Parts Engineer I, Parts Acquisition Group
Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Pasadena, CA

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Will: Be a member of the Parts Acquisition Group (5142) within the Electronic Parts Engineering Section (EPE, 514) and will report to the Group Supervisor.
• Evaluation projects’ space flight electronic parts requirements and develop a plan jointly with the Parts Project Engineers (PPE) in fulfilling these requirements.
• Identify part availability by searching existing stock of electronics parts, and initiate procurement cycle for parts shortage.
• Ensure parts meet the technical screening requirements as defined by the Part Specialist or Radiation Specialist.
• Track and maintain project parts lists, procurement/kitting status in the Parts Acquisition and Review Database.
• Use Oracle Bill of Material (BOM) Work-in-Process (WIP), and Inventory modules. Generate issuance of electronic part kits to Manufacturing.
• Disposition Quality Inspection Reports. Evaluate the discrepancy (failure, anomaly, test deviation, etc.) to determine the necessary steps to close out the issue.
• Report status of procurement, testing and IR closure to line and project management, along with risk analysis, as required.
• Coordinate between the Project Parts Engineers, Part Specialists, Radiation Specialists, CogE and part manufacturers to resolve technical issues that impact delivery schedules.
• Represent EPE office at manufacturing scheduling meetings and provide input based on understanding of risk areas due to technical or delivery issues.

The EPE Section is responsible for many aspects of EEE Parts, including Parts Engineering and Reliability, Radiation Effects, Parts Acquisition, Project Support and Failure Analysis and Test. Some of the responsibilities of the Section include: conducts engineering assessments and reviews all EEE parts for reliability related performance and advises the projects on the part selection that maximizes reliability while considering schedule and cost constraints. Conducts scientific experiments or theoretical analysis to determine the physical behavior of parts in a space like radiation environment. Oversees part procurement to ensure compliance with engineering requirements and maintains part inventories.
• Manages parts procurement activities and reports status for small projects, subsystems, or instruments
• Updates part list as required
• Recommends alternative parts based on parts availability.
• Creates Bill of Material and Work In Progress to identify and purchase electronic parts.
• Resolves lead time and part quality issues through independent analysis and interface with senior parts engineers, vendors and designers.
• Shares EEE parts engineering knowledge with other engineers and support staff.
• As directed, investigates corrective action of problems and deficiencies and makes recommendations for remedies.
• Contributes to technology development
• Attends project reviews as necessary to answer questions regarding own analysis
• Partners with scientists and engineers on the definition of requirements and evaluates alternative configurations consistent with schedule, cost and material limitations
• Assesses or is responsible for the maintenance, status, analysis, and reporting of assigned project schedules and associated metrics.

• Perform moderately complex job functions and activities within assigned area.
• Works on day-to-day assignments under general supervision; typically receiving general or detailed instructions on new assignments.
• Uses applicable policies, procedures and practices as guides to determine work methods and deliver results.
• Work is reviewed for accuracy and overall adequacy.
• Actions and decisions may have a positive impact on a functional organization due to suggestions for improvements in methods, use of technology, and/or policies.
• Failure to accomplish results can normally be overcome but may impact schedules, budget and projects.
• As needed, provides work direction to other personnel or part-time students.
• Some use of creativity and innovation.
• Analysis of situation or data requires interpretation of applicable policies, procedures and practices.
• Exercises judgment in applying applicable policies, procedures and practices to new situations to determine appropriate action.
• Interactions normally involve obtaining and providing information as needed.
• Consults with others as needed.
• Some interactions with customers from outside own organization.
• Limited contacts with peers at other organizations outside JPL.
• Interacts primarily with immediate supervisor and team members within own organization.
• Participates on a team within own organization; may participate on a team outside own organization.

Skills Required Skills:
• Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science/Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 1 year of related experience. Master’s degree in similar disciplines.
• Some knowledge in one or more of the following areas: electronic part technology; Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system
• General understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in EEE parts.
• General knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in EEE parts.
• Ability to read schematics and understand technical project component requirements.
• Familiarity with electronic part families and their identification.
• Working knowledge of part data sheets and common package types for part recommendations and selection.
• Ability to effectively interface with design engineers and parts specialists in the selection of space level electronic components.
• Excellent computer skills (use of a complex-integrated database and MS Office tools), organizational skills, documentation skills, and oral and written communication.
• Must be detail oriented.

Desired Skills:
• Experience with space flight electronic parts identification, procurement, and delivery process
• General understanding of space flight electronic components commodity types, part identification, package types, and descriptions.
• Experience with Internet part vendors and Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) searches.
• Experience in identifying and rectifying discrepancies between part numbers provided and correct part numbers as defined in supplier and military drawings and specifications.
• Previous procurement experience and familiarity with Federal Acquisition Requirements (FAR)
• Previous experience operating within an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system is a plus.
• Proficiency in Oracle Inventory, Bill of Materials, and Work in Process modules.
• Proficiency in database management.

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