Control, Actuation and Test Technician

Systems Engineering
AMDS - Air and Missile Defense Sector

Are you passionate about inventing creative solutions to complex engineering challenges?

Do you have a knack for integrating electromechanical systems?

We are seeking a well-rounded technician to help us provide innovative actuation solutions to solve modern aerospace control challenges. You'll be joining a hardworking team of engineers who collaboratively solve hard problems in the area of controls, actuation, and electronics.

As a Control, Actuation, and Test Technician....

  • Fabricate special test fixtures to emulate aerospace environments including electrical circuit design and prototyping, mechanical design and fabrication (sheet metal and small scale machine work), equipment racking, cable and harness fabrication, system integration, system calibration and checkout (50%)
  • Participate in the design, integration and test of prototype electromechanical fixtures used to test and evaluate missile control actuation systems (30%)
  • Maintain and manage lab facility assets (20%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at the time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Possess a High School diploma or GED.
  • Have 1+ years of machining (manual mill and lathe) and electrical fabrication experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, logical reasoning, and organizational skills.
  • Basic understanding of active and passive electronics.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Desired Qualifications:

  • In depth understanding of active and passive electronics.
  • Formal training in electrical fabrication (e.g. NASA J-STD-001 soldering)
  • Experience with mechanical GD&T concepts
  • Current SECRET clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel required for meetings, field tests and related activities. Some foreign travel may also be required.


Why work at APL?


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.


At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at



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