Engineering Designer

Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA 16802
Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA 16802
Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA 16802
Job Description


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We are searching an Engineering Designer to join our Mechanical and Electrical Design & Drafting Department of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University. ARL’s purpose is to develop innovative solutions to challenging national problems in support of the Navy, DoD, and Intel communities engineering and technology needs. This position will facilitate the design and manufacture of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) in support of ARL’s research offices.

You will:

  • Support basic / intermediate research utilizing PCB software

  • Create basic / intermediate schematics, PCBs, assemblies, library parts, bills of materials, and other documentation

  • Create drawing formats, notes, and manufacturing information

  • Assist in material selection, tolerance analysis, and manufacturing analysis

  • Provide work status updates to senior personnel

  • Participate in design review meetings as requested

  • Perform tasks related to documentation control, copying, filing, and database entry

  • Respond to requests for information from purchasing and manufacturing teams

This position will be filled as a level 1 or level 2 depending upon the candidate’s education and experience. Typically requires an Associate’s degree or higher in a Drafting or related discipline and 1+ years of experience , or an equivalent combination of education and experience for Level 1. Additional experience and/or experience required for higher level positions.

Required experience areas include:

  • Familiarity with electronic circuits and components, preferably analog and digital design

  • Layout and design using PCB software for component creation, schematic layout, and PCB design; Altium preferred but not required

  • Documentation of design, manufacturing, component placement, and parts lists

  • Design Configuration Management (CM) using a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software (Teamcenter preferred) is a plus

  • Certification or familiarization with IPC standards is a plus

  • Preferred experience in Microsoft Office and Adobe products

These positions are required to be 100% on-site, but options may exist for a hybrid work from office and work from home scenario dependent upon research requirements.

You will be subject to a government security investigation, and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on ARL, visit our web site at


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