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Mechanical Assembly Technician - Hotbox Assembly (Contract)

Company: Picarro
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: November 15, 2023

Job Description:

Mechanical Assembly Technician - Hotbox Assembler (Contract)

Location: Santa Clara, CA (on-site)

Job Term: Contract (-3-6 months)

The Opportunity:

Picarro is looking for a Mechanical Assembly Technician who will be responsible for building a variety of electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical assemblies. Most relevant skills and experience to be successful in the position are proper handling of optical components and ESD-sensitive parts, use of adhesives (DP420, UV epoxy), harnessing, following work instructions and schematics, working with tubing and compression fittings, soldering under a microscope, and operating in a team environment.

The ideal candidate would also have experience using hand tools, doing SMT work, able to lift 30 lbs, stand or sit for long periods of time, and use of Microsoft suite of products (especially Teams, Excel, and Outlook).


  • Completing a variety of assemblies - (skills and abilities needed)

    • Gas Handling - use of valves, tubing (SS and PTFE), compression fittings.
    • Electro-Mechanical enclosures - wire/cable harnessing, soldering, ESD, torque wrenches and screwdrivers, and DVM.
    • Opto-Mechanical components - optics cleaning and handling, microscope use at least 4+ hours each shift, use of epoxies, laser safety.

    • Demonstrating consistent work habits:

      • Complying to the shift schedule and allocated break times.
      • Starting and finishing assigned tasks within the time given.
      • Completing worksheets, checklists, and data entries as required.
      • Planning and preparation for upcoming tasks - able to create and adhere to "to do" lists, work plans, work schedules, or project plans.
      • Prompt in communicating status, responding to requests, or answering questions.
      • Bringing up safety issues.
      • Giving suggestions for improvement.


        • BS in Mechanical Engineering highly preferred.
        • BS in Industrial Engineering, Electronics, Electrical, or Optical Engineering preferred.
        • AS degrees in the disciplines above also accepted.
        • Minimum 1 year in Manufacturing environment highly preferred.
        • Combined 6 months of internship or apprenticeship in technology sector preferred.
        • Communicate in verbal and written English.
        • Physically able to stand or sit for extended periods of time (80-90% of shift).

          Core Competencies:

          • Growth mindset - viewpoint that skills and abilities can be acquired through continuous learning and improvement.
          • Problem-solving - arriving at root cause through a methodical gathering of data, analysis, experimentation, evaluation, and logical conclusion.
          • Teamwork - balancing achievement of both individual and group goals, initiative in asking co-workers what help they need.
          • Communication - comfortable in expressing ideas in a coherent and deliberate manner in both spoken and written form.


            The base salary range for this full-time position is $41,000 - $75,000. Your base salary will be determined based on the location, experience, qualification, skills, knowledge, level, and pay of employees in similar positions.

            About Picarro:

            Picarro, Inc. is the world's leading producer of greenhouse gas and optical isotope instruments, which are used in a wide variety of scientific and industrial applications, including: atmospheric science, air quality, greenhouse gas measurements, gas leak detection, food safety, hydrology, ecology, and more. The company's products are all designed and manufactured at Picarro's Santa Clara, California headquarters and exported to countries worldwide. Picarro's products are based on dozens of patents related to cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) technology. Picarro's solutions are unparalleled in their precision, ease of use, portability, and reliability.

            Honors awarded the company include the World Economic Forum Technology Innovation Pioneer, IHS CERA Energy Innovation Pioneer, the U.S. Department of Energy Small Business of the Year, the TiE50 Winner and the Red Herring Global 100 Winner.

            All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, gender identity, social orientation, nor on the basis of disability. Posted positions are not open to third party recruiters/agencies and unsolicited resume submissions will be considered free referrals.

            If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accomodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact Picarro, Inc. at for assistance.

Keywords: Picarro, Santa Clara , Mechanical Assembly Technician - Hotbox Assembly (Contract), Professions , Santa Clara, California

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