Engineering Designer

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – H – Non-exempt
  • 03 – I – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Mechanical and Electrical Design
Full/Part Time:


The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University has multiple openings in our Mechanical and Electrical Design Department for PCB Engineering Designers. Responsibilities include: Create electronic components, schematics, printed wiring boards, circuit card assemblies, bills of materials, and other documentation using accepted methods and techniques; support research engineering programs utilizing computer aided design, documentation, databases, and/or manufacturing software tools; assist or design, integrate, and package mechanical and electrical components into assemblies as part of larger systems, in collaboration with R&D engineers, engineering support specialists, and senior personnel; for level 3, provide recommendations on component selection, ease of manufacturing and assembly, and cost effective design; utilize computer aided design software to create design documentation, including notes and manufacturing information, and ensure work is in compliance with accepted standards; perform department tasks related to copying, filing, and database entry, including classified and unclassified documentation control; respond to requests for information from the manufacturing and assembly teams; and participate in design meetings. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Associate's degree or higher in a Drafting or related discipline or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. An Associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, or Drafting and Design Technology is desired. Experience in the following is preferred: Altium PCB software (v16) or a similar design tool; Microsoft Office Excel, and Access; and Impedance Matching circuit design. Familiarization with Product Data Management concepts or software tools is also preferred. Experience in the following is required: Layout and design of Printed Circuit Board component creation, schematic layout, printed wiring board layout, and circuit card assemblies; documentation of design and creation of board manufacturing and component placement output files; and electronic CADD software tools. Knowledge of analog and digital design requirements and component selection and function is also required. Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. These are one-year, fixed-term renewable appointments.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088