Fabrication 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 & Array Development Department in the Sonar Research and Development Division of the Undersea Systems Office (USO) within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a motivated and talented Fabrication Engineering Support Specialist to join our team. This position supports the fabrication, assembly, and test of a variety of sonar transducer/arrays. Responsibilities include: Fabrication, assembly, and electromechanical testing of transducer hardware; interpretation of engineering drawings, fabrication procedures, and test reports; planning daily activities to meet fabrication timelines; assisting engineers with procurement, tracking, and inspection of transducer components; assisting engineers in the development of fabrication procedures, tooling, and schedules for new projects; workspace preparation, and ensuring adherence to safety requirements. 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. An Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, or Electromechanics is desired. Experience in the following is preferred: Electromechanical transducer construction; production of characterization of piezoelectric materials or devices; adhesive bonding; soldering; and skills with light machining practices/tools. Light physical effort is required to assemble and/or operate equipment. Prior experience in the following is needed: ability to read and understand mechanical drawings; experience with fabrication/assembly/constructions skills; computer literacy; and operation of basic electronic test equipment. Candidate 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