W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Minimum starting salary of $113,465 to $138,140 per year.
  • Salary

4 weeks of annual paid vacation, 100%-paid employee health insurance, a 403(b) plan, a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade), and an unmatched focus on excellence

W. M. Keck Observatory in Kamuela, HI is looking to hire a full-time Electronics Engineer Manager to oversee the operations of our electrical engineering department and systems. Can you see the big picture and break it down to its technical details? Would you like to work for a respected organization with a noble mission? Do you want a position where you are treated fairly and valued? If so, please read on!

This electrical engineer position earns competitive compensation with a minimum starting salary of $113,465 to $138,140 per year. We provide fantastic benefits, including 4 weeks of annual paid vacation, 100%-paid employee health insurance, a 403(b) plan, and a tuition assistance program for dependent children (K - 12th grade). If this sounds like the right electrical engineer opportunity for you, apply today!



From Hawaiʻi's Maunakea, astronomers from around the world have the privilege of observing the universe from a place that holds extreme importance to the indigenous Native Hawaiian people. Our twin telescopes are among the world's most powerful tools for unraveling the mysteries of the universe. We focus on service and stewardship to carry out our mission and do good for our community.

Each employee is a part of our mission. We provide meaningful jobs to pursue careers in a special place with a tight-knit community held together by a beautiful host culture. We are passionate about what we do. We're looking for more individuals to join us!



As the Electronics Engineer Manager, you are a capable leader who manages our staff of electrical engineers as well as designs and maintains electronic systems and components. You are a communicative and knowledgeable person who provides our staff members with managerial and technical guidance and creates an environment where they can learn and thrive. By assessing our staff and providing regular performance feedback, you identify areas for improvement and help coach our team to strengthen those areas. Attentive to detail, you handle administrative matters such as verifying time and payment information and assigning work to direct reports. As needed, you offer tactical support for staff during astronomical observations.

You also provide technical leadership for our observatory's electronics and related infrastructure systems such as telescope, dome, and active mirror controls. Keeping our observatory's current and future capabilities in mind, you develop electrical architecture, systems, and components while ensuring all designs meet technical and industry standards. You play a hands-on role in the development, fabrication, assembly, and integration of hardware as well as oversee the development of electronics using custom components. Safety is always at the forefront of your mind, so you develop and maintain a risk register and create mitigation strategies to keep staff safe and minimize risks.

You help keep our observatory optimally operating by maintaining electrical and interface-related standards, generating system documentation and manuals, developing preventative maintenance plans, and creating strategic plans for equipment upgrades and improvements. Additionally, you help us meet annual financial and strategic goals by providing technical, budgeting, and scheduling inputs to our project managers. You take great pride in effectively leading teams and maintaining our electrical engineering systems!



  • Bachelor's degree in electrical or electronics engineering OR relevant experience
  • 5+ years of experience in electrical or electronics engineering OR a related technical discipline
  • 5+ years of experience managing personnel or project teams
  • Experience integrating complex, high-performance electrical hardware and software
  • Experience implementing programmable logic controllers (PLCs), analog and digital equipment, computer interfaces, and real-time control systems
  • Experience with schematic capture and printed circuit board (PCB) design and layout
  • Experience with the design, debug, simulation, and validation of electronic circuits and products
  • Familiarity with system-level specifications, hardware specifications, interface control documents, and preliminary and detailed design documents
  • Familiarity with various standards such as the National Electrical Code (NEC), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
  • Valid driver's license and clean driving record

Experience working with motion control systems, interface standards, and data capture and analysis tools would be preferred. Are you an excellent problem solver with strong critical thinking skills? Do you have strong planning and time management skills? Can you successfully mentor a team and help them grow? Are you extremely precise and careful with your work? Do you have great interpersonal skills? If yes, you might just be perfect for this electrical engineer position!



This electrical engineer position works a full-time schedule including some weeknights and weekends and will provide occasional off-hours phone support.



If you feel that you would be right for this electrical engineer job, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!

Location: 96743

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