Hiring a PCB Assembly Technician

Department: Engineering
Reports To: Vice President of Product Development
Last Updated: 6.7.2024
Location: Tucson, AZ
Status & Salary: Non-Exempt, Hourly Part-Time.

Summary of Role

Assembly technicians play a critical role in manufacturing and maintaining electronic devices. They work with printed circuit boards, the foundation of most electronic systems. The PCB Assembly Technician will work closely with engineers and production teams to ensure timely and accurate assembly of electronic circuits.

Essential Duties for the PCB Assembly Technician

Component Preparation & Placement

  • Prepare electronic components for assembly, including trimming, bending, and cleaning as necessary.
  • Manually position components onto PCBs using appropriate tools (tweezers, etc.)

Equipment Operation

  • Occasionally operate simple equipment during assembly.

Hardware Installation

  • Install fixed or turning hardware on PCBs.

Quality Control

  • Conduct visual inspections and functional tests to verify the quality and functionality of assembled PCBs, identifying and rectifying any defects or discrepancies. Ensuring the quality and accuracy of assembled PCBs is essential.


  • Utilize soldering techniques to attach components onto PCBs, ensuring proper connections and adherence to quality standards.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Reasonable accommodation may be made for individuals with medical limitations or disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting engineering drawings, schematics, and assembly instructions. Strong soldering skills and familiarity with electronic components and their functions.
  • Able to process new information quickly, logically, and autonomously to solve problems or challenges. Able to apply general rules to specific problems to produce sensible and reasonable answers.
  • Able to identify opportunities for improvement and champion change that supports our vision and values.
  • Strong interpersonal skills which positively benefit interaction with internal and external clientele; Comfortable working in a team environment.
  • Good comprehension and communication skills, with the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through verbal communication;
  • Strong time management skills; Must be detail-oriented, able to plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment; Effectively self-manages to accomplish short-term and long-term goals or tasks.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to troubleshoot assembly issues, identify root causes, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and self-control.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate safely in the workplace, with experience holding themselves accountable to safety standards.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and work in a fast-paced production environment with tight deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, dedicated to being current technically, and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Strong understanding of company missions and goals and how that relates to our customer service standards.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Some vocational training in electronics.
  • Familiarity with PCB assembly techniques.
  • Soldering certifications desired.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with medical limitations or disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to operate in a laboratory environment, working in and around critical hardware.
  • Able to comfortably lift 25 lb.
  • Able to work on circuit boards for extended periods of time.
  • Able to handle delicate components and work with precision.
  • Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.

About FreeFall Aerospace

Founded in 2016 as a spin-off from the University of Arizona, FreeFall Aerospace is developing low-cost antenna solutions for ground and space. The company’s innovative antenna systems use its patented technologies to fill critical gaps in the antenna industry for commercial and government customers. For comprehensive information about FreeFall Aerospace and its cutting-edge communications solutions, visit www.freefallaerospace.com.

Email resumé and cover letter to info@freefallaerospace.com