Job Purpose and Primary Objectives:

The Engineering Technician works with our test, engineering, and production teams to inspect, clean, and assemble mechanical and electrical hardware, maintain facilities, and test equipment to meet compliance requirements.

This role is on-site in our Pleasanton, CA location.

About Benchmark:

Benchmark designs and produces propulsion systems that maneuver small satellites between low earth orbit and the moon. These systems utilize non-toxic propellants to provide thrust to transfer to a specific orbit, maintain position, avoid collisions, and a range of other applications. These capabilities enable activities such as on-orbit refueling, in-space manufacturing, re-entry, and more. True to its Vermont roots and values, Benchmark’s mission is to keep space accessible and sustainable for generations to come, and to enrich Vermont’s growing tech sector.

Benchmark has built a world-class team of engineers and business development professionals with offices on the shores of Lake Champlain, in Silicon Valley, and the United Kingdom.

Measurements of Success/Primary Job Responsibilities:

At its core, Benchmark is an entrepreneurial, fast paced organization. In this environment, we need all employees to problem solve, not be afraid to ask questions, and be able to work with and help colleagues in different departments and positions by digging in and working on other tasks as needed/assigned depending on business needs. With that said, there are primary job responsibilities and measurements of success for this position, which are:

  • Accurate inspection, cleaning and assembly of mechanical and electrical hardware, facilities, and test equipment to meet compliance requirements.
  • Thorough inspection of components and hardware to verify tolerances and fit.
  • Conduct qualification and acceptance testing on mechanical and electrical hardware to meet all necessary requirements.
  • Maintain test documentation/logbooks, in a neat and organized manner.
  • Maintain company equipment to meet working standards as required by maintenance schedules.
  • Maintain and/or create documentation during fault finding, maintenance, or upgrade activities.
  • Work effectively on a team including engineers, technicians, and others as needed.
  • Communicate any relevant findings of the assembly and test process to key stakeholders.
  • Pump down, monitor, and be responsible for the operation of thermal cycling and vacuum chambers (including working with liquid nitrogen).
  • Take direction and effectively balance multiple projects/workloads simultaneously.
  • Construct test setups.
  • Record testing data and analyze results to determine whether products meet quality standards.
  • Prepare and publish test reports.
  • Operate propulsion test stand equipment with limited direction.
  • Maintain or create documentation during fault finding, maintenance or upgrade activities.
  • Other responsibilities that may be needed from time to time to assist in business operations.
  • At all times, maintain Benchmark’s outstanding reputation for operating at the highest levels of honesty, integrity, accountability, and transparency.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Applicants should have a High School diploma or GED with at least 2 years of professional experience, or a 2-year technical degree.
  • A passion for space technology and emerging ecosystems in and around current and future space activities.
  • Be/become proficient in: Microsoft & Adobe Suite as well as possess the ability, agility, and can-do attitude to work in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and matrixed cross-functional environment.
  • Ability to work on ITAR (export-restricted) technologies (US Persons and previously authorized applicants only. BSS cannot sponsor a new ITAR authorization application)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

What you bring to the position, or have the ability to swiftly learn and be successful in:

  • Experience in hands-on fabrication and assembly in a relevant field.
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical and electrical drawings, diagrams, schematics, and manuals.
  • Ability to document work within an MRP system.

What makes you stand out:

  • Previous experience and/or certifications within the aerospace or defense industry.
  • Experience working with propulsion systems.
  • Component quality and dimensional inspection experience.
  • Ability to operate thermal cycling chambers and vacuum chambers.
  • Experience working in a clean room environment.
  • Vacuum equipment experience.
  • Current or ability to obtain IPC and J-STD soldering and/or inspection certification.
  • Experience with soldering and building harnesses.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel).
  • Inventory management and material handling experience.
  • Strong organization, record-keeping, and written/verbal communication skills.
  • Basic wet chemistry practices and safe handling of hazardous materials.
  • Basic machining skills (drilling, milling, lathe, tapping, etc.).
  • Experience with LabVIEW, Python, or other scripting languages.

Benefits:

  • Health insurance (100% coverage for individuals, 80% for families).
  • Vision and dental insurance.
  • Company paid life, AD&D and disability insurances.
  • Employee assistance program.
  • 401(k) with employer match.
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Unlimited vacation.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:
While performing duties of this job, the employee is working predominantly in a production environment and must possess the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and work for long periods of time while standing.

Benchmark Space Systems is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact us at careers at benchmark-space.com