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




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



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.



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 


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


Cost Accountant

Job Summary

Maintain standard costs related to inventory and its overall value. Evaluate standard and actual costs for variances and report analyses to management. Establish cycle and wall-to-wall physical inventory counts. Perform reconciliations and other activities related to the month-end close process.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Job order costing.
  • Variance review and analysis.
  • Correction of variances.
  • Standard versus actual costing transactions.
  • Maintenance of standard cost.
  • Review of sub-ledger control accounts (inventory, work-in-progress, un-vouchered receipts, etc.).
  • Review of sub-ledger maintenance and entries.
  • Month-end close reconciliations. 
  • General financial analytical tasks.
  • Establish cycle and full physical inventory counts.
  • Work with our Manufacturing Department to evaluate inventory and to book appropriate reserves.
  • Support our Manufacturing Department to determine how to transact and account for items in question.
  • Various other accounting and inventory related tasks, as necessary. 


A Bachelor's degree in Accounting or equivalent is required, in addition to 3 years' experience in Cost Accounting and 5 years' experience in Accounting or Finance.

  • Working knowledge of ERP accounting software. A preference will be given to candidates with Made2Manage ERP experience.
  • Sound knowledge of GAAP.
  • A working understanding of standard costing.
  • A manufacturing background is required.
  • Strong analytical skills and high proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively interface with our Manufacturing Department and Finance Team.


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



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.


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.

Material Handler

Performs the physical or administrative tasks involved in the strong inventory control with experience in stock room inventory and kit pulling. Examines, stocks, and distributes materials in inventory and on manufacturing lines. May prepare kitting packages for assembly production.

Responsible for performing administrative and physical tasks involved in inventory control and kit pulling, parts, supplies, and equipment. Works on assignments that are semi-route where ability to recognize deviation from accepted practice is required. Normally receives general instructions on routine work, detailed instructions on new assignments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Inputs all data using M2M.
  • Updates parts shortage report for the planner and buyers.
  • Cycle counts parts as required.
  • Verifies all incoming goods quantities before it goes to the assigned location.
  • Pulls kits for production to build.
  • Examines, stocks, and distributes materials in inventory and on manufacturing lines.
  • Prepares kitting packages for assembly production, as required.


  • Reading, writing, and basic arithmetic skills.
  • Able to life a minimum of 40 pounds.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Able to keep neat, accurate, and complete records and logs.
  • Able to follow established policies and procedures.
  • Good written and verbal skills.
  • MRB experience and experience in inventory control.


Educational and Experience

Typically requires a high school diploma and 3 to 5 years' experience in strong inventory control with experience in stock room, inventory, and kit pulling, or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.

Administrative / Accounting Assistant

Applied Physics Systems is looking for clerical support to the Administrative and Finance teams.

Job Summary

In this dual role, you will need to demonstrate the ability to carry out various accounting and administrative duties with a high degree of energy, positive attitude, confidence, and accuracy. You will be required to interact directly with the company owners and members of all other departments, including Receiving, Purchasing, Engineering, HR, Facilities, and Production.

Duties and Responsibilities

Accounting, administrative, and computer duties include, but are not limited to:

  • A/P data entry and matching.
  • Researching and resolving A/P issues.
  • A/P scheduling and creating various weekly reports for the company owners, Finance Manager, and department accountants.
  • Banking and credit card reconciliation.
  • Weekly A/P filing and management.
  • Various administrative and clerical duties, including preparing email correspondence, Internet research, filing, and organizing company records.
  • Assist HR and Office Manager with special projects and event planning as assigned.
  • Learning the phone system and providing daily backup to the Front Office Receptionist.
  • Ordering office and kitchen supplies as well as daily monitoring and stocking of kitchen, as needed.
  • Spreadsheets: Use Microsoft Excel to enter, manipulate, and format text and numerical data, insert, delete, and manipulate cells, row and columns, create and save worksheets, charts and graphs.
  • Experience in entering data into and extracting basic reports from ERP or accounting system software.
  • Word Processing: Using Microsoft applications to type text, insert pictures, format, edit, print, save, and retrieve word processing documents.
  • Email and Internet Skills: Working knowledge of email applications and Internet proficiency for research and online ordering.



The successful candidate for this job will have at least 2 years of experience working in small to mid-sized organizations where proficiency in several business practices was required. Classes or a degree in Accounting is very desirable, but not essential, if work experience is sufficient in accounting practices. Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational and multi-tasking skills are a must! A sound understanding of bookkeeping and accounting principles, including application of California sales and use tax regulations is required.

Test Technician

This position is responsible for conducting, maintaining, testing, and repairing electrical/electronic, and mechanical components. You must be able to apply knowledge of electrical/electronic and mechanical principles in determining equipment malfunctions and apply skills in restoring equipment to operation. Provide skilled electrical/electronic and mechanical support to the Service/Repair Department according to established repair procedures.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Troubleshoots and repairs electrical/electronic equipment, including but not limited to magnetometers, directional instrument sensors, gamma sensors, programmable modules, power supplies, current meters, and similar test equipment.
  • Installs, starts up and shuts down equipment in accordance with company safety procedures for machine activation and shutdown, also in line with OSHA requirements.
  • Maintains performance and repair records for further analysis.
  • Tests products in functional, performance, reliability, and stress tests.
  • Assists with other similar duties and special projects for the Service Department, as needed.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.


  • Education: A minimum of a 2-year Associate of Science technical degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or in a similar field of technology or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Experience: Requires a minimum of 5 years' of proven experience in the electrical/electronics, mechanical testing, and able to demonstrate high proficiency in these areas.
  • Experience and ability to work in a fast-paced repair/service environment.
  • A thorough knowledge of electrical/electronic components and equipment, including the use of special instruments for diagnostic purposes (oscilloscopes, signal generators, RMS multimeters, etc.).
  • Able to work well with all levels of personnel, whether individually, or in a team environment, and especially must be able to interface and communicate with service coordinator to assist with repairs and troubleshooting.
  • Computer experience is necessary.
  • Able to lift or turn up to 30 pounds continuously up to 80% of your working time.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Able to work overtime as required.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks.
  • Able to work comfortably with a database.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Knowledge of the RMA process.
  • Knowledge of electronic components to evaluate their condition and able to repair electronic devices.
  • Able to read, write, speak, and understand English.
  • Must have strong communication skills, be able to work independently, and be team oriented.
  • Physical, Mental, and Environmental Demands: The assigned duties are accomplished primarily in an office/production setting. You must be able to maneuver around an office/production setting, work at a desk/workstation/in the warehouse, and follow written and oral instructions.



 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


Booth 652          

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


Booth 3983

May 26-29


Booth 21D13

Global Petroleum Show
Calgary, Alberta
June 10-12


Booth 8357

SPE Annual Technical Conference
October 27-29


Booth 828