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Data and Controls Test Engineer

PDS Tech is currently seeking a Data and Controls Test Engineer for our client in Santa Cruz, CA
We are seeking a motivated individual to join our Testing team to develop the data acquisition, controls and hardware/software interface tools needed to perform and automate structural, environmental, and functional tests of flight-critical components and subsystems for VTOL electric aircraft. The data collected during these tests will inform the company’s hardware design efforts and pave the way to production-ready hardware. The team is made up of extremely talented, hardworking, proactive, and hands-on individuals, operating in a very fast-paced and rewarding environment. We are looking to expand this team with like-minded individuals looking to make a mark in the transportation industry.


  • Work in a small team to develop a test software ecosystem that allows for automation of new and existing testing platforms, using NI LabView and a variety of industry and proprietary platforms. 
  • Develop instrumentation and controls hardware, test fixture GUI, LabView VIs and any other necessary tools to enable test execution and automation. 
  • Specify, review, and incorporate new types of data acquisition instruments into the data pipeline. 
  • Analyze data collected during the tests to generate reports to provide quantifiable feedback to the engineering teams that will allow them to optimize their designs. 
  • Help to guide the architecture of testing software to help smooth the transition from R&D testing into manufacturing acceptance testing. 

  • B.S. in Electrical or Computer Science Engineering or relevant discipline  
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience 
  • Experience with data acquisition hardware such as ammeters, foil strain gauges, accelerometers, load cells, thermistors, transducers, etc. (including sensor installation) 
  • Fluent in using LabVIEW for data collection, automation, and control 
  • Experience using LabView for data collection and Diadem/MATLAB for data processing 
  • Experience using scripting languages to build and integrate complex software systems 
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills  
  • Hands-on attitude with strong analytical background  
  • Pursuant to various local, state, and federal regulations, you must show proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination status prior to your start date.  Exemption requests are available for bona fide religious and medical circumstances.


  • M.S./Ph.D. in relevant discipline  
  • Experience with industrial test laboratory environments and procedures 
  • Experience with NI TestStand & Knowledge of NI Hardware 
  • Hands-on machine shop skills using lathe, mill, welder, and other machine shop equipment 
  • Experience with high voltage electronics. 
  • Experience testing aircraft composite structures. 
  • Experience testing aircraft mechanical systems. 
  • Aerospace and rapid prototyping experience 
  • Experience working with LabVIEW Real Time for control and data acquisition

Job Number: 2210150907
Job Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Duration: 6 months
Input Date: 05/07/2022
Last Updated: 01/27/2023
Attention: DJ Englert
Address: 3130 S HARBOR BLVD STE 100
City, State: SANTA ANA, CA 92704
Phone: 214/647-9600
800 Phone: 800/270-4737

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