Engineering Support Specialist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – H – Non-exempt
  • 03 – I – Non-exempt
  • 04 – J – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Transduction Device and Array Development Department
Full/Part Time:


The Transduction Device and Array Development Department in the Sonar Research and Development Division of the Undersea Systems Office within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a motivated and talented Engineering Support Specialist to join our team. This position supports testing a variety of sonar transducers and sonar systems at the on-site sonar calibration facility. Responsibilities include: Conducting acoustic tests; data acquisition and calculations via hardware/instrumentation utilization and software development; documentation of test results and automated report generation; operation, maintenance, and repair of test facilities and equipment; supporting the supervising technical/engineering staff with the layout, design, fabrication, assembly, and testing of mechanical/electrical components; assist in the selection and procurement of materials and components; and interaction with vendors. This job will be filled as a level 2, level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Associate's degree or higher in a technical program 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. Prior experience with: Sonar or underwater acoustics; experimental test conduct; LabVIEW, MATLAB, and CAD is preferred. Required experience includes: Electronics/electromechanics layout, assembly, testing, and troubleshooting; computer literacy; and operating electronic test equipment. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce. This is a one year, fixed-term renewable appointment.

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