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Specialist Electrical Assembler

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado is encouraging applications for an Electrical Assembler to join our team. In this role, you will handle the Electrical Assembly of PWBA and Harnesses. We are looking for a very experienced senior assembler to fill this role and one who is capable of improving the overall processes and quality in production. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) began in 1948, a decade before NASA. We are the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers, and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Fabricate and rework high-quality sophisticated electrical flight products (PCBA, cables and harnesses, test fixtures, etc.) using build documents and assembly drawings.
  • Ability to work from detailed schematics, wire lists, bill of materials, engineering drawings and documentation, etc. with minimal direction.
  • Have outstanding attention to detail and the ability to maintain high execution of work quality with minimum oversight.
  • Detailed understanding of proper soldering techniques for work on PWBA assemblies including technical standards, concepts, and techniques in manufacturing.
  • Ability to work on custom cabling and wire harnesses.
  • Efficiently completes work assignments by agreed upon date, paying close attention to workmanship standards, schedule, and cost.
  • Help maintain standards for lab access.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships within the department and also with the engineering group. LASP does not have a manufacturing engineer as a result the production staff are expected to help bridge the gap with engineering which includes the following:
    • Participate in build reviews with engineering.
    • Advising on the most efficient workflow and associated steps.
    • Provides highly innovative solutions independently or in collaboration with engineers.
    • Willingness and ability to respectfully share skills and techniques with other production staff including training other personnel as needed.
    • Ability to inspect coworker's work to check quality levels.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 
  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range: $81,000 - $106,000. Relocation assistance is available for this opportunity. Additional skill sets will factor into compensation such as experience in polymerics, mechanical assembly, or machining mechanical parts. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • At least 9 or more years of hand electrical assembly experience.
  • An Associate’s, technical degree, or bachelor’s degree in a related field; additional experience may substitute for this requirement. 
  • Demonstrate ability to apply extensive technical expertise to build precision spaceflight quality hardware on-schedule, working from schematics, drawings, tables, procedures, and/or notes.
  • Possess strong mechanical aptitude, hand eye- coordination and ability to work with a variety of different hand tools. E.g crimp, solder, wire strip, screw, bolt, press-fit, etc.
  • Must be able to obtain the necessary certification to perform flight assembly work (e.g. IPC J-STD-001S soldering, IPC/WHMA-A-620 S Cable & Wire Harness assemblies, IPC-7711 and 7721 rework and repair, Cleanroom, ESD, Hazardous waste, Pressure Vessel Training).
  • Expert at operating the assembly tools of the trade in a safe manner.

What You Will Need

  • Be self-directed and work independently but also with other team members.
  • Availability and willingness to work overtime as required – LASP relies on quality work and strives to keep overtime to a minimum.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with Microsoft word applications.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Previous or current certification to NASA STD’s 8739.4 IPC-620 for cable harnessing and crimping and J-STD-001 or 8739.3 for PWBA assembly work.
  • Experience with Lead Forming of dual and quad pack parts.
  • Familiar with NASA 8739.1 build requirements for polymeric application on electronic assemblies.
  • Previous experience working in a lab environment.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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