Electronic Planning Specialist

Date: Jun 3, 2021

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Fabrication Engineering Group provides rapid fabrication, assembly, integration, and test of advanced hardware prototypes for national security applications.  Examples include the precision machining of fiber mounts for airborne high energy laser systems, multi-functional structures using additive processes for ground-based radar systems, custom printed circuit boards for space-borne data processing, and highly integrated mechanical packaging for undersea communication terminals. Core mechanical competencies span precision fabrication, additive manufacturing, and 5-axis machining. Core PCB capabilities include automated solder paste dispensers, precise pick-n-place machines, and automated optical inspection systems.  Assembly, integration, and test capabilities include integration spaces, clean rooms, vibration testing, thermal testing, and space simulation chambers.  The Group focuses on quality management, operational proficiency, and technical excellence.

Job Description

Job Overview

The Group seeks a talented, creative, and motivated Printed Circuit Board (PCB)/ cable planner to strengthen the Group’s ability to provide rapid and innovative fabrication solutions.  The successful candidate will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team consisting of program teams, internal shop operations, external vendors, and other group members to lead end-to-end assembly of custom-designed PPCBs and cable assemblies for prototype systems.   The successful candidate has the ability to grow in many exciting areas such as procurement, fabrication and assembly, program management, research and technology development and operations management.  He/she will also have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a state-of-the-art fabrication capability through the implementation of advanced digital engineering processes and the design of a new engineering and prototyping facility.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Oversee end-to-end execution of procurement, fabrication, and assembly jobs, working closely with shop supervisors, vendors, and engineering teams
  • Demonstrate ownership and responsiveness to ensure quality parts are delivered on time to meet program schedules
  • Review engineering  drawings and  Bills of Materials - assess need dates, cost, lead time, feasibility to meet design requirements, and readiness to start build
  • Drive procurement and assembly start to meet program schedules
  • Lead make/buy decisions for PCB and cable assemblies with shop supervisors and engineering team
  • Collaborate with engineering team on assembly procedure development  and generate route information to properly plan fabrication/assembly steps
  • Develop initial delivery dates based on historical data, feedback from vendors and supervisors, scheduling tools, and program schedules
  • Work with engineering team to provide forecast of upcoming work and update priority jobs for internal shops
  • Report on job status to engineering team, especially critical path components and assemblies
  • Utilize existing processes and systems such as SAP to properly enter all transactions and report status


Long Description

Responsibilities and Duties (continued):

  • Drive all vendor related activities to ensure successful part delivery
  • Assist management team with continual improvement of both internal and external fabrication processes and utilization of new digital engineering tools
  • Apply exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate ability to thrive in a fast-paced engineering environment


Desired experience in:

  • Digital engineering methodologies and data systems
  • Electronic components planning, sourcing, and procurement
  • PCB and cable assembly planning, routing, tracking, and production control
  • Conducting manufacturability reviews of PCB and/or cable assemblies
  • Hands-on assembly or inspection of PCB and/or cable assemblies
  • SAP, SolidWorks, PCB and cable design software tools, model based definition, and product lifecycle management tools
  • Aerospace or national laboratory materials management



  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Supply Chain Management or similar technical field

For Benefits Information, click http://hrweb.mit.edu/benefits


MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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