Board Assembly Technician

SparkFun Electronics Inc
Job Description
About SparkFun

SparkFun Electronics is an open source e-retailer focused on making embedded electronics accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. SparkFun was instrumental in creating the Open Source movement and remains a leader dedicated to making it more commonplace. We strive to educate, encourage, and supply our customers in all things electronic.

In 2003, CU student Nate Seidle shorted a programmer in his dorm room and, in lieu of a way to order easy replacements, decided to start his own company. Since then, SparkFun has been committed to sustainably helping our world achieve electronics literacy from our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. No matter your vision, SparkFun’s products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible. In addition to over 2,000 open source components and widgets, SparkFun offers curriculum, training and online tutorials designed to help demystify the wonderful world of embedded electronics. We’re here to help you start something.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. SparkFun offers an abundance of opportunities to learn new skills from other Funions, in addition to many other benefits and perks.

About the Department

This position will reside in The Board Assembly Team. The Board Assembly team is a subset of the Production Department. The Board Assembly team is responsible for the creation of over 200 unique PCB assemblies that are crucial to the sustenance of SparkFun's product offerings. The team is comprised of many unique individuals, each bringing their own set of skills and abilities. Quality, consistency, and efficiency are the driving metrics within The Board Assembly team.

About SparkFun's Next Board Assembly Technician

Pay: $14.00/Hour
Shift: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

The primary responsibility of the Board Assembly Technician is to test, rework and assemble circuit boards with an emphasis on high quality & efficiency. The Final Board Assembly Technician is responsible for completing the PCB assembly, and ensuring it is ready for customer use. This includes any rework needed to fix the assembly, final test code and/or bootloader code uploading, and 100% in-circuit testing of every product to ensure full functionality.

Working closely with all other members of The Board Assembly Team, the Final Board Assembly Technician will ensure that SparkFun built products are available for sale at all times, and replenished as quickly as possible when they run out.

The right candidate will have a strong attention to detail, being able to spot errors or potential errors quickly and take action to correct them. In addition, this ideal candidate will be able to take on repetitive tasks without losing focus or speed.

Essential Job Functions
  • Assemble & rework circuit boards
    • Receive daily batches from Lead Final Assembly Technician or Board Assembly Manager
    • Handle all assembly & rework stages of the build process using equipment such as soldering irons and hot air rework tools
    • Hand solder, both PTH(plated through hole) and SMD(surface mount device), components efficiently
    • Read and understand a Bill of Materials (BOM) for initial assessment of the build & trouble-shooting
    • Inspect & identify errors on all components used in circuit board population
  • Test circuit boards:
    • Utilizing the internal ERP system, follow written test procedures to test full functionality of most assemblies
    • When applicable, utilize a general understanding of electronics to perform "visual inspection" of boards to identify errors
  • Quality control inspection of all completed batches:
    • Follow established procedures to ensure functional circuit boards are being completed in the build process, including 25% and 100% inspection of completed circuit boards
    • Document and deliver erroneous boards, and communicate potential course of action
  • Maintain an organized & clean work space:
    • Keep workstation, inventory, & all other Board Assembly areas clean & organized
    • Participate in monthly warehouse cleaning
    • Check emails multiple times throughout the day

Required Skills:
  • Attention to detail, time management, & problem-solving skills
  • Experience in PTH population and soldering
  • Experience in SMD solder paste printing & SMD hand population
  • Consistent work habits, including reliability, punctuality, honesty, & self-motivation
  • Experience with Google’s Suite of Products (i.e. GMail, Google Calendar, Docs, etc.)
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
Additional Skills (not required or preferred, just bonus skills):
  • Communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Willingness to participate in team events

Requirements: No prior assembly experience is necessary. Will train the right person(s). However, basic knowledge of soldering and electronics is a PLUS. Ability to multi-task and be FLEXIBLE is a MUST. This is a fast paced and dynamic environment, offering first hand experience in small electronics assembly.
SparkFun Benefits & Perks

SparkFun Electronics offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, in addition to several perks. In regards to benefits, we offer medical, dental, and vision. And, we offer a 401k match, disability, life insurance, and PTO/Sick Time.

SparkFun offers many perks, including but not limited to a dog-friendly workplace, professional development opportunities, an on-site fitness center, lunch and learns, and internal classes to learn from fellow Funions!
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