W. M. Keck Observatory
  • highly competitive salary

403(b) plan, a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade), and an unmatched focus on excellence. Some of our positions offer relocation assistance and we even pay 100% employee health insurance!

W.M. Keck Observatory in Kamuela, HI is calling all dedicated CAD Team Leads to apply to join our amazing team full-time!


We are a top observatory company that invests in our team and offers real opportunities for career growth. This management position works a full-time Mon-Fri schedule and earns a competitive wage. We provide our CAD lead great benefits and perks, including a 403(b) plan, a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade), and an unmatched focus on excellence. Additionally, we offer some positions relocation assistance and we even pay 100% employee health insurance! We also make it easy to apply! If we have your attention, please continue reading!


From Hawaii's Maunakea, astronomers around the world use our observatory to observe the universe with unprecedented power and precision. Our twin observatory telescopes are the world's most scientifically productive optical and infrared telescopes! With our highly advanced technology, we focus on service and stewardship and are very committed to being the science leader in large land-based telescopes. We support the mission of the observatory and work to unravel the mysteries of the universe!

Each employee is a part of our mission. We provide meaningful jobs and a lively place to pursue careers here. Employees are able to grow and work with a variety of equipment and scientific applications for the good of humanity and pure science. We work in a wonderful setting and environment and are passionate about what we do. We're looking for more individuals to join us!


We are looking for someone who is motivated to do quality work and further their career as a CAD Team Lead. Ask yourself: Are you ready to take your career to the next level with a highly respected and stable company? Can you instill the pride of workmanship in helping us grow? Are you looking for high career growth and earning potential? If so, we want to meet you!


As a CAD Team Lead, you provide overall management of the observatory CAD data and standards, PDM system, engineering data configuration control, and DWG release process. You develop and implement standards and tools to foster and balance consistency, quality, and efficiency across the engineering design cycle environment.

Your work is vital to our growth and success! You develop, author, and maintain everything from CAD modeling and design to engineering data configuration standards. You ensure quality, maintain systems and cycles, and perform reviews and checks. You LOVE keeping busy, utilizing your skills, guiding team members, and helping out wherever else you can.

If you can do this and meet the following CAD management requirements, apply today!

  • 5+ years experience in SolidWorks modeling and assembly management
  • 2+ years of experience as a CAD PDM (product data management) Administrator
  • Expertise in CAD data configuration management, large assembly management, and drawing release life cycles
  • Proficiency in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT) per ASME Y14.5
  • Proficiency in component and assembly drawing generation to ASME Y14.100


Are you results-oriented? Do you have exceptional troubleshooting skills with the ability to efficiently resolve issues? Can you achieve challenging goals and objectives on a regular basis? Are you positive and professional? Do you enjoy mentoring others? Can you effectively prioritize multiple tasks? Do you have excellent communication skills, including the ability to explain technical information in layman's terms? If you answered yes, apply as a CAD Team Lead now using our initial quick and easy mobile-optimized application.

Location: 96743

W. M. Keck Observatory
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