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Job Summary

The XTRM/SPRL Space Physics Research Laboratory in the College of Engineering is seeking an experienced, highly motivated PCB Designer/Drafter to provide technical and project support for current and future space mission and instrument development projects.

XTRM/SPRL Labs is a facility of the College of Engineering that serves clients who are faculty, government agencies (such as NASA and DoD), and commercial companies in the development of unique integrated systems and instrumentation that are often used in challenging environments (e.g. space, artic, above/on/below the water).  The XTRM/SPRL Lab professional staff, with faculty and researchers, have built more than 35 space systems and instruments; instrumented numerous sounding rockets, balloons and aircraft; and developed ground-based instruments.  For seven decades, this lab has been one of a handful of university centers able to conceive, design, construct, test, and operate space flight instruments — a truly "end-to-end" operation.


Work in project teams with scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, machinists, and students to develop instruments for laboratory, ground based, airborne, and space research.

Actively participate in the development of hardware to ensure highly reliable, verifiable end products.  The PCB designer will be responsible for the design and layout of printed circuit boards including schematic capture, PCB size optimization, PCB layer stack up, trace routing and interconnects in addition to creating the BOM and maintaining all PCB design documents. This includes promulgating IPC, PCB, DFM standards and guidelines for design content plus Gerber formats.  Inputting production, quality assurance capabilities and restrictions from engineers. Helping review designs, quoting PCB designs with various vendors and coordinating the PCB design release process.  

Support maintenance of the schematic and component library.  Creating PCB assembly documentation for engineering and manufacturing.  Completion and documentation of engineering changes.

Required Qualifications*

  • 3-5 years of experience in PCB Layout and Mechanical Design related functions
  • Experience with Altium Designer, Pads, and/or Orcad
  • Experience with AutoCAD Inventor and/or Solidworks
  • Experience with CAD drawing formats, standards and tools
  • Must exhibit thorough understanding of printed circuit board design and manufacturing
  • Strong organizational experience – accurate and detail oriented
  • Working knowledge IPC PCB standards
  • Understanding of ESD principles
  • Demonstrated excellence in team participation and communication skills
  • U.S. Citizen

Desired Qualifications*

  • Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology with board layout experience
  • 5+ years of experience in PCB Layout using Altium Designer
  • Knowledge and/or experience with RF and impedance controlled designs
  • Knowledge and/or experience with flexible PCB designs

Additional Information

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.