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Maintenance Reliability Engineer

Posted by: W. M. Keck Observatory

Posted date: 2019-Nov-09

Location: Hawaii


Are you ready to join a dynamic and dedicated team that leads the observatory’s facilities and infrastructure maintenance program for astronomical science? 

The W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) operates two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes and an associated suite of advanced instrumentation. These telescopes have been extremely productive scientifically and have allowed the WMKO science community to play a leading role in understanding the universe from our solar system, to exoplanets, black holes, the earliest galaxies, and dark matter and energy.

All qualified applicants, including women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for all open positions at the W. M. Keck Observatory.

Principal Activities

Lead the overall maintenance program for the observatory’s facilities on the summit of Maunakea. Bring systems, processes, procedures in line with industry’s best practices. Modernize the existing maintenance program to improve performance. Master the operation of the observatory systems, both legacy and new systems as installed.  Understand interdependencies between systems, and potential for failure by adverse interactions.

Required Qualifications include

·        Bachelor of Science in Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution, or institution with an ABET International Mutual Recognition Agreement.

·        Three (3) years relevant work experience in a scientific or technical operations work environment or three (3) years relevant experience in an industrial environment with large machinery, including familiarity with computerized maintenance management software.


Apply to join a skilled and deeply committed team of professionals who enable exciting and important astronomical discoveries.Submit a cover letter and resume telling us how your background and passion relate to the position.  Go to:

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Keck Observatory offers a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits bundle including a 403(b) plan; a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade); and an unmatched focus of excellence.


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