Electrical Engineer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Lifecycle Engineering
Full/Part Time:


The Materials and Manufacturing Office (MMO) at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at The Pennsylvania State University is looking for an electrical engineer to join our Lifecycle Engineering Department. Responsibilities include: Lead engineering design and fabrication for the electrical portion of electromechanical systems; design and fabricate data acquisition and/or control systems for a variety of applications; work in multi-disciplinary groups focused on the design of new equipment used in the construction, repair, and preservation of ships and underwater structures; identify inefficiencies of legacy designs, formulate solutions to improve design and/or productivity, collaborate within interdisciplinary teams to produce functional prototypes and industrial equipment, and validate process improvements; and transition new equipment and processes into government installations. 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 Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher plus two 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. A Bachelor’s degree (Master's degree preferred for higher level positions) in Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering, or Engineering Sciences and Mechanics is desired. Experience obtaining NRTL certification for custom electrical and control systems is a plus. Experience requirements include: Electrical system design to meet various electrical standards and performance requirements of components and systems operated in marine or industrial environments; electrical schematic documentation using any software; the design and development of control systems using PLCs, HMIs, Labview, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi, and discrete feedback loops; PCB design abilities (design, document, order, and validate design); practical knowledge and experience with a wide range of electrical components, sensors, and mechanical drives; hands-on skill assembling circuit boards, wiring harnesses, and control system enclosures; and programming experience in any or all of the following: VBA; C++; Python; LabVIEW; or G-code. Domestic travel will occasionally be required. Candidate 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 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