Research and Development Engineer (Lead Manufacturing Engineer- Electrical)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Engineering Services
Full/Part Time:


The Engineering Services Division of The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a Lead Manufacturing Engineer – Electrical to oversee the design process and fabrication of electronic circuits and circuit card assemblies across the Laboratory. This position will be a key component in ARL’s ability to successfully execute rapid prototyping programs and to successfully work with and transition technology to our Industry partners. Responsibilities include: Work with ARL research and development engineering teams throughout the project lifecycle to provide Design For Manufacturability / Affordability (DFM/A) recommendations, identify appropriate manufacturing partners, provide forecasting to electronics assembly houses, establish priorities for vendors, and serve as technical point-of-contact on circuit card assembly jobs; establish and maintain relationships with vendors – focus on building strategic partnerships with a small group of core vendors; establish partnership goals and metrics, including measures of quality and vendor performance; ensure ARL engineers have access to state-of-the-art electronic manufacturers and manufacturing processes, obsolescence monitoring, counterfeit part programs, and increased leverage with electronic component distributors; serve as the liaison between project managers, requisitioners, purchasing, and vendors and participate in materials flow coordination routines; ensure alignment between program purchasing, planning, and expediting; provide oversight of the procurement process for electronics and circuit card assembly; serve as ARL’s lead for selection and maintenance of electrical design tools and parts libraries; ensure consistency and compatibility across the Lab; and identify need for and coordination of training of engineers, designers, and technicians relative to design and fabrication of electronics. May lead teams or a department for the right candidate. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Technology, or a related discipline plus additional of related experience is desired. Electronic circuit and/or circuit card design, electronics manufacturing, production experience, electronics quality assurance and reliability practices, and supervision and leadership of engineering designers and technicians are required competencies. 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. The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University 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.

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