Solder Technician at Planet

Posted on:
February 23, 2023

🔭 Our mission & vision

Job Description

Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is a global company with employees working remotely world wide and joining us from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, Germany, and The Netherlands.

About the Role:  

You will be joining a world class Satellite Manufacturing team. Here at Planet we approach hardware development like software: we release early and release often. Our philosophy is to iterate quickly to ensure we always have the latest technology and advancements of our platform ready for launch. That thinking is at the core of how we approach Manufacturing at Planet.

Impact You’ll Own:

Supporting build operations of production and prototype systems

Leading and coaching a team of soldering technicians

Making recommendations and proposals on board layout and soldering class to be used

Defining, implementing and improving SOPs

Assist/drive efforts in building test fixtures

Executing engineering test programs on systems and boards with a variety of analytical lab equipment (examples: Oscilloscopes, power supplies, meters, electrical loads, etc)

Affinity for working with and building electrical and mechanical assemblies demonstrating proficiency and continuous improvement mindset

Data driven and ability to work with suppliers to increase quality

What You Bring:

Knowledge of electronic and mechanical assemblies

PCB soldering and mechanical assembly skills

Experience of electrical assembly (Solder, wire crimp, cable assemblies)

Use of BGA installation/removal equipment

Use of x-ray equipment and inspection criteria for BGA chips

IPC 771/21 and IPC-A-610 certification

Proven debugging of mechanical and electrical systems

Familiarity with proper factory and lab safety/ OSHA requirements

Impeccable organization skills

Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with cross-functional teams of professionals is essential

Knowledge of Design for Manufacturing principles (DFM)

Ability to coach teams on soldering techniques

Experience with MS-Office (especially Excel, Word and powerpoint) is needed to report status on a regular basis

What Makes You Stand Out:

Educational background in EE or ME

Aerospace experience

Experience with collecting large amounts of data, data storage and data manipulation

Able to effectively contribute to a dynamic and often fast-paced, high-pressure work environment

Experience working with batteries and battery assemblies

NASA soldering certificate or J-Std.-001

Altium SW package

Benefits While Working at Planet:

Comprehensive Health Plan

Wellness program and onsite massages in specific offices

Flexible Time Off

Recognition Programs

Commuter Benefits

Learning and Tuition Reimbursement

Parental Leave

Offsites and Happy Hours

Volunteering Benefits


The US base salary range for this full-time position at the commencement of employment is $86,700 - $142,600.  Additionally, this role might be eligible for discretionary short-term and long-term incentives (bonus and equity). The final salary range is determined by job related experience, skills and location.  The range displays our typical hiring range for new hire salaries in US locations only.  Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.


Why we care so much about Belonging. 

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride. 

EEO statement:

Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs and we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. 


Planet is an inclusive community and we know that everyone has their own needs. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation during the interview process, please call Planet's front office at 669-214-9404 or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential and we will be happy to assist you.

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