What do we do?

From the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on earth, to the coastline and anywhere in-between, we make the impossible possible through our continuous passion for innovation.  That innovation comes from our greatest asset: our people. They design, engineer and manufacture technologies that are enabling our customers to discover, navigate, measure, detect and communicate in the toughest environment on earth: our oceans.  We’ve been actively developing the technology to make the oceans accessible for nearly 50 years and we’re only just getting started…

Who are we looking for?

We have an exciting opening for a Manufacturing PCB Rework / Assembly Operator to specialise in PCB rework / assembly, and to build the full range of Sonardyne’s products within recommended assembly build times and ensuring the highest level of quality standards throughout the production process.

Your responsibilities:

  • To assemble the constituent parts of the products from PCB level, through sub-assembly to finished units, following Company engineering drawings. Specific Focus will be on the rework of PCBs.

  • To accurately interpret and replicate the circuit diagrams, schematics and wiring schedules of Engineer’s to produce prototype Printed Circuit Boards (PCB’s), Production PCB’s and Production test equipment.

  • To assemble both test cables and prototype PCB’s with surface mounts and leaded components to a highest quality. Perform prototype coil winding assembly as required by each design specification.

  • To carry out prototype modifications in-line with IPC standards and Engineering guidelines and requirements.

  • To understand and build to wiring schedules, using appropriate meters, where required, to check assembled work.

  • To highlight any specification or design error through the Cell Co-ordinators or Departmental Manager or directly with the Production Engineering team.

  • To ensure all activities are completed in accordance with current Quality System procedures and standards and, wherever possible, within recommended times specified on the Company ERP system.

  • To raise the appropriate levels of non-conformance reports, Engineering Change request etc. in compliance with the Company Quality System requirements and Departmental guidelines.

  • To establish effective working relations with all departments, i.e. Production Engineering, Stores, Quality etc. to ensure maximum co-operation for the timely resolution of assembly related issues.

  • To provide assistance and support to other Assembly staff when requested, to complete specific activities.

  • To understand and follow all Manufacturing Department administrative procedures and maintain records via the systems provided.

  • To understand and use Company IT resources, i.e. Intranet, ERP system in support of day-to-day activities such as part enquiries, stock search, etc.

  • To actively support and contribute to the creation and implementation of production improvement initiatives.

  • To maintain a safe working environment, demonstrating clear commitment to health and safety in the workplace through strict adherence to Company and Departmental Health and Safety and COSHH policies and practices.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:


  • Able to read and interpret Engineering drawings
  • Previous manufacturing assembly experience, including soldering and crimping
  • Proven ability to use production equipment, ie soldering irons, crimps
  • Surface mount experience
  • IT literate
  • Attention to detail
  • Accuracy
  • Personal drive and enthusiasm
  • Ability to understand and apply Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Communication skills: Written and verbal
  • Good manual dexterity


  • NVQ Level 3 in Electronics or equivalent
  • IPC 3 J Standard

Our Culture:

There are no limits to what you can achieve at Sonardyne.  We have an open and innovative culture where every member of the team has a challenging role with plenty of opportunities to develop and grow. Every member of the team has the chance to influence and shape the future of our technology. In addition to mentoring, professional development and training, we actively promote hands-on experience of our solutions in the ocean environment.

We also like to have some fun, with a very active social group regularly laying on subsidised events.  There are great pubs, running and cycling routes on the doorstep and other sports facilities nearby.

We keep our salaries competitive and offer our employees the following benefits package:

  • 25 days Holiday plus Bank Holidays
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme – employees can buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
  • Sickness Absence benefit plan with long term absence insurance cover
  • Enhanced Maternity Pay Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Flexible Working Arrangements Scheme
  • Discretionary Performance Related Pay Scheme, designed to recognise employees contribution to our success

Ready to join the team…?  …then e-mail your CV and cover letter to the HR.TEAM@SONARDYNE.COM