Position is located in the Jeff Davis County at McDonald Observatory, 440 miles away from Austin's main campus.
Performs highly skilled, technical support tasks in field engineering operations of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) including, troubleshooting, repairing, maintaining, and simple design of electronics systems.
Troubleshoots and follows detailed maintenance procedures to technical manual instructions for electronic systems. Performs detailed periodic inspections and preventative maintenance on equipment and systems, such as ultrasonics distance sensors, linear encoders, stepper motor drivers, brushless DC motor drivers, and other telescope motion systems (motors, encoders) and support systems (compressors, controls, etc). Proposes and builds design improvements to highly specialized telescope equipment including peripheral support systems, as necessary. Updates and documents systems currently in use, such as complex relay logic control systems, etc. Maintains manual and electronic records of equipment repairs. Works with HET Electrical Engineer to determine priorities and schedules. Identifies and reports safety hazards; performs related tasks as assigned. Attends and participates in the weekly HET staff meeting. Periodically performs Operations Engineering duty.
Other related functions as assigned.
High school graduation or GED. Five years of journey level experience in the design, installation, repair, maintenance, and operation of electronics to incude equipment, systems, and components. Must work well in team environment. Must demonstrate good oral and written communication skills. Must demonstrate a professional demeanor. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Associate Degree in a related technical field.
Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished) May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals May work around electrical and mechanical hazards Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving Must be able to work at heights up to 100 feet with appropriate safety equipment via manlifts or ladders.