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Senior Test Engineer (Actuators/Mechanical Systems)

currently seeking a Senior Test Engineer (Actuators/Mechanical Systems) for our client in Santa Cruz, CA


Our client is seeking a highly organized, passionate individual to join our Testing Team. As part of this team, you will perform validation and verification testing of flight critical components and sub-systems 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.

Create, and mentor others in the creation of test setups for validation and verification of aircraft hardware.
Work closely with the Airframe and Actuators, Propulsion and Avionics, and Software teams to capture the nuances of the components, system architectures, and operating conditions, and turning them into representative tests.
Develop formal test plans, test procedures, instrumentation plans, test stand/fixture designs, data acquisition architectures, and any other necessary tools to allow for thorough and repeatable testing of specimens as discussed.
Analyze data collected during the aforementioned tests to generate reports that will provide quantifiable feedback to the engineering teams allowing for hardware optimization.
Manage the project status and timelines for the Testing Team and collaborate with Team Lead to ensure proper resource allocation to de-risk the critical paths.
Create and implement tools to maximize Testing Team productivity.
Manage the hardware needs of the Testing Team and provide recommendations for investment.
Qualifications - External
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a relevant discipline
Excellent problem solving and communication skills
Strong analytical background
Strong communication and social skills. The ability to work with many different people and manage working relationships
Hands-on attitude
Experience performing verification and validation testing of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems
Experience with data acquisition techniques using foil strain gauges, accelerometers, load cells, thermistors, etc. (including sensor installation)
Fluent in using LabView for data collection and Diadem/MATLAB for data processing.
Experience with mechanical design and manufacturing drawing creation.
Proficiency in Computer Aided Design
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.
Ph.D in relevant discipline
5+ years of work experience in relevant industry
Project management experience
Experience with industrial test laboratory environments and procedures
Experience testing aircraft composite structures
Experience using fiber optic strain gauges
Experience with High Voltage systems
Experience with Dassault Systemes CAD, specifically using Generative Shape Design, Part Design and Assembly Design
Hands on machine shop skills using lathe, mill, welder, and other machine shop equipment
Aircraft homebuilding or rapid prototyping experience is a plus
Experience with aircraft FAA certification processes
Job Number: 2210150906
Job Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Rate: Open
Per Diem: Yes
Overtime: Possible
Duration: 6 mos
Start Date: ASAP
Input Date: 06/03/2022
Last Updated: 07/06/2022
Attention: Joe Cairney
660 SW 39TH ST STE 215

City, State: RENTON, WA 98057
Phone: 206/763-2840
800 Phone: 800/678-8644
Fax Phone: 206/763-3283

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