About

Applied Physics Systems is a leading manufacturer of sensors and systems used in oil field,
industrial and scientific applications.  We design and engineer all of the products we supply.
Our primary products are directional sensors, magnetometers and downhole drilling sensors
and electronics.

History: Applied Physics Systems was founded in 1976 by Bill Goodman and for over
thirty years has developed expertise in the design and manufacture of magnetometer
sensors.  In the last fifteen years, Applied Physics has developed and expanded its
products for drilling systems, electrical, mechanical, and computer software systems.

Applied Physics Systems is a leader in the manufacture of magnetic field measuring
equipment, including fluxgate magnetometers and clip-on milliammeters. We also
manufacture a broad line of angular orientation measuring sensors, including steering
sensors for directional drilling applications and miniaturized sensors for general purpose use.

In addition to our standard products, APS conducts contract research for other organizations
in the fields of its expertise. APS can design and build modified versions of our instruments
as well as completely new instruments to solve your needs for magnetic field measurement,
orientation sensors, steering tools and clip-on milliammeters.

APS is also a world leader in the design and production of Rock Magnetometer systems
and accessories. These systems are produced in partnership with William S. Goree, Inc.
and are sold under the 2G Enterprises name. 2G has its own web site with complete
information on the instruments offered: http://www.2GEnterprises.com

News

 

JANUARY 2013

APS has expanded into its new, state-of-the-art production facilities in Sunnyvale, California.
Our new address is 281 East Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 USA

 

AUGUST 2012

Applied Physics Systems has begun field tests in North America of our new Model 600
Near Bit Sub. Designed to be run with the AP-250 EM MWD System, the Model 600
comes in 5” and 6.5” sizes, both with a length of 36”. On-board sensor and electronics
packages provide inclination, azimuthal gamma, vibration, and rotation data, all transmitted
wirelessly to the AP-250 EM MWD System located above the power section of the BHA
where it is then transmitted to the operator on the surface via EM telemetry.  

Field testing is expected to last 30-60 days with a commercial product release to follow
upon successful completion.

 

Careers

We're hiring. Please contact us at jobs@appliedphysics.com for more information about the
following positions. Include JOB INQUIRY and any reference information in the subject field.
All resumes should be in PDF format. Applied Physics Systems is an EEO Employer.  M/F/D/V 

Engineers

We’re looking for experienced Electrical and Mechanical Engineers with specific experience in
oil field applications, sensors (magnetic, accelerometers), and high temperature/high vibration
electro-mechanical systems.

Skilled Technicians

We’re looking for high-end assemblers with experience in high temperature solder assembly
and complex calibration procedures.

Current Positions

Test and Reliability Engineer

Applied Physics Systems is looking for a Test and Reliability Engineer to provide reliability testing
and failure analysis services in support of the engineering product development, manufacturing,
quality and customer support teams.

Job Summary

The Test and Reliability Engineer will lead the new product development (NPI) product qualification
activities for it sensors and systems used in oil field, industrial and scientific applications. We are
searching for that rare individual who can develop, plan, and implement the product qualification
tests during the development and validation of new products. This individual will generate and
analyze reliability data, which will influence product design. The Test and Reliability Engineer
will also assess product failures by evaluating field performance data to identify causes of failures
and adjust EVT/DVT/PVT test plans accordingly to maximize customer satisfaction and to reduce
warranty costs. This person will be knowledgeable of HALT and HASS Techniques and have
experience in performing OEM/enterprise related customer qualifications and Reliability
Demonstration Tests (RDT).

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Define reliability requirements in characterization and monitoring, and reliability testing for sensors and systems used in oil field, industrial and scientific applications.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain Reliability Demonstration Testing (RDT) procedures.
  • Characterize the reliability performance and perform data analysis of key product and process parameters.
  • Develop, implement and maintain On-going Reliability Testing (ORT) procedures.
  • Plan and implement new product qualification activities.
  • Perform Reliability prediction of failure mechanisms, products under development and products in the field.
  • Oversee HALT/HASS on new products as part of the product verification process
  • Perform product reliability to JDEC standards
  • Troubleshoot and complete problem report in a detailed manner.
  • Write automated test scripts, test plans, test cases and test procedures.
  • Perform Validation Testing at different NPI stages (EVT-Engineering Validation Testing, DVT-Design Validation Testing, PVT-Production Validation Testing)
  • Interface with equipment and materials suppliers for reliability stress and test hardware.
  • Conduct AST (Accelerated Stress Testing) on products and perform failure analysis as needed.
  • Determine failure modes and work with internal groups for corrective actions.

 

Qualifications

A minimum of 10 years’ experience is required with a Bachelor’s degree in EE/CPE/Materials Engineering or related field.
Must have proven experience in following areas:

  • 5-10 years of experience with high reliability products in oil field, automotive or aerospace applications. (Vibration, Temperatures and Extreme Environments)
  • Knowledge of semiconductor, PCB and PCBA reliability standards and stress/test methodologies required (JEDEC/AEC/MIL)
  • Strong background in EE (Analog and Digital)
  • ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer a plus
  • Experience with Magnetometer, Accelerometer and Gamma Sensors a plus
  • Experienced with Failure analysis techniques, analysis and electrical debug.
  • Experienced with fatigue testing, vibration and shock testing, electrical stress, and environmental chambers.
  • A background in a hardware-software integration environment is a plus
  • Experience in test automation using C/C++ Programming or Labview is a plus
  • 3 years of experience with an AST/HASS/HALT Test system required
  • Demonstrated ability to independently address non-routine technical challenges.
  • Experience in team-based new product development projects
  • A high degree of initiative and the ability to think and act independently.
  • Demonstrated strength in conducting both tests and analyses.
  • Some expertise in data mining and data analysis is required.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, especially with customer presentations
  • Knowledge of Thermotron AST-35 Chamber and 8800 Programmer Controller a plus
  • Metallurgy knowledge a plus

 

Mechanical Engineer

 

This person designs, develops, analyzes, documents and supports testing of mechanical portions of APS products. This person interacts with engineering and customers to establish product requirements for new products, and works with suppliers and factory for DFM review prior to releasing the designs.

Job Requirements

 
  • Skilled SolidWorks user
  • Experienced in the use of Geo-Dimensioning and Tolerancing interpretation according to the ASME Y14.5M (1994) standards
  • Knowledgeable in statistical tolerance analysis and finite element analysis.
  • Strong mechanical design background with manufacturing and machine shop experience
  • Knowledge of metals and ability to conduct performance tradeoffs in selection of material for each application
  • Good oral and written communication with the ability to interact with assembly and machine shop/vendor personnel
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative in difficult situations
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Design experience in Oil Field applications a plus
     

Education/Experience

 

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering plus a minimum of 5 - 10 years of relevant experience in product development. 

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.

Software Test Engineer

Applied Physics Systems is looking for a Software Test Engineer to provide software testing services in support of the engineering product development team.

Job Summary

You will be responsible for developing, updating and maintain testing toolsets, test cases, use case scenarios, working with developers to diagnose application problems, supporting production environments and maintaining test and systems plans, scripts and documentation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Troubleshoot and complete problem report in a detailed manner.
  • Write automated test scripts, test plans, test cases and test procedures.
  • Write and maintain test scripts based on requirements or test cases received.
  • Must be able to perform requirements analysis and apply technical knowledge to design, write test plans, execute and debug test cases.
  • Must possess the ability to integrate the whole picture including Functional, Regression, Stress, and Load Testing.

Qualifications

A minimum of 5 years’ experience is required with a Bachelor’s degree.
Must have proven experience with the various aspects of software testing such as equipment, inspection, code review, integration, verification, regression and acceptance testing.
Must be proficient with MS Office tools and MS Visual Studio.

A background in a hardware-software integration environment preferred.

 

Test Operator

Perform ICT and functional Go/No Go testing on system assemblies, sub-assemblies, printed circuit boards, and products using test equipment and a variety of test instruments and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Able to use hand tools and general test equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, etc.) when working with electronic components.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of operating DMMs to verify possible opens, shorts, resistance and diode check in working with electronic components.
  • Able to read and understand schematics, drawings, assembly prints, procedures, specifications, and other documentation describing electronic assemblies when working with components.
  • Comply with our quality assurance policies and methodologies, understand and use IPC quality and workmanship standards, and maintain a strong quality orientation.
  • Accept opportunities to train on new equipment and to cross-train into other site operations as needed.
  • Good written and verbal skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Able to multitask and take on additional responsibilities as needed.
  • Good organization and prioritization skills.
  • Demonstrate a high attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate discretion, confidentiality, and professionalism when representing our company.
  • Able to work overtime as needed.
  • Participate in continuous improvement.

Qualifications

  • Set up test equipment and understand the test and assembly processes for each type of board or system and sub-assemblies test.
  • Operate test equipment requiring basic computer skills and demonstrate knowledge of test programs so that proper identification and interpretation of failure parameters can be recorded and entered into our Quality Management System (Made2Manage).
  • Identify component types and read component values, resistors, capacitors, etc.
  • Identify, by sight or with appropriate devices, workmanship and material defects and affix appropriate markings or defect tags in accordance with our Quality Assurance procedures.
  • Follow step-by-step procedures while performing various duties, such as frequency and/or voltage adjustment and observe meter readings to determine whether the item being tested meets minimum requirements specified in test procedures or test programs.
  • May maintain records of units tested, accepted, or rejected using statistical process control charts.
  • Apply basic to intermediate knowledge of applicable specification and normal product standards to the performance of individual electrical tests.
  • 0 - 1 years basic experience in electronics manufacturing, such as basic ICT and Flying Probe.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Able to read, write, and perform basic math.
  • Able to read and interpret documents, such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Able to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Able to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees in our organization.
  • Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Able to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Able to navigate a Windows-based PC.
  • Data entry skills.
  • Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software, development software, design software, internet software, manufacturing software, and contact management systems. 

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standard of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

QA Mechanical Inspector

Perform inspections of manufacturing goods during the manufacturing process and incoming. Conduct dimensional inspections of sub-assemblies or final assemblies. Interpret prints, manufacturing drawings, diagrams, and lists in approving or rejecting in-process or final assemblies. Work from drawings, sketches, and specifications. Adapt inspection measuring devices and procedures as necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform mechanical inspection of finished machined parts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all mechanical inspection tools (calipers, height gauges, surface finish gauges, thread gauges, pin gauges, etc.).
  • Able to read and interpret mechanical drawings, with a good knowledge of machine shop equipment.
  • Able to communicate in English with manufacturing and engineering in verbal and written form and to document inspection results in the required format, including DMR.
  • Understand quality documentation such as procedures, inspection plans, work instructions, and quality assurance specifications.
  • Understand Out of Box inspection and vendor audit procedures.
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years' machine shop experience.
  • Proficient using calipers, micrometers, and scales.
  • AA Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Able to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Able to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees in our organization.
  • Basic math and geometry skills.
  • Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Able to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Able to navigate a Windows-based PC.
  • Data entry skills.
  • Microsoft Excel a plus.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standard of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Assembler 1

Assembler 1 is an entry level position.

Under direct supervision, you will operate various equipment to perform functions such as wafer scribe and break, die sort, die attach, lead bonding and seal, test, or mark and pack.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Component part preparation.
  • Component stuffing.
  • Assist machine operator.
  • Masks for wave solder application.
  • Prepare boards for soldering.
  • Limited electro-mechanical assembly.

Qualifications

  • Good hand and eye coordination.
  • Able to see and read serial numbers and codes on small electronic components.
  • Able to read and follow work orders and assembly aids.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Able to operate the following equipment, machinery, and tools: screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, scissors, tweezers, exacto knives, lead cleaner, PC board drill presses.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Able to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Basic math and geometry skills.
  • Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists..
  • Able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Able to navigate a Windows-based PC.
  • Data entry.
  • Microsoft Excel a plus.
  • Able to use our computer-based work order and inspection tracking system.
  • IPC-A-610 Certified a plus.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standard of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

 

 

Tradeshows

 Find out more about Applied Physics Systems and our products
 at these 2014 trade shows:

 

IADC/SPE Drilling Conference
Fort Worth, Texas
March 4-6

http://www.spe.org/events/dc/2014/

Booth 652          

SPE - Offshore Technology Conf.
Houston, Texas
May 5-8

http://www.otcnet.org/2014/

Booth 3983

Neftegaz
Moscow
May 26-29

http://www.neftegaz-online.com/

Booth 21D13

Global Petroleum Show
Calgary, Alberta
June 10-12

http://globalpetroleumshow.com/

Booth 8357

SPE Annual Technical Conference
Amsterdam
October 27-29

http://www.spe.org/atce/2014/

Booth 828