The Optics technician (OT) is responsible for technical support of optical systems, primarily adaptive optics, at the summit facility. In addition, this position works in the general areas of telescope, instruments and other optical systems.
Responsible for the technical support of facility optical, opto-electronic, and opto-mechanical systems. This includes but is not limited to activities such as optical alignment, calibration, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.
The incumbent will primarily be assigned to some, or all, of the following:
Assist with coating of primary mirror segments, secondary and tertiary mirrors
Assist with primary mirror segment, secondary and tertiary mirror exchanges.
Optical Systems/Instrumentation (Adaptive Optics, and Laser Beam transport and launch systems)
Telescope optics support and maintenance
Perform and/or oversee troubleshooting and maintenance necessary to keep systems operating at their peak efficiency.
Fabricate and/or modify assemblies as required, using industry standard practices, according to schematic drawings or other documentation generated by engineers.
Perform shop maintenance, which includes repair, maintenance and calibration of test equipment, procurement of supplies and spare parts, maintenance of catalog and instruction manual files, etc., to assure parts, supplies, and literature are available when needed.
Create and update documentation of all types: procedures, schematic diagrams, maintenance logs, instruction manuals, etc., to keep documentation ready for use as needed.
Participate, as backup, in daily operations support activities including, but not limited to:
Telescope and instrument checkout and startup.
Laser system startup, monitoring and checkout.
Other duties consistent with preparing the facility for that night’s observing.
AS Degree in Optics, Opto-mechanics, Electronics or Engineering degree or equivalent and relevant experience.
Three (3) years’ experience in highly-technical or science operations environment.
From Hawaii’s Maunakea, astronomers around the world use Keck Observatory to observe the universe with unprecedented power and precision. The twin Keck telescopes are the world’s most scientifically productive optical and infrared telescopes. Each telescope weighs 300 tons and operates with nanometer precision. The telescopes’ primary mirrors are 10-meters in diameter and are each composed of 36 hexagonal segments that work in concert as a single piece of reflective glass.