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System Test Technical Lead

PDS Tech is currently seeking a System Test Technical Lead for our client in Santa Cruz, CA. 

*Direct hire role and work is fully onsite.*
**Relocation available for those who are out of the area.**
***No C2C / 10-99 available on this project.***


Our client is seeking a highly organized, passionate individual to join our System Test team. As part of this team, you will perform systems integration testing, functional and failure modes and effects testing of flight critical components and subsystems for VTOL electric aircraft. The data collected during these tests will inform the company’s hardware and software design efforts and pave the way to production-ready components and systems. 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.

  • Lead major architectural and design orientations for the development of system test platforms including a systems Integration Test Lab ("ITL") for the S4
  • Lead systems integration test processes and tools development (documentation framework, test execution process, test venue configuration management, test article conformity, data management, etc.) required for the structured development and certification testing of civil aircraft
  • Contribute to defining the system test platform utilization strategy to optimize test output, program development, and certification progress
  • Act as a technical focal and be responsible for the continued strategic alignment with other stakeholders of the system test platforms, focusing mostly on the Integrated Test Lab
  • Create test setups for aircraft hardware by working closely with the mechanical, electrical, energy systems, and software teams, to capture the nuances of aircraft components, subsystem architectures, and operating conditions, and turn them into representative tests that will allow for validation of component and system designs
  • Use proprietary or open-source testing tools or frameworks, create Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) tests for software, electrical, mechanical, and energy components of the aircraft system
  • Develop formal test procedures, instrumentation guidelines, test fixture designs, LabView VIs and any other necessary tools to allow for repeatable testing of specimens as discussed
  • Perform functional testing and failure modes testing on specific hardware and systems to validate their design against established benchmarks
  • Analyze data collected during system tests to provide quantifiable feedback to the engineering teams (via test reports) that will allow them to optimize their designs

  • B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent real-world experience
  • Experience developing HIL test rigs, both at the requirements definition and implementation levels
  • Experience on aerospace/aeronautical Systems Integration Test Rigs
  • Experience with data acquisition and control techniques (LabVIEW or other)
  • Strong detailed engineering, analytical background and systemic thinking
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills

  • M.S./Ph.D. in relevant discipline
  • 5+ years of work experience in relevant industry
  • Experience with high-voltage electronics
  • Experience with aircraft certification (DO-178B and DO-178C), regulatory requirements, compliance testing, aircraft software engineering processes, and test verification
  • Experience with AutoCAD electrical
  • Experience with mechanical design and manufacturing drawing creation
  • Requirements and test case documentation experience (Polarion/DOORS/Other)
  • Hands-on machine shop skills using lathe, mill, welder, and other machine shop equipment

Job Number: 2310161973
Job Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Duration: 12 months
Input Date: 02/28/2023
Last Updated: 03/27/2023
Attention: Tyrel Lucke
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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