About Dow-Key

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Our Experience

Dow-Key Microwave Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of electromechanical switches for radio frequency (RF) and microwave applications. Founded in 1945, we are the oldest continuously operating RF/microwave switch manufacturer in the United States and are an operating company within Microwave Products Group (MPG), a subsidiary of Dover Corporation.

About Dover

Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenue of approximately $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions, and support services through three operating segments: Engineered Systems, Fluids and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of over 24,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what’s possible. Dover is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Our Capabilities

Dow-Key Microwave specializes in the design and manufacture of customized, high-performance coaxial switches, waveguide switches, high-reliability (space) switches (including T-switches and switch blocks). As well as switching systems such as RF matrices (electromechanical, solid state, and fiber optics). We also offer system-level rack integration, programmable attenuators, and delay lines. As a result, our products are used internationally by commercial, military, and government customers in a wide range of applications, including space (launch vehicles, manned vehicles, and satellites), telecommunications, automated test equipment (ATE), avionics, ground-based satellite communications, and broadcasting.

Our Facilities

We conduct all of our design, assembly, and test activity within a 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. It also, includes two Class 7 clean rooms supporting our high-reliability space and military projects. We also offer a complete range of in-house RF and environmental testing capabilities, including multipaction, passive inter-modulation (PIM), vibration, thermal shock, and thermal vacuum.

Our Location

Dow-Key Microwave is located in Ventura, California 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 30 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. This facility is nestled between the Los Padres Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. This oceanfront community offers miles of beaches and a sunny Mediterranean climate averaging a year-round temperature of 74 degrees and an annual rainfall of only about 14 inches.

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Quality

Dow-Key Microwave’s Quality Management System is certified to AS9100 for the following: The Design, Manufacture, Inspection, and Test of RF and Microwave Electro-Mechanical Switches, Relays, and Switch Matrices with applications in the Military, Space/Hi-Rel, and Commercial markets.

Dow-Key’s quality system is registered by DEKRA Certification, Inc. for:

  • AS9100

See our certification here.

Dow-Key is an FAA 14 CRF part 21 Part Manufacturing Approval holder. See our letter of approval here.

Dow-Key’s Quality Policy

Dow-Key continuously improves to meet quality and delivery requirements for total customer satisfaction.

Dow-Key is dedicated to the achievement of customer satisfaction by empowering our employees to continuously improve the quality, cost, and delivery of our products and services.

Soldering and Workmanship Standards

Dow-Key is compliant with the following soldering and workmanship standards:

  • IPC J-STD-001
  • IPC J-STD-001S (For Space Products)
  • IPC-A-610 Class 3
  • NASA-STD 8739.3 (When Required)

On-site Environmental Test Lab

Dow-Key’s full in-house environmental testing facility includes:

  • Vibration and Shock
  • Temperature Chambers
  • Thermal Vacuum Chambers
  • Thermal Shock Chambers
  • High Power Radio Frequency
  • Network Analyzers up to 65 GHz
  • Passive Inter-Modulation (PIM)
  • Multipaction

Inspection

Dow-Key’s inspection capabilities include:

  • Optical Coordinate-Measuring Machine
  • Coordinate-Measuring Machine
  • X-Ray Florescence Analyzer

Clean Room Capacity

Dow-Key has a clean room facility for Space and Hi-Rel products that includes:

  • Two Class 7 Clean Rooms to ISO 14644-1
  • Class 5 Flow Bench Assemblies

Calibration

Dow-Key maintains calibration of test and measurement equipment through qualified outside sources and Original Equipment Manufacturers. Calibration standards are traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Code of Conduct

Dow-Key Microwave – a subsidiary of Dover Corporation – is committed to the highest ethical standards and to conducting business with the highest level of integrity. These values drive our behavior as we aspire to earn and keep the respect and trust of our shareholders, customers and employees.

The following documents adopted by the Board of Directors and its committees set forth the principles for the governance of our activities.

Careers at Dow-Key

Are you ready for a career and not just a job?

Welcome to Dow-Key Microwave. Located in the beautiful beach community of Ventura, California. We are proud to be able to provide a work environment that encourages safety, communication and teamwork. Each of our employees plays a major role in the success of the Organization and we continue to challenge our employees by providing training, educational assistance and positive feedback, which will allow each individual to have an opportunity for growth and continued success.We are excited for the future of Dow-Key Microwave and look forward to meeting our prospective applicants.

Employee Benefits

Health and Wellness

  • Health Insurance benefits effective date of hire
  • Employee Assistance Program, which includes a concierge service!
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

Work/Life Balance

  • Companywide 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)
  • Vacation and sick time benefits
  • 10 paid Holidays per Company Calendar year

Dow-Key Microwave is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes a wide diversity of qualified applicants.

Send us your resume for current opportunities to:

Dow-Key Microwave
Attn: Human Resources
4822 McGrath St.
Ventura, CA 93003
FAX: (805) 650-1208
Email: cwidofsky@dowkey.com

Dover Corporation

Corporate Office
Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenue of over $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of approximately 24,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what’s possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.” Additional information is available at dovercorporation.com.