SMT Machine Operator, Full Time

Operate a range of automated assembly equipment for manufacturing circuit board assemblies

Pay: $17.00 / hour

Shift: M - F 8 am - 5 pm

Department: Production

About SparkFun

Since 2003, SparkFun has been helping turn ideas into reality – whether you’re creating a smart weather station, exploring the frontier of machine learning, building a robot for school or prototyping your first (or tenth) product. No matter your vision or skill level, our open source components, resources and online tutorials are designed to broaden access to innovative technology and make the road to a finished project shorter.

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 resides 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 350 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 SMT Machine Operator

The SMT Machine Operator is responsible for running a variety of pieces of machinery including stencil printers, pick and place machines, reflow ovens, selective solder machines, board washers, and automated optical inspection(AOI) machines. This is the start of the overall board assembly process, and is an integral one in setting the pace for the rest of the assembly process.

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

The SMT Machine Operator is expected to perform all necessary duties and responsibilities required to ensure a steady flow of products off of the automated assembly line in a timely matter. The SMT Machine Operator is expected to work with general supervision, getting assistance from other operators/managers when needed. Must be able to assist others when needed, especially an operator-in-training. Must demonstrate excellence in communication and problem solving in a team environment. Prior PCB assembly equipment operations experience is not required. We will train the candidate that is best fit for the position.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Running a complete build including setup, building, and tear down processes.
  • Stenciling accurately and efficiently at a high level of complexity.
  • Pick and Place Machine, Stencil Printer, Automated Optical Inspection, Reflow Oven & Selective Soldering Operation
  • Taking initiative to get the equipment operations area up and running if first to arrive.
  • Coordinating with other Machine Operators in order to streamline the entire PCB assembly process
  • Soldering of PTH(plated through hole) components on initial article to allow for testing.
  • Complete inspection and testing of each initial article before continuing with full production run.
  • Accurately estimate and record build times utilizing SparkFun production tools (software).
  • Perform general maintenance on equipment when applicable.

Skills Required:

  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time (4-7 hours per day)
  • Experience with SMD(surface mount device) & PTH(plated through hole) soldering
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Consistent work habits, including reliability, punctuality, honesty, & self-motivation
  • Experience with Google's suite of products (i.e. GMail, Sheets, Docs, etc)
  • Must be able to work effectively in a collaborative, team environment

SparkFun Benefits & Perks

At SparkFun, we ask a lot of our employees, and that’s why we give so much in return. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical/dental/vision plan
  • Matching 401(k),
  • A casual dress code for you
  • Dogs - yes, we bring dogs to work
  • Full gym with climbing wall. If that’s not your style we offer a monthly gym stipend or onsite yoga
  • We have a great employee discount and opportunities to create and share content with the SparkFun community
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Paid time to volunteer
  • EcoPass (public transportation pass)
  • Paid time off + Sick Time
  • Summer BBQs, work parties, and more!

SparkFun Electronics COVID-19 Policy

SparkFun Electronics is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and maintain up to date vaccinations when possible (I.e. booster shots). Employees may claim an exemption based on religious or medical reasons.

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