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Norden Millimeter is in need of experienced thin-film Assemblers and Technicians.

Norden Millimeter is Located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills near Placerville, CA. We offer a friendly, and dynamic atmosphere which provides opportunities for career advancement. Norden is a privately held company, with a high level of employee ownership.

Norden Millimeter is an equal opportunity employer and we offer a comprehensive compensation package including competitive salary and benefits, such as paid holidays and vacations, personal time off, medical insurance, AFLAC, & incentive stock options.

Norden is experiencing a high level of growth, and as a result has immediate openings for experienced technicians. Below is a job description of the current openings.


PCB Assembly Technician 

Major Responsibilities: Performs with exceptional proficiency all assembly processes for millimeter and microwave frequency solder surface mount components.

Location: Reno, NV

Qualifications

  • Ability to discern quality differences in parts and materials used in production
  • Experience building cables and wiring harnesses to interconnect chassis components
  • Ability to follow technical instructions, interpret engineering blueprints and technical terms
  • Creating and updating assembly instructions, updating Bills Of Materials as needed with Engineering support
  • Pro-active approach to problems and opportunities to improve processes
  • Ability to work both independently and in a cohesive team environment
  • Desire to contribute to the improvement of production workflows and procedures that improve production efficiency and quality without compromising safety
  • Ability to communicate regularly with Engineering and Management regarding problems or issues impacting assembly

 Preferred skills:

  • Basic computer skills such as emailing, record keeping, ordering, inventory management and form filing.
  • Practical knowledge of electronics circuit assembly techniques and practices, including soldering, circuit modification and hot air rework of BGAs and QFNs
  • Familiarity with PCB technology and electronics manufacturing processes 
  • Knowledge of RF systems and components and assembly practices.
  • Experience of populating printed circuit boards. 
  • Experience in soldering and rework methods to IPC standards.
  • Understanding of PCBs / surface mount technology. 
  • Able to interpret engineering drawings and bills of materials (BOM)

The Assembly Technician will be responsible for PCB Assembly and Soldering to IPC standards, Inspection of products and reworking as required

As an addition, they will be responsible for lab equipment maintenance, maintaining ESD requirements and general lab support

Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent preferred
  • 5+ years applicable work experience required
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination
  • Minimal supervision required

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Assemblers are required to remain stationary (sitting or standing) for long periods of time and use hands to handle objects, delicate instruments, and/or controls.
  • Assemblers may occasionally be required to lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Assemblers must have good vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust eye focus to work with a microscope up to 12 hours per day.

 

Work Environment:

  • The manufacturing assembly and test area has equipment with high heat, electricity, and sharp tools.
  • Individuals may be required to handle hazardous materials.

 

Typical Duties:

Soldering and reworking circuit boards that use surface mount technology , to include but not limited to 0201 chip resistors, QFN and BGA integrated circuits (ICs)

Inspects components to ensure they meet Quality Assurance (QA) standards and   product specifications.

Ensures Top Level product specifications are accurate

Reviews circuit level component specs. and parts lists when new orders are received

Typically identifies problems restricting manufacturing throughput and recommends solutions

May analyze RMA’s and recommend corrective actions as required

Technician Job Description 

Major Responsibilities: Tests, tunes, aligns, troubleshoots and repairs thin film hybrid millimeter and microwave frequency products and multi-function assemblies.

Typical Duties:

  • Tests, tunes, aligns, troubleshoots, and repairs circuits and products
  • Inspects components to ensure they meet Quality Assurance (QA) standards and product specifications
  • Ensures Top Level product specifications are accurate
  • Reviews circuit level component specs. and parts lists when new orders are received
  • Interfaces with assemblers regarding parts availability
  • Sets up test procedures
  • Typically identifies problems restricting manufacturing throughput and recommends solutions
  • Typically trains other technicians
  • May perform design tests for engineering
  • May analyze RMA’s and recommend corrective actions as required
  • May be a Product Team leader
  • Above average productivity and ability to work on complex products

Equipment used:

·         Sweep Generator ·         Hi-power Stereo Microscope
·         Scalar Analyzer ·         AC/DC Power Supply
·         Spectrum Analyzer ·         Noise Figure Meter & Source Diode
·         Multi-meter ·         Power Meter

 

Education and Experience:

  • Requires HS diploma or equivalent; prefer AS degree in Electronics or equivalent training
  • Requires understanding of RF, DC and electronics theory
  • Requires 5+ years applicable work experience
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination
  • Prefer familiarity with thin film assembly techniques
  • Minimal supervision required

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Technicians are required to remain stationary (sitting or standing) for long periods of time and use hands to handle objects, delicate instruments, and/or controls.
  • Technicians may occasionally be required to lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Technicians must have good vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust eye focus to work with a microscope up to 12 hours per day.

 

Work Environment:

  • The manufacturing assembly and test area has equipment with high heat, electricity, and sharp tools.
  • Individuals may be required to handle hazardous materials.

Assembler Job Description

Major Responsibilities: Performs with exceptional proficiency all assembly processes for millimeter and microwave frequency components.

Typical Duties:

  • Assembles circuits and components through several processes including die attach, wedge bonding, bond coupling, gap welding, and ultrasonic bonding procedures
  • Ensures components meet quality standards with below average defect rate
  • Typically re-works assemblies with below average defect rate.
  • Typically trains other assemblers
  • Typically implements new assembly processes
  • Typically assembles prototypes for engineering
  • Typically performs process setups such as bond pull and die shear testing
  • Typically is an Assembly Team Leader and/or QA Inspector
  • Above average productivity with an extremely low reject rate

Equipment used:

·         Die attach station ·         Wedge-wedge bonder
·         Bond pull tester ·         Gap welder
·         Hi-power stereo microscope ·         Coupler bonder
·         Ball Bonder ·         Die Shear Tester

 

Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent preferred
  • 5+ years applicable work experience required
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination
  • Minimal supervision required

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Assemblers are required to remain stationary (sitting or standing) for long periods of time and use hands to handle objects, delicate instruments, and/or controls.
  • Assemblers may occasionally be required to lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Assemblers must have good vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust eye focus to work with a microscope up to 12 hours per day.

 

Work Environment:

  • The manufacturing assembly and test area has equipment with high heat, electricity, and sharp tools.
  • Individuals may be required to handle hazardous materials.

RF Millimeter Wave Design Engineer Description 

Major Responsibilities: Provide electrical design, technical analysis and /or resolution of engineering problems for RF and millimeter wave hardware. Supervise subordinate engineers and designers. Provide coordination of engineering project members to compete engineering projects.

Typical Duties & Expectations:

  • Developing RF hardware including amplifiers, frequency converters, and transceivers
  • Supporting development of system architecture
  • RF circuit design analysis and PWB layout
  • Deriving RF hardware design requirements from system level specifications
  • Analyze complex engineering problems and offer effective resolutions
  • Coordination of activities between the cross-functional team and design team that facilitates creation, review, and release of Product Requirements, and Design Specifications.
  • Review of product documentation for accuracy including documentation intended for customer use.
  • Review and evaluation of product design through informal and formal design reviews as well as through design verification test plans and reports.
  • Evaluation of product non-conformances and recommendation of design modifications.
  • Mentoring engineers and technicians

Equipment used:

  • Personal Computer
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Sage Quantum (Accounting)
  • Circuit simulation software
  • PWB layout software
  • MRP software

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with 5 years of related experience
  • Must have experience as a project lead on complex, multi-discipline engineering design
  • RF and mixed-signal experience for 500 MHz to 110 GHz required
  • Experience testing and debugging hardware using common RF test equipment (spectrum analyzers and network analyzers)
  • Demonstrated experience with managing requirements, maintaining budgets, Performing detailed analysis, component selection, schematic creation, and supporting build/test of RF/Millimeter wave components and subsystems.
  • Ability to meet project deadlines and exceed key performance indicators
  • Ability to perform under pressure and excellent time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required, with the ability to prepare written specifications and contract documents.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a secret level DoD security clearance preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently lift objects weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Climb stairs
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch
  • Use hands and arms to reach for, grasp and manipulate objects

Job Type: Full-time