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Electronics Technician

The ARA Electromagnetic Testing & Technology Development Center in San Antonio, TX is looking for candidates for the position of Electronics Technician. In this role, you will assist the Engineering and Scientific staff in performing laboratory and field testing as well as developing new electromagnetic measurement technologies. In addition to your technical role, you will assist with purchasing, property inventory, and shipping and receiving.

Skills Required

  • Be able to operate electronic test equipment and make measurements.
    • Digital Multimeter
    • Digital Oscilloscope
    • RF Spectrum Analyzer
    • RF Vector Network Analyzer
    • Audio and RF Signal Generators
  • Be able to safely use hand tools and basic power tools – including soldering surface mount components.
  • Be able to read schematic diagrams, assemble test setups and build prototype circuitry.
  • Be able to accurately and neatly document work in a laboratory notebook that others can use.
    • Test setup block diagrams
    • Schematics
    • Instrument settings
    • Results
  • Work well in a team environment comprised of other technicians, engineers, scientists, and technical managers.
  • Work in a Research and Development and Testing environment mostly without written work instructions or procedures.

What makes a great Technician?

  • Enthusiastic team player with lots of initiative and a positive “can do” attitude
  • Strong work ethic – honest, set high goals, willing to respond to stretch goals, and flexible in terms of working hours, work location and work environment
  • Strong Communications – Collaboration – Commitment
  • Application of technical skills and practical knowledge to solve challenging problems related to
    • RF Testing
    • Electro-mechanical design and fabrication
    • Logistics
    • High Voltage construction and operating practices
  • Reliable – can be counted on to meet project deadlines, consistently produces superior work with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Flexible – willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Eagerness to learn new skills, be unafraid of the unknown.

What you’ll be doing

  • Perform layout, fabrication, assembly and installation of experimental or test hardware.
  • Set up and operate test equipment, test apparatus and diagnostic sensors.
  • Contribute to test planning – assist with developing the test process and flow, writing procedures, and building check lists, tables and forms to facilitate a smooth test flow.
  • Perform calibration and checkout of test equipment prior to field testing.
  • Assist engineers and scientists in performing laboratory experiments and tests using high voltage and RF test equipment.
  • Build hardware and circuitry needed for laboratory and field testing.
  • Assist with field test logistics. Building packing lists and ordering equipment, materials and supplies. Pack equipment for shipment. Pack and drive truck (up to 26ft. box style Penske type) to and from field test locations. Unload truck and check-in field test equipment and materials upon return.
  • Assist with field test conduct, assembling test hardware, instrumenting test articles, operating data acquisition equipment, recording test article responses to test environments and disassembly, packing and return of the test equipment to the laboratory.
  • Field testing may require travel between 25-50% time and for as long as 4 weeks in the field.   Travel may be to CONUS and OCONUS field locations.
  • Request quotations from vendors, generate purchase request documentation, get purchase request approvals, place orders, follow-up with vendors after order placement and receive incoming equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Assist with inventory and maintenance of government property.
  • Help organize and keep laboratories clean and presentable and assist with general facility maintenance.
  • Assist with general shipping and receiving activities.


  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must have or be capable of obtaining a Secret or higher Department of Defense Security Clearance
  • Possess military electronics training, a certificate in electronics training from a vocational school, or an Associate’s Degree or higher in electronics.
  • Must have 3-5 years of directly applicable experience in addition to training
  • Must be able to successfully pass a US DOT physical examination

Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.



Applied Research Associates, Inc. is a growing employee-owned international research, engineering and technology services company. ARA supports career growth and rewards innovation, self-motivation, and technical excellence. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies and services, civil technologies and services, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA offers competitive salaries (DOE), outstanding benefits including stock ownership, medical and dental coverage, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, a combination 401(k) profit sharing and money purchase pension plan, annual bonuses, and professional development programs. We realize that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. Our motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” encapsulates the culture that drives ARA’s success. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at


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