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Research Engineer I
CO - Golden
Position Type
Hours Per Week
Working at NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
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 ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.
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Job Description
Metrology Technician position supporting the operations and development of the NREL Metrology Laboratory by providing routine maintenance and calibration of measurement and test equipment, and providing administrative support in compliance with NREL’s Metrology Laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Performs routine maintenance and calibration of test instruments under direct supervision of scientific and technical staff.
  • Maintains a safe, clean, and organized operating environment in accordance with NREL’s safety policies and procedures.
  • Assists senior technical staff with experimental set up, including soldering, cabling, and wiring data acquisition instruments.
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of the metrology operations database.
  • Perform general metrology laboratory administration, including equipment purchases, calibration due notification, receive/accept incoming MTE, inspect incoming MTE, schedule MTE for calibration, update calibration database, file MTE calibration reports, and coordinate the return of MTE to owner.
Work Schedule: Standard 40-hour work week, Monday through Friday. Typical work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some flexibility, occasional overtime and weekend work is required
Basic Qualifications
Relevant Bachelor's Degree . Limited use and application of engineering principles, theories and concepts. Good written and verbal communication skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Associate's degree in electrical engineering plus metrology training, or Military training (Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory-PMEL, or similar).
  • Two to five years of bench-level calibration experience, including electrical/electronic instruments, temperature/humidity probes, pressure transducers, and scales.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of metrology practices, calibration procedure development, and test instruments (especially multifunction calibrators, oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters and general-purpose test instruments). Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Effective computer skills for document generation, basic data analysis tools, and basic data acquisition.
  • Ability to interpret and develop electronic circuits.
  • Capable of routinely lifting 70 lbs.
  • Exhibits attention to detail with high levels of innovation, initiative and integrity.
  • Must have (or be able to obtain) and maintain a valid Colorado driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiar with ISO 17025 accreditation and Fluke’s Asset Management and Calibration Software.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Researcher I / Annual Salary Range: $63,600 - $104,900
NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, 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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If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.
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