Job posting 14-18
Opening date: March 13, 2014
Closing date: April 4, 2014
TITLE: Engineering Technician (Mechanical), GS-802, Grade 9; $48,910 - $63,580/yr plus 6.24% COLA
TYPE OF POSITION: Federal Career/Career-Conditional Appointment
DIVISION: - Radio Geoastronomy Division, Submillimeter Array (SMA)
LOCATION: Hilo, HI
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement
eligibility. Individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority may also apply; such as applicants with a disability, former Peace
Corps volunteers, certain military spouses, veterans seeking a VRA/VEOA appointment, or veterans who have been separated from armed
forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service. Must be a US citizen.
Provides technical expertise in the maintenance and/or repair of precision mechanical assemblies in the SMA radio telescopes at
the observatory on Mauna Kea. These assemblies encompass a diverse range of mechanical areas including precision
mechanical mounts, motors and gearboxes, cryogenic systems, hydraulic systems and precision servo systems. These systems
vary greatly in complexity and mass, thereby requiring excellent skills in understanding design drawings, procedures and Bill of
Perform precise mechanical alignments of SMA antennas and associated mechanical and optical components using developed
procedures and, using specialized equipment, run tests to perform optical alignments, various mechanical tests, etc.
Perform precise optical alignments of various assemblies used in the antenna's optical systems and their co-alignment to the
pointing and servo systems. Assemble and/or disassembly of various optical assemblies to make repairs or install new
With other members of the SMA antenna group, develop maintenance tasks that result in optimal mechanical operation of the
SMA antennas, transporter and all other mechanical systems to be operated at the SMA Site on Manna Kea. Implement (or in
some cases, supervise the implementation of) these required maintenance activities.
Operate specialized boom and bridge cranes, forklift trucks used in the assembly of large antenna components. Additionally the
incumbent will work with the antenna transporter, which is used to move the antennas.
Operate machine tools such as lathes, drills, milling machines, planers, etc. to perform machining and modifications of new and
existing mechanical parts.
One year of full-time experience at the GS-8 or equivalent that is close or similar to the work of this position.
The experience includes activities such as working with mechanical assemblies in large instruments and/or industrial equipment and
experience with machining operations on metals and plastics.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We are only accepting online applications for this position. To apply please visit
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