W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Minimum starting salary of $66,426 to $79,292 per year.
  • Salary

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).

W. M. Keck Observatory in Kamuela, HI is looking to hire a full-time Senior Electronics Technician to provide technical support for our daily telescope operations. Are you an experienced electronics technician with the ability to lead and mentor others? Do you want to work with a mission-based organization that treats you well? Would you like to be part of a great team that values your talents and abilities? If so, please read on!

This electronic technology position earns competitive compensation with a minimum starting salary of $66,426 to $79,292 per year. We provide excellent 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 electronic technology 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 a Senior Electronics Technician, you are a vital member of our observatory's staff. To be ready for the night's observing, our electrical and electronics hardware needs constant upkeep, which you and your team provide. You come to work each day, ready to provide hands-on service of electrical and electronics hardware, including troubleshooting, maintenance, improvement implementation, performance monitoring, fabrication, and equipment testing. Working closely with the operations engineers, you also assist with complex breakdowns and repairs.

As you monitor the observatory's nightly operational logs, you pinpoint problems that need to be addressed. Sometimes, this requires replacing components or assemblies. Other times, you devise an interim solution until a permanent fix can be made. Creative and analytical, you are up to the task, and you train your team to be just as versatile. Conscientious about documentation, you work with our various engineers to keep the schematics updated whenever changes are made.

Each day is a new challenge as you work with a variety of systems and equipment. Among others, you maintain the telescope systems, which include motors, hydraulic actuators, and optics. You keep up the shop by repairing and calibrating the testing equipment, along with other items. A team player, you pitch in wherever else you're needed, even driving co-workers to the summit or shoveling snow. You are proud to take part in the awe-inspiring work of expanding our understanding of the universe!


  • Associate degree in electronics, an engineering degree, or equivalent experience
  • 8+ years of experience working in a technical or science operations environment
  • Knowledge about the fabrication, maintenance, and repair of electrical and electronic equipment
  • Basic programming skills
  • Ability to read complex schematics and build a circuit board
  • Ability to operate a variety of test equipment, such as oscilloscopes, analyzers, pulse generators, and function generators
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements for the job, including the capacity to lift up to 75 pounds, work in extreme cold (32 degrees), work at 14,000 ft. above sea level, and pass a high-altitude physical exam

The ability to program in PLC Ladder Logic is preferred. Experience working at an astronomical observatory, operating a large control system, working with liquid nitrogen, or handling sensitive optics and instrumentation is also preferred.

Do you possess excellent communication skills both verbal and written? Are you a team player who thrives on collaboration and cooperation? Do you lead and encourage others? Are you respectful and considerate? If yes, you might just be perfect for this electronic technology position!


This electronic technology position works a full-time schedule near the summit of Maunakea at 14,000 feet elevation. You may occasionally work nights, weekends and provide off-hours phone support.


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

Location: 96743

W. M. Keck Observatory
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