Engineering Designer 4

Penn State University

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


The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State has multiple openings for advanced PCB Electrical 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 complex research engineering programs utilizing computer aided design, documentation, databases, and/or manufacturing software tools; conceptualize, design, integrate, and package mechanical and electrical systems in collaboration with R&D engineers, engineering support specialists, and senior personnel; provide recommendations on material selection, ease of manufacturing and assembly, and cost-effective design; utilize computer aided design software to create drawing formats, notes, and manufacturing information, and ensure work is in compliance with accepted standards; assist in classified and unclassified document control, respond to requests for files, prints, or database information, manage activities within the department, and respond to requests for information from the manufacturing and assembly teams; participate in resolving system design conflicts, and participate in design review meetings, as requested; estimate work assignments for incoming projects including design, documentation, scheduling, and costing; and direct the work and document performance reviews of junior personnel. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher in a Drafting or related discipline or higher plus ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 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 (v17) or similar design tool; Microsoft Office Excel and Access software; Product Data Management concepts or software tools; and Impedance Matching circuit design. The following experience is required: Layout and design of complex Printed Circuit Boards, including component creation, schematic layout, printed wiring board layout, and circuit card assemblies; analog and digital design requirements and component selection and function; documentation of design and creation of board manufacturing and component placement output files; and electronic CADD software. 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 $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088