Apply Now

Description/Job Summary

The Electronics Technician III is accountable to the Range Tracking Systems (RTS) Work Group Lead (WGL) for the overall support of in-scope work in WBS 150.   This includes providing technical support to ensure timely completion of work while meeting or exceeding quality standards.  This position receives technical guidance from the RTS WGL , and on occasion the senior coworkers such as the Field Service Engineers.  Work is reviewed for compliance with accepted practices.


  1. Configure, operate and maintain fixed and mobile telemetry and tracking radar systems and associated signal processing equipment in support of the Dryden Aeronautical Tracking Range at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center.
  2. In the event of system failure, perform methodical troubleshooting using a variety of calibrated test equipment and software tools. Understand system signal flow, and use RF, electronics, and software knowledge to identify failed equipment to the component level. Accurately document preventative and corrective maintenance activities as required by quality standards.
  3. Assist Field Service Engineers with the design, development, fabrication, installation and testing of hardware and software system modifications and upgrades.

Perform other related duties as required by management to include supporting other work centers during surges.  This may include cross training into other functional areas to meet overall contract performance objectives. Assist with general housekeeping of the work area. May be required to support safety, environmental or tower climbing activities.

Required Experience

At least five years of related experience, including one year of senior technician experience.

Required Education

Associates Degree in Electronics Technology or a similar field.  In lieu of the Associates Degree, High School graduate or High School equivalency and completion of formal training in an accredited commercial or military electronics school.

Required Qualifications

  • Thorough understanding of electronics fundamentals to include operation and identification of active and passive components like resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors, relays, and  transformers. 
  • Thorough understanding of RF fundamentals to include parabolic antenna theory, frequency, amplitude, and phase modulation, multi-path, refraction, and Doppler. Familiarity with RF components like mixers, amplifiers, dividers, couplers, and filters. 
  • Ability to configure and operate computers running Windows and Linux based operating systems. Knowledge of common business applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Visio.
  •  Ability to clearly communicate system status and performance in writing and over voice-networks with teammates and customers in the English language. 
  • Ability to successfully complete  the NASA soldering course
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Government Secret Security Clearance
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license 


Range environment with work at remote locations, prolonged sitting while using the computer and the telephone, constant use of sight abilities, constant use of speech/hearing abilities for communication, constant mental alertness. Ability to work extended and flexible hours including some nights and weekends.  Ability to pass a heavy equipment physical exam required to operate motorized equipment such as fork lifts, bucket lifts and platform personnel lifts. Ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. Ability to climb stairs and ladders.  Work location is in a desert environment, and employees are in contact with various desert wildlife.  Occasional travel is required. 
Apply Now

Arcata Associates is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.