Instrumentation Technician

Website Boeing

Instrumentation Technician Job Highlights

Title Instrumentation Technician
Type Full Time (1st shift)
Experience Required
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Seattle, WA, United States
Company Boeing

Company Profile

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space, and security systems, and global services.

Job Profile

The company is searching for an Instrumentation Technician who will work from blueprints, schematics, technical manuals and bulletins, National Bureau of Standards, manufacturers’ specifications, and oral and written instructions.

Install instrumentation, primarily strain gauges and thermocouples on all models of Boeing aircraft civilian, military, and space.

Education Level

  • May require a High School Diploma
  • Minimum of at least 18 years of age

Work Experience

  • Minimum 1 year of experience reading and interpreting wire harness diagrams and installation schematics.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in electrical (wire shop) fabrication and required processes.
  • Maintain personal and tool certifications, as required.


  • Ability to calculate and apply advanced mathematics.
  • Ability to demonstrate entry-level competency in the operation of PIT (Power Industrial Trucks), in a safe manner as required.
  • Ability to safely operate various types of hand tools or hand-held power tools as required.
  • Ability to set up and operate floor-mounted hydraulic or mechanically operated equipment.
  • Ability to use precision measuring tools and test equipment and interpret results.
  • Check work after completion of each operation to be sure the job is per drawing or other instructions.
  • Comply with applicable tool control policies.
  • Contact team leader/supervisor/engineer/planner when assistance is needed (e.g. if there are questions about drawings or paperwork, if drawings and paperwork do not match, or when any other problem arises).
  • Devise or build shop aids and work around methods as necessary to test/troubleshoot systems.
  • Fabricate wire or fiber optic bundles are used to connect various types of test and computer equipment or test sensing equipment used to monitor, measure, collect, and store data during tests.
  • Handle and dispose of hazardous materials (ketone, naphtha, alcohol, epoxy, acids) in an approved manner (following Safety Data Sheets) using personal protective equipment as required.
  • Handle and protect components and assemblies such as static sensitive equipment following shop procedures and drawing requirements.
  • Install fiber optic strain gages, thermocouples, accelerometers, and strain gages by soldering, bonding, spot welding, or using mechanical fastening devices.
  • Know and interpret data from a coordinate system to identify multiple axis and dimensional references (3-D).
  • Knowledge of proper use, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials/chemicals, oils, coolants, and lubricants per government regulations and Boeing procedures.
  • Knowledge of routing, clamping, tying, connecting, and terminating wires or wire bundles in electrical systems and assemblies, per the appropriate electrical codes.
  • Obtain appropriate engineering drawings and test documents, as required, for assignment if drawings, sketches, and documents are not with the work assignment.
  • Operate various types of test equipment, perform testing, and interpret results, as required.
  • Pack electronic equipment for travel as required per drawing and Boeing applicable specifications.
  • Perform modification of test equipment to meet engineering configuration, as required.
  • Put completed job or reworked job up for inspection as required.
  • Receive work assignments from the team leader or supervisor and obtain necessary materials and equipment.
  • Select proper hand, power, or bench tools needed to perform the required operation, such as screwdrivers, pliers, torque wrenches, crimpers, cable tools, band saw, drill press, and sander, as required.
  • Set up and perform qualification tests, bench tests, or automatic tests as required per work assignments, test documents, test equipment manuals, or engineering instructions.
  • Use a scissor or boom lift to access areas for instrumentation installation this work is performed both inside hangars and outside on airfields.
  • Use shop tools and any test equipment required to complete work assignments.
  • Write tie-ins, and maintain records such as work logs for areas/equipment as required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred certifications: Electrical (Crimping, Bond, and Ground), Mechanical (Forklift, Hand truck, Pressure/vacuum), Safety (Electrical, Egress, Explosives).
  • Preferred 3 years of experience in Aircraft Electrical systems.
  • Preferred 3 years of strain gaging experience.


  • Effectively communicate information.
  • Knowledge of aircraft electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Knowledge of basic electricity and electrical systems.

Physical Demands

Frequent (3-6 Hrs.)

  • Carrying less than 10 pounds, Climbing/balancing (stairs, ladders, poles, scaffold, Finger manipulation (keyboarding, other), Flexion/Extension (head bent down, head bent back), Handling (holding, grasping), Lifting less than 10 pounds, reaching (overhead), Rotation of head/neck, Sitting, Standing, Walking

Occasional (1-3 Hrs.)

  • Bending at the waist, carrying 10-35 pounds, twisting at the waist, use of low-impact vibratory tools (drilling/sanding, lying down (back, side, front), Operating foot controls, Pushing/pulling 10-35 pounds, Pushing/pulling less than 10 pounds, Kneeling, Lifting 10-35 pounds, Crawling, Crouching (squatting)


Frequent (3-6 Hrs.)

  • Metals (aluminum, brass, iron, Monel, nickel, steel, Plastics (acrylic, fiberglass, graphite, resins, ke, Sealants (latex, polysulfide, silicon), Solvents (acetone, turpentine, MEK, MPK, Isopropho, Adhesives (epoxy, acrylonitrile, organic rubber)

Occasional (1-3 Hrs.)

  • Alkalis (acid neutralizers, strong detergents), Liquid Coatings (etching mask, lacquer, penetrant d, Acids (boric, muriatic, nitric, hydrochloric

Environmental Conditions

Continuous (6-8 Hrs.)

  • Noise (constant or intermittent sounds or pitch)

Frequent (3-6 Hrs.)

  • Nonionizing Radiation (sub-radio frequency, radio, Elevated Platforms (wings, lifts, cranes, ladders, Extreme Heat (ovens and furnaces)

Occasional (1-3 Hrs.)

  • Atmospheric Conditions (fumes, noxious odors, dust, Confined Spaces, Welding Equipment (Arc/Cutting, Flux-Cored, Gas-Me

Personal Protective Equipment

Continuous (6-8 Hrs.)

  • Face/Eye Protection (safety glasses, goggles, and, Fall Protection) (safety belts, harnesses, lifeline, Protective Footwear) (steel-toed shoes, rubber boot)

(3-6 Hrs.)

  • Protective Headwear (welding helmets, hard hats, hand/Arm Protection (gloves, arm protectors, and Hearing Protection) (ear inserts, canal caps, earmuff)

Other Requirements

  • This position must meet export control compliance requirements. A “U.S. Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. §120.15 is required to meet export control compliance requirements. “U.S. Person” includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.


  • The benefit programs include health insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement savings plans, life and disability insurance programs, and several programs that provide paid and unpaid time away from work.

Employer’s Statement

Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All the decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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