Job Description

Sr. Test Engineer
Multiple Openings
Contract 1 year assignment
Non Exempt, OT is authorized

US Citizen

JOB DESCRIPTION

GENERAL FUNCTION:

The Test Engineer is responsible for independently overseeing and managing all aspects of test of assigned programs from the early proposal stage to the final testing. The Test Engineer may help lead (under direction of the Testlab Manager or Supervisor) a team of Test Engineer/Conductors and Technicians to fulfill all cost, schedule, and technical requirements related to test.

Dimensions:

Test Engineer will be responsible for multiple programs (most cases 1-5), depending on the complexity of the programs.

Nature and Scope of Position:

The Test Department has the responsibility of managing, overseeing and performing test of all end products. The majority of the products are high precision electromechanical devices that are used on satellites or spacecraft. Therefore, each hardware must undergo rigorous tests in ambient, vibration, thermal and vacuum conditions. This requires test procedures to be written, test equipment and tooling to be designed and fabricated, test schedules to be generated and maintained, and product to be tested and managed until delivery.

The Test Engineer will be the point person for ensuring that all of the above described activities are performed on time and within budget. The incumbent will have some responsibilities as a Cost Account Manager for test, and will be involved in programs from the early proposal stage to the completion of the program. With minimal supervision, the incumbent will perform a variety of tasks and deal directly with the Program Manager, the Project Engineer, and the customer.

In the proposal phase of a program, the Test Engineer will research the requirements and estimate the cost to test the product. In the early stage of a program, the Test Engineer will define the test parameters and methods using the customer's requirement specification. Then, the incumbent will generate the test plan and the test procedures and work with the customer to obtain approval of these documents. The Test Engineer will also ensure that all necessary test tooling and equipment are available or fabricated. As necessary, the Test Engineer will seek assistance from Senior Test Engineers and/or the Testlab Manager.

When the product is in test, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the test is completed on time and within budget. In order to do this, the incumbent will generate standard hours and schedule for the test. The incumbent must monitor and track the progress of testing through significant phases of test. The incumbent will also review and verify test data and analyze results as necessary. The Test Engineer will also take the lead in troubleshooting and fact-finding test discrepancies as they arise. The Test Engineer must schedule work and help direct the Test Engineer/Conductors and Technicians to ensure those tasks are completed efficiently. As necessary, or as directed by the Testlab Manager (or Supervisor), the incumbent will be required to perform production testing in an effort to maintain test schedules.

Therefore the incumbent should have excellent communication and organizational skills, proficiency in technical writing, good analytical skills, and some experience with CAD and design. The incumbent should also be a quick learner, self-motivated, work well in a team environment, multi-task, and take ownership of a task with minimal supervision. Additionally, the incumbent should be comfortable in a leadership/supervisory position and be skilled in dealing with others in a professional and diplomatic manner.

In all phases of the job, the Test Engineer is governed by technical, cost, and schedule requirements and must be able to work under pressure with minimum error and maximum efficiency. In some cases the incumbent will make critical decisions based on technical knowledge and common sense. And in rare cases, the incumbent must be flexible enough to perform some tasks out of the scope of this position in order to fulfill the requirements.

Qualifications:

The following background and experience is required:

  1. S. in engineering or related field.
  2. 2 years of experience in related field.
  3. Knowledge of MS Office tools.
  4. Technical writing and communication skills.
  5. Computer programming (LabVIEW) experience preferred.
  6. Human relation skills (good communication, attitude, teamwork, flexible) to deal with internal and external customers.
  7. Knowledge and/or experience with thermal vacuum systems, vibration testing, CAD.

Principal Accountabilities:

As a Test Engineer, incumbent’s principle responsibilities include:

  1. Performing Cost Account Manager tasks.
  2. Generating proposal estimates.
  3. Generating standard hours and test schedule.
  4. Writing test procedures, (which requires a thorough understanding of the product, requirements, and the associated tests) and updating or modifying work instructions.
  5. Designing and overseeing the fabrication of test tooling and equipment.
  6. Scheduling work and assist in directing Test Engineer/Conductors and Technicians.
  7. Training of operators in the testing of the product.
  8. Perform Production Testing as necessary and determined by the Testlab Manger.
  9. Leading the troubleshooting effort to resolve test discrepancies.
  10. Maintaining and managing a test equipment and test schedule.
  11. Interfacing with the customer during program reviews and customer meetings to determine testing requirements and methods.
  12. Improving test methods and processes through automation, computer analysis, and innovative thinking.

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