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Electronic Assembler

Electronic Assembler

Founded in 1987 by the late David Packard, MBARI is dedicated to merging science, engineering, and marine operations for the purpose of developing new instruments, methods, and systems for advancing scientific research in the ocean. Located in Moss Landing, California, the heart of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, MBARI offers ready access to the open ocean and deep sea. Ongoing research programs range across autonomous and remotely operated underwater vehicle systems, control technologies, ocean physics, chemistry, geology, biology, ocean instrumentation, and information management. MBARI hosts approximately 200 employees, with shore facilities that include state-of-the-art science and engineering laboratories, manufacturing and electrical fabrication shops, and dock facilities for MBARI vessels.

MBARI has a position open for an Electronic Assembler. Applicants from all experience levels are encouraged to apply. This position will work closely with engineers and scientists ensuring successful project deployment by assembling and repairing electro-mechanical systems for oceanographic research. The successful applicant will be detail oriented and have a willingness and ability to learn new skills. Training will be provided as appropriate.

For more information about the kind of work the successful applicant will be involved with: 

Primary responsibilities:
• Assemble, rework and repair PCB assemblies, cable harnesses, and electro-mechanical systems.
• Parts procurement.
• Maintain electronic test equipment
• Inspect electronic assemblies for proper installation of electronic components.
• Ensures professional working relations with co-workers and customers; Must be able to work with diverse groups of people.

Required qualifications:
• Must be detail oriented and have a high level of precision and hand-eye coordination.
• High school diploma, or equivalent.
• Ability to work with either general or detailed instructions on daily activities.
• Must be able to work independently and productively with minimum supervision and able to manage multiple tasks.
• Desire to learn new skills as part of a team developing electro-mechanical systems.
• Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Must be service-oriented, flexible, and enjoy working with a variety of staff.
• Basic computer skills with working knowledge of Windows operating system.

Desired qualifications:
• Past manufacturing experience soldering small electronic components, creating custom wire harnesses and cables, and cable management.
• Experience working with small parts while using a microscope.
• The ability to read and interpret electronic schematics, wiring diagrams, and bill of materials.
• Experience with hardware testing using a DMM and power supplies.

Ready to apply?

Job Code: E-Assembler

Please submit a cover letter, including reference to relevant training and/or experience, and a curriculum vitae by e-mail to, or by mail to the below address, or by fax to (831) 775-1659.

Jessica Chapman
Job Code: E-Assembler
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Salary range: $25.00-$48.00 

MBARI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability, life insurance, 403B retirement plan, and paid time off, such as vacation, holiday, and sick leave.

MBARI is a non-profit, private oceanographic research institute, and an equal opportunity employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, age, disability, covered veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local laws.

MBARI Welcomes Diversity