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Entry Level Applied Technology Technician (Mechanical)

Are you interested in challenging career doing hands-on, technical work in a world-class material testing facility? The Advanced Material Testing Laboratory at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory's Bettis Site has an opening for an entry level Applied Technology Technician possessing a background in mechanical repair and mechanical assembly of hydraulic and mechanical systems. The successful candidate will operate and maintain facilities which are used to execute experimental material property and corrosion testing of existing and developmental materials. In addition to routine operations, duties include troubleshoot and repair of problems with existing equipment and modifications to test facilities required for new test programs. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Qualify as an operator on test hardware within the employee's work location.
  • Work under supervision of more senior technicians, engineers, and management.
  • Pre-operational checkout and inspection of test facilities using established procedures and test plans.
  • Operate and maintain lab equipment, facility, and local infrastructure.
  • Work to established schedules.
  • Communicate with peers, engineers, contractors, maintenance personnel, and management on work status.
  • Verify and assure that facility operation is in accordance with documented test plans, test procedures, and facility operating procedures. 
  • Routine mechanical assembly and installation of experimental test facilities and test components.
  • Execute all work in accordance with established rules for environmental, safety, and industrial hygiene controls.
  • Ability to learn and execute immediate actions for response to emergency situations.
  • Candidate may be required to become NAVFAC-P-307 qualified for crane operator or rigger operations.

Intermediate (additional):
  • Operate multiple test stations independently and concurrently while maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Troubleshoot abnormalities with test hardware and suggest corrective actions to management in the absence of engineering support.
  • Provide input to development of work packages, procedures, and hazard analyses for various test programs.
  • Once qualified, train other technicians and engineers on the operation of test hardware within the employee's work location.

Required Skills *

  • AAS in engineering, science, technology or Journeyman's Papers.

  • AAS in engineering, science, technology or Journeyman's Papers.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience.

  • Must have training or experience in mechanical repair and mechanical assembly.
  • Ability to physically lift and/or carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to read and understand complex verbal and written instructions, and be physically able to perform activities requiring bending, stooping, and climbing ladders.

Preferred Skills

GPA of 3.0/4.0 is preferred.
Experience troubleshooting complex technical systems.
Experience using PLC and data acquisition systems to monitor and control operation of complex mechanical systems.
Proficiency with process control software.
The ideal candidate would have a broad technical background working on both mechanical and electrical systems.