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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Electronics & Mechanical Research Technician in Boulder, Colorado

Posting Title

Electronics & Mechanical Research Technician



CO - Boulder


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



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Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and DOE safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. Upon hire, new employees must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. All employees must have completed vaccinations by November 1, 2021.

Working at NREL

NREL’s 305-acre Flatirons Campus is the nation’s premier wind energy, water power, and grid integration research facility. Nestled south of Boulder, Colorado, and north of NREL’s main South Table Mountain campus, Flatirons sits adjacent to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and countless acres of open space and parks with stunning views of the Flatirons rock formations.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

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Job Description

NREL is looking for an accomplished and dynamic candidate with a positive attitude and excellent collaboration skills to join our Marine Energy research technician team. The ideal candidate will bring an understanding of electro-mechanical skills to assist in the design, construction, installation and operation and demobilization of instrumentation systems on a variety of marine energy technologies from small subcomponents to utility scale devices.

  • This position will be on-site at the Flatiron campus location near Boulder, CO.

  • The primary responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Candidate will possess electronic troubleshooting techniques and be familiar with the specific test and measurement equipment

  • Working knowledge of electronic circuitry, components, and test equipment.

  • Data acquisition systems experience

  • Basic Instrumentation and Controls experience

  • Can prepare documentation to produce traceable information paths including instrument calibration, system engineering, and CAD drawings

  • Must have the ability to work in confined spaces

  • Travel required to offsite projects (>25%)

For the Research Technician Level II position:

The Research Technician Level II works under general guidance and supervision from the manager and senior analysts. The Level II has general knowledge and intermediate to advanced skills in research techniques and practices.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Research Technician Level II:

  • Variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity

  • Established procedures for routine work, but may perform some non-routine tasks requiring the exercise of independent judgement.

  • Responsible for applying or developing new procedures.

For the Research Technician Level III position:

The Research Technician Level III functions independently with minimal supervision and guidance. The Level III has an in-depth understanding and wide application of the technical principles, theories, and concepts.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Research Technician Level III:

  • Provide technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems.

  • Impact of work is typically to a well-defined area of a project or specific assignment.

  • Solid communication, interpersonal, project management, and customer relation skills.

  • Work is reviewed for soundness of judgement and overall accuracy


Basic Qualifications

For Level II

High School Diploma or equivalent and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

For Level III

High School Diploma or equivalent and 7 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Intermediate skills in research techniques and practices.

  • Good written, verbal, team, interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Basic computer skills and Microsoft software suite skills.

  • Understands and applies QA/QC procedures

  • Must be able to interact and communicate well with other technicians, engineers, and scientists.

  • Must have a professional and courteous demeanor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with heavy equipment including aerial lifts, overhead cranes, scissor lifts, fork lifts etc.

  • Experience in mechanical fabrication and assembly a plus

  • Must have the ability to work suspended and at heights in excess of 400' on testing apparatus, meteorological towers, and test articles.

  • Knowledgeable of marine energy validation and testing activities

  • Sufficient manual dexterity to operate computers, tools, equipment, and vehiclesSufficient flexibility to bend, twist and reach as to load and unload equipment, supplies or tools

  • Candidate must have or be able to qualify for a TWIC Card

  • Experience with the working dynamics in a shipyard and aboard vessels


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $45,700 - $73,000

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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