Electronic Technician 1 (Space – NASA Balloon)

Requisition ID: 21010667

  • Category IconCategory: Technical Support
  • Location IconLocation: Palestine, Texas
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 75 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

Peraton provides management and technical support for NASA’s scientific balloon program which supports enabling science missions for NASA and universities across the United States and foreign scientific communities. Scientific balloon missions provide researchers inexpensive, relatively quick, long duration access to near space altitudes and environments. Balloon missions cost orders of magnitude less than satellite missions and provide platforms for heavy experiments (some greater than 5000 lbs)...  to operate for weeks and even months.  Balloon missions have provided significant science theories and discoveries about cosmic rays, gamma ray and x-ray astronomy, optical and UV astronomy, atmospheric sciences, and cosmic microwave background studies. Our staff are located at the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) in Palestine, TX where we design, analyze, build and assembly the support hardware and balloon gondola payloads for the missions. We launch the balloons from locations within the United States (Texas, New Mexico, and Hawaii) and around the world including Antarctica, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia. Our engineers and technician staff support the launches and balloon and payload recoveries in the US and many worldwide locations. Peraton’s NASA Balloon Operations Contract (NBOC) program is seeking an Electrical Technician to join our team in Palestine, Texas.  We are seeking a candidate to provide support for manufacture, test, integration, and field operations for NASA Balloon missions from inception through flight. Job Duties include:
  • Perform routine technical functions in support of balloon missions including fabrication, assembly, test, integration, operation of electronics an electro-mechanical systems.
  • Utilize diagnostic test equipment to troubleshoot, repair, and operate electronic systems with analog, digital and video electronics
  • Work from schematics, drawing, procedures, change requests and verbal direction to perform prototype assembly, environmental testing and qualification tasks
  • Perform routine ground support equipment maintenance
  • Complete project documentation such as procedures, change requests, schematics, and wiring diagrams
  • Coordinate with science teams, researchers and engineers regarding system requirements and application of balloon flight equipment
  • Configure test apparatus and equipment to conduct functional, operational, environmental, and qualification tests to evaluate performance and reliability of both prototype and production hardware
  • Provide downrange telemetry support for remote and foreign campaigns; assure operational sufficiency in quality of workmanship, equipment readiness, and operations of electronic systems and test equipment used in support
  • Provide status and participate in reviews 

Basic Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma and miltary experience is preferred. AS degree Electronics is a plus.  
  • Knowledge of electrical and electronic theory, and digital and analog circuitry preferred. 
  • Knowledge of the tools, equipment, and materials used in electronic testing, fabrication, and maintenance is required
  • Skill in soldering, crimping, component placement, routing of printed circuit design is required
  • Skill in reading schematics / wiring diagrams to perform standardized testing and troubleshooting of circuit is required
  • Skill in record keeping for documentation purposes is required
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Crimp, Cable, and Harness Certification per NASA-STD-8739.4
  • Electrostatic Discharge ESD Control per GPR 8730.6
  • Solder Assemblies per ANSI / J-STD-001 with Space Addendum
  • Certified NASA Ordnance Handler
Special Requirements:
  • Must be able to travel up to 60% of the year
  • Must be able to pass the physical (medical) requirements to travel to Antarctica
  • Must be able to obtain travel visas

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

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