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Sr RF Technician at National instruments

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Austin, Texas

Job Description:

Why NI?

For 40 years, National Instruments has worked with engineers and scientists to provide answers to the most challenging questions. Through these pursuits, NI customers have brought hundreds of thousands of products to market, overcome innumerable technological roadblocks, and engineered a better life for us all.   Historically, National Instruments has been a top 100 employer of choice as ranked by several different sources.  If you want to work on cool stuff at a cool company, you’re in the right place!  Here’s a snippet of some of our core industry leadership.

Watch Video:  40 Years of NI Success

  • 5 G – Setting world records in spectral efficiency using MIMO

  • Internet of Things (IoT) - With NI’s technology providing unmatched capabilities in measurement, control, ruggedness, and connectivity, along with our expert ecosystem, you can realize the benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) today.

  • Semiconductor - NI semiconductor test customers report 10X improvement in test times while maintaining measurement and performance requirements.

  • Autonomous Automotive - As vehicles advance towards autonomous operation, test engineers face drastically increasing system complexity while dealing with ever present cost and time pressure.

  • Aerospace & Defense -  NI provides industry-leading performance and accuracy with best-in-class synchronization for large systems, so you can get to the right decision faster.

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Senior RF Test Technician

The RF Technician’s responsibilities are focused in the areas of microwave/millimeterwave circuit alignment and test and subsystems test to meet specifications & shipping schedules. The RF Technician will support production activities within a group concentrating on advanced microwave subsystems for applications including microwave front ends, transceivers, wideband tuners and synthesized sources. Duties include RF circuit alignment, circuit card testing and troubleshooting, subsystem product alignment and testing, collecting and documenting test data and providing feedback to manufacturing engineers on production products.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Test, troubleshoot, and build various high performance electronic products used by the general test & measurement, and telecommunication industry, such as; synthesizer, up-converter/down-converter, oscillator, and transceiver

  • Perform final product and board testing in accordance with all written procedures including calibration and quality system procedures

  • Provide general test/trouble-shoot assistance to engineering (with New Product Introduction - NPI)  and manufacturing operations.

  • Help support the electrical repair of factory returned products, and occasionally help with the refurbishment of products.

  • Complete all paperwork accurately for each job completed

  • Meet all set productivity & schedule, and performance standards; follow proper safety procedures as required

  • Review, red-line, and initiate Manufacturing Change Request (MCO) or Engineering Change Request (ECR) as necessary to keep test procedure, test specification, and related documents up-to-date and accurate


  • 5 years of relevant experience in high frequency (20 GHz or higher) RF circuitry, module, and sub-system test and trouble shooting

  • Troubleshooting to component level a must.

  • RF & Microwave Test experience a must. Familiar to use and operate RF & Microwave Test Equipment (Spectrum Analyzer, VNA, Power Meter, Signal Analyzer, etc.)

  • Ability to communicate constructively with engineers, assembler, and technicians throughout the organization is essential.

  • Extensive knowledge of operation, troubleshooting and control of test & measurement equipment.

  • A solid understanding of analog and digital circuits and theory.

  • Self-motivated to learn new things on your own or through training, and a willingness to teach what you've learned to the rest of the team.

  • Ability to work under microscope for long period of time (up to 2 hours continuously) and eye-hand coordination to perform probing & measuring microcircuit performance.

  • AA degree in electronics, or equivalent.

  • Excellent time-management, interpersonal, and communication skills.

  • Soldering ability is a plus.