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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

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.


Actively participate in the development of hardware to ensure highly reliable, verifiable end products.  This position will be involved with 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*

  • 5+ years of experience in PCB Layout and Mechanical Design related functions
  • Experience with Altium Designer, Mentor 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
  • Experience in generating all Mechanical/Electrical assembly documentation
  • Experience with making ECN changes and tracking revisions to documentation
  • Strong organizational experience – accurate and detail oriented
  • Working knowledge IPC PCB standards
  • Working knowledge of Gerber and OBD file formats
  • Understanding of ESD principles
  • Demonstrated excellence in team participation and communication skills
  • Funding source requires U.S. citizenship or permanent residency to work with export-controlled material.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Associates Degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology with board layout experience.
  • 5-10 years of experience in PCB Layout using Altium Designer
  • Knowledge and/or experience with RF and impedance controlled designs
  • Knowledge and/or experience with SMT production and generating associated files
  • Knowledge and/or experience with flexible PCB designs
  • Knowledge and/or experience with flight polymeric materials for NASA hardware

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at the intermediate level, depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.  A higher salary may be considered for an exceptionally qualified candidate.  The salary ranges are as follows:

Senior: $65,000-$75,000

Intermediate: $50,000-$65,000

Additional Information

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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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