Rapid Prototyping Technician

Engineering / IT Support
FPS - Force Projection Sector

Are you a hands-on person that enjoys developing and fielding groundbreaking electronic systems?

Do you consider yourself to be a team player that embraces challenges, adapts to dynamic changing environments, and is continually looking to advance your technical skills?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at APL is seeking a support technician with expertise in electronics fabrication to help us rapidly prototype field-able, autonomous sensor systems. We adopt new technology to envision tomorrow's solutions for a diverse set of government organizations. We develop sensor systems to collect information in some of the most austere environments around the globe that help our partners complete their missions. Come join our multi-disciplinary team of engineers and support staff working in laboratories on our main campus in Laurel, MD.

As a Rapid Prototyping Support Technician...

  • Your primary responsibility will be fabricating, assembling, testing, debugging and repairing electrical and mechanical sensors and systems.
  • You will assemble electronic and mechanical components and assemblies including circuit boards, cables, transducer elements, and electronics enclosures.
  • You will participate in laboratory and field testing by providing logistical and organizational support for systems under test including coordinating Bills of Materials (BOMs), checkout of field test hardware, and shipping documentation.
  • You will coordinate fabrication of parts and assemblies with the machine shop, engineers, and other engineering support staff.
  • You will organize systems and system components from purchasing through assembly and delivery for tracking purposes. Maintain laboratory equipment needed for assembly and testing including test and measurement equipment.
  • You will apply engineering principles, under direction of engineering staff, in designing, testing, reporting, and repairing electromechanical sensor assemblies and documenting results using commonly used computer software (Word, Excel).

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a certification or equivalent as an Electronics Technician
  • Have 5+ years of relevant experience in industry or military
  • Have strong organizational skills and initiative with assembling BOMs for systems, specifying components, soldering and crimping skills for cable assembly, computer operation skills, familiarity with electronic test equipment (e.g., multi-meter, power supply, function generator, etc.).
  • Are willing and able to work in classified laboratories, travel to test locations in the desert, mountains, and/or oceans for 15% of your time and can you lift over 50 lbs.
  • Have demonstrated ability and willingness to multi-task across several projects and work independently in small teams while meeting quick turnaround demands.
  • Can interact effectively with individuals of different experience levels and backgrounds.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret level 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.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have an Associate Degree from a two-year college or technical trade school.
  • Have 10+ years or relevant experience in industry or military
  • Have experience with subcontracted mechanical and electronics fabrication, assembly, and testing.
  • Have hands-on experience with electronics fabrication tools. Knowledge and practice of Quality Assurance standards.
  • Hold an active Top Secret security clearance. 

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 http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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