Assembly Technician I
Research Electro-Optics - United States

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Reports to: Production Supervisor

Primary Responsibility: An assembly technician is part of a team who assemble a whole product or individual parts of a manufactured item. The technician’s expert in a particular task which they are assigned to do. Assembly technicians are also called assemblers or assembly operators.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Understand and interpret the details of assembly drawings and bills of materials
  • They must have knowledge of using all parts, equipment, tools and different techniques
  • Correctly complete all relevant paperwork and also follow deadlines
  • Follow orders and assembly data/process sheets etc
  • Operate automated equipment on an assembly line,
  • Run machines, and make alignments, repairs and inspect the parts following accepted procedures to ensure compliance with established specifications
  • Pay attention to the clearance requirements of moving parts to make adjustments to speed, timing or output, thereby ensuring continuity, quality and safety
  • Handle various raw materials and give suggestions on ways to improve the product or the manufacturing processes
  • Apply proper cleanroom and air-flow workbench procedures
  • Select and/or use appropriate optical adhesives or epoxies
  • Mount optical components in mechanical assemblies
Qualifications:

Required Skills

Manual dexterity
  • Fine motor control, good hand-eye coordination; feel for handling sensitive optics and surfaces.
Optics handling
  • Knowledge of handling and transport of optics including how and when to use tools such as tweezers and vacuum pickups, insertion of optics into mounts without damage, cleaning and inspection without degradation of surface condition and quality.
Attention to detail / organization / follow-through
  • Able to repeatedly follow detailed instructions without variance to assemble components in the proper sequence and orientation, organized, meticulous, careful.
  • Will slow down rather than make mistakes even when schedule pressures are present.
  • Checks work before signing off on completion.
  • Records information on the process sheets correctly.
  • Able to retain information and numerous details needed to successfully produce high quality optical assemblies.
  • Takes good notes when necessary.
  • Turns off equipment and places tools, components, and paperwork in designated storage locations before leaving the area.
Passion for excellence
  • Works to produce the best output of which they are individually capable.
  • Would rather delay a break than interrupt a process in the middle.
  • Willing to do what is necessary to succeed, including on occasion staying late or working on the weekend.
  • Will not rush a job in order to be able to go home on time.
  • Not satisfied with average or acceptable performance and works to help improve what the assembly group produces.

Computer savvy
  • Understanding of and familiarity with basic computer usage under the Windows operating system.
  • Comfortable running various kinds of software, able to retain information necessary to successfully use unfamiliar or idiosyncratic programs.
  • Able to understand what causes problems and errors to occur when using programs and software, and able to work around them or prevent them from recurring.
  • Programming experience a plus.
Ability to read a blueprint
  • Able to read and interpret a print, basic knowledge of ISO. Mil, and Ansi standards, or the ability to learn them. Strong background relating to SQ inspection and interpretation a plus.
Team orientated
  • Ability to build relationships and become part of a cohesive team
  • Ability to delegate and direct workflow
  • Ability to lead and manage others through influence
  • Ability to communicate clearly and set expectations
  • Previous management experience a plus

Desired Skills

Optical assembly experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with various optical assembly and alignment techniques, adhesive dispensing and curing, shimming techniques, use of torque limiting tools.
  • Experience in mixing of 2-part adhesives, including the use of precision microbalances to insure accurate ratios.
  • Understanding of adhesive chemistries and the effect on bond strength, shrinkage, internal stress, and performance over a temperature range when the cure procedure is altered or varied.
Metrology experience
  • Proficient in the use of measuring tools such as interferometers, autocollimators, calipers, microscopes, force gauges, CMMs, comparators, etc.
Pattern recognition
  • Able to recognize cause and effect relationship between actions or circumstances during assembly and resulting performance at completion, especially over the long term.
  • Willing to note and record personal observations and data external to work instructions and process sheets in order to confirm or reject a hypothesis.
Improvement mindset
  • Notices circumstances or procedures that limit throughput or quality and proposes improvements, including performing or instigating proof-of-concept tests to present to the group where justified.
  • Able to think beyond optimization of current techniques to new and ground-breaking methods.
Process control knowledge
  • Understands statistical concepts such as Gaussian distribution, standard deviation, confidence level, analysis of variance (ANOVA), interactions, and process capability.
  • Can apply statistical process control (SPC) tools such as run charts, gage R&R studies, dot plots, and box plots to assembly processes.
  • Understands how to set up and use design of experiments (DOE) to determine process variable contribution and interaction.

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