Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Technician - 1st Shift

Austin, Texas, US

Job ID: 5495

Ketra, a Lutron Electronics company, has an immediate opening for a SMT Technician in our Austin, TX manufacturing facility.  A successful SMT Technician will support SMT’s Utilization, CPH, and Quality metrics.  This technician will be the SMT lines first line of defense to its technical and equipment challenges.  This technician will ensure steady production on the SMT lines, assist the line as needed, modify machine programs as needed, train line operators, support NPIs, and find root causes to quality issues & drive their resolutions. 


  • Drive continuous improvement to the SMT metrics of CPH, Utilization, OEE, Uptime, DPMO, AOIFC, and PPM. 
  • Regularly perform problem solving.  Troubleshoot and repair processes to the root cause. Then fix the root cause.
  • Mentor & train operators on equipment and proper troubleshooting techniques.
  • Participate and lead operators in performing quick changeovers following SMED techniques.
  • Operate the SMT line equipment when staffing requirements require it. 
  • Execute New Product Introductions (NPIs) and communicate issues found to engineering resources. 
  • Create and refine SMT screen printer programs, convection oven profiles, placement libraries, and AOI libraries.
  • Work with Facility Equipment Support to perform certain PM tasks and provide thoughtful suggestions on how to reduce machine downtime.
  • Identify the need for and review completion of corrective maintenance by Facility Equipment Support.  Assist in development of long-term corrective actions to minimize unplanned downtime. 


  • Associate’s degree in electronics, electro-mechanical technologies or related with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required
  • 5+ years of related experience, including:
    • 3+ years’ experience supporting automated processes
    • 3+ years’ experience in maintenance or process development
    • 3+ years’ experience in electronics industry, SMT, FSS or wave soldering
  • Ability to understand, support, drive continuous improvement on technically complex machinery and processes. 
  • Read and understand equipment manuals, process manuals, and SOPs.
  • Read and understand electrical schematics, drawings, and part specifications.
  • Manipulate spreadsheets and computer-aided design software.
  • Knowledge of the entire SMT process is a plus.  This includes: Paste Printing, Solder Paste Inspection (SPI), Placement, Part Verification Systems, Reflow ovens, Automated Optical Inspection (AOI), and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). 
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated positive Customer Service demeanor and a “Can-Do” attitude.
  • Self-starter that can achieve results with minimal supervision, true sense of urgency.

Work Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 7am-3pm, flexibility to work other shifts as needed
  • Occasional overtime is required (come in 2 hours early, stay two hours late, or may work some Saturdays/Sundays)

At Ketra, we are transforming the way we experience light. We believe that the light we live under as we work, play, and sleep should be natural. From our home base in Austin, Texas, we are building the most advanced technology for beautiful light – from the proprietary semiconductor in each light to a complete re-imagining of the user experience. The lighting industry is changing, and we are leading the charge.

After a decade of developing our innovative lighting technology, Ketra was acquired by Lutron Electronics in 2018. Pairing Lutron’s history as an established leader in lighting controls and shades with Ketra's product offerings brings new and exciting possibilities to both brands and our customers.

Lutron offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and a dynamic work environment. We also offer continued growth through increased job responsibilities, courses offered through Lutron University and advancement opportunities. For more information, view our websites at and .  EOE/AA. #Lutron


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