day to build next-generation ion engines and other cool technologies for spacecraft. Our younger selves would be very proud of us.
 
Our team is excited about our mission and we work AND play hard together to achieve it. We offer competitive salary and benefits (including health, dental, 401(k) with match, gym membership reimbursement, and vacation), and we engage our team through activities including an annual retreat, weekly lunches, monthly team outings, and the chance to travel to and present at industry events. We strongly value self-motivated, enthusiastic employees and we work hard as a group to nurture growth mindsets in company and personal goals.
 
About This Position
 
We’re seeking a technician to support electrical assembly and rework as well as general fabrication to support research and development activities on spacecraft hardware. Duties will include building electrical cable and box assemblies to drawing specifications, PCB rework, fabrication of small to medium sized vacuum hardware, sensitive handling and assembly of flight hardware as well as lab equipment maintenance, installation and calibration. Controlled, measured operation of advanced tools and machinery is also required. Attention to detail is a must. Ideally, each candidate has experience building electrical and electro-mechanical assemblies in semi clean, ESD protected assembly floors. Also desired are general machining skills. Nearly all work involves advanced aerospace technologies such as vacuum chambers, ion beams and high voltage electronics. Some work may be conducted inside a strict clean room.
 
 
Key responsibilities include:
·         Assembly of custom electrical box and cable assemblies
·         Assembly of custom spaceflight hardware
·         Printed Circuit Board (PCB) inspection, rework and cleaning
·         Fabrication and implementation of lab equipment, test jigs and custom assemblies
·         Lab and facility build-out as well as equipment/consumable purchasing, maintenance and calibration
·         Development of fabrication or assembly procedures
·         Critical flight hardware inspection
 
 
Required Competencies:
·         Experience with custom cable assemblies
·         Experience with various connector types such as bayonet circular, D-sub, Samtec
·         Experience building or assembling to an engineering drawing
·         Experience following detailed procedures
·         Experience with crimpers, connector tools, connector shielding and strain-relief
·         Experience with PCB rework/soldering
·         Familiarity with general fabrication tools such as a drill, Dremel or saw
·         Familiarity with common lab chemicals such as IPA and acetone
·         Experience working with ESD sensitive hardware
·         Strong written and oral communication skills
·         Proficiency with MS Word & Excel
 
Nice to have:
·         Machining skills (mill, CNC, drill press, saw)
·         Small / miniature electro mechanical assemblies
·         Experience with epoxy application and curing
·         Vacuum chamber experience (<1 micro-Torr pressures)
·         Military and other high-reliability requirements
·         High-voltage (up to 10 kV) rated equipment
·         Any of the following: Labview, Matlab, Omnify, Altium, SolidWorks, AutoCAD
 
The position is full-time, on-site, and available to be filled immediately.
 
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., or protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).
 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other protected factor.