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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Assistant Staff-Component Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

Group 72 – Fabrication Engineering

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 (PCBs) 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. The group concentrates on high-complexity parts, quick-turn capabilities and activities that require concurrent engineering with program teams. Core PCB capabilities include design for manufacturability (DFM), 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 state-of-practice prototyping capabilities, technical excellence, exceptional collaboration and outstanding operation.

Position Description

The Group seeks a talented, creative, and motivated entry-level component engineer to strengthen the Group’s ability to provide rapid and innovative solutions to challenging problems. The successful candidate will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team consisting of program team members, internal shop operations and other group members to provide guidance and support of printed circuit board (PCB) design, component selection and PCB assembly. The ideal candidate will bridge the gap between program needs and fabrication execution for PCB assembly. This position will allow the individual to gain valuable experience by working directly with more senior component engineers and program team members as he/she learns to assess electronic component suitability for spacecraft payloads and other high reliability applications. Furthermore, the individual will have the opportunity to work directly with an experienced fabrication team while he/she facilitates the successful fabrication of PCB assemblies that are necessary to achieve program objectives. There are opportunities to grow in many exciting areas such as program management, research and technology development, operations management, and contributions to the creation of a state-of-the-art fabrication facility.

Specific job functions may include:

  • Assess electronic, physical, and environmental suitability of electronic components for specific program requirements and application

  • Research manufacturers’ specifications to determine if parts require special modification, test, or handling for use

  • Develop expertise in more advanced areas to increase overall effectiveness

  • Facilitate the successful fabrication of PCB assemblies


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or equivalent

  • Proven leadership skills and ability to thrive in a team environment

  • Recognized self-motivator that seeks to continuously learn and challenge himself/herself

  • Ability to multi-task and drive issues to closure

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

    Preferred Experience (not required)

  • Experience utilizing digital engineering methodologies and data systems

  • Experience with fabrication operations and supply chain management

  • Experience with component engineering and military/space electronic component standards

  • Experience with PCB design and assembly


    At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include:

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans

  • MIT-funded pension

  • Matching 401K

  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)

  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs

  • Mentorship programs

  • A range of work-life balance options

  • ... and much more!

    Please visit our Benefits page ( for more information. As an employee of MIT, you can also take advantage of other voluntary benefits, discounts and perks ( .

    Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

    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.

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