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Test Technician


PDS TECH is currently looking for Test Technicians for our client in Santa Cruz, CA

Job Title: Test Technicians
Job Type: Full time
Location: Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Payrate: $30 - $45

** 3+ yrs. assembling electromechanical mechanisms and/or power electronic assemblies
We are seeking motivated individuals to join our clients Testing Team. This role will be responsible for the assembly, operation, troubleshooting and decommissioning of test stands and test equipment. Will be responsible for the mechanical/structural setup of test stands, the installation of instrumentation gauging and wiring on test stands, and operation of basic data acquisition equipment. Will work with engineers to resolve issues with test and data acquisition equipment.

The work is performed in a dynamic and rapidly evolving environment.
Will work in the testing facility and is often hands on with aerospace flight hardware; attention to detail and a focus on safety are required at all times.
The test technician is responsible to ensure work areas are clean and safe, including following 5S best practices for test work areas, ensuring test equipment is maintained in good working order and tracked in inventory.  The successful candidates will be able to communicate test status and test needs to leadership and internal customers, being the focal for the hands-on commissioning and operation of complex test stands.

The primarily responsibility will be the assembly and operation of the test stands using engineering drawings and models, operating forklift to move heavy equipment, light metal fabrication/machining such as milling, drilling, cutting, and grinding metal parts, assembly of large metallic bolted and welded structures, setting up hydraulic and pneumatic actuation systems, set up of video cameras to collect test footage, and installation of electromechanical components such as valves, motors, and switches. The Test Technician will support tracking, calibration, inventory, and control of tools, instruments, equipment, and raw materials used for testing.

Will also be responsible for the installation of instrumentation according to engineering drawings, verifying instrumentation locations, soldering wire connections, checkout, and troubleshooting of the instruments at the test stand, including load cells, displacement sensors, strain gauges, transducers, etc. The Test Technician will use digital systems and digital and analog instruments to collect and report test data and test media.
What you will do:

  • Develop and build “one-off” test fixtures

  • Ability to read drawings and CAD models to assemble electromechanical systems, test fixtures, and harnesses

  • Select and procure necessary hardware and tools

  • Create assembly instructions and a bill of materials for the test fixtures

  • Follow test procedures and processes

  • Troubleshoot mechanical and test setup issues

  • Maintain a clean and orderly lab space with tool control, calibration, and inventory

  • Follow best safety practices


  • Must be able to work from procedures and drawings with minimal guidance

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, startup environment

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • 3+ years’ experience as a technician assembling electromechanical mechanisms and/or power electronic assemblies

Proficient with hand tools, machine shop tools (Mill, Drill, Chop Saw), light fabrication and metrology tools (Caliper, Measurements Gauges)
Experience operating a forklift, lifting and rigging equipment
Experience reading drawings for mechanical setup, torquing bolted equipment  to specifications
Understanding and use of basic electronics tools (Oscilloscope, multimeter)
Understanding of aerospace safety, tool control, FOD, and other industry standards
Experience working with various test lab environments

Who we are looking for:
You are a highly motivated, self-starting individual with a broad set of skills and never afraid of facing complex technical challenges
You are a solution-oriented individual with a strong analytical mindset
You have strong communication skills and can easily tailor your communications to suit the audience
You can adapt quickly or propose changes needed to achieve early results in a timely fashion
You embrace challenges and take commitments and deliver results within reasonable expectations
You are a positive team player

Pay Details: $30.00 to $45.00 per hour

Benefit offerings available for our associates include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, additional voluntary benefits, EAP program, commuter benefits and a 401K plan. Our benefit offerings provide employees the flexibility to choose the type of coverage that meets their individual needs. In addition, our associates may be eligible for paid leave including Paid Sick Leave or any other paid leave required by Federal, State, or local law, as well as Holiday pay where applicable.

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Job Number: US_EN_33_022202_2225222
Job Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Rate: 30-45
Per Diem: --
Overtime: --
Duration: indef
Start Date: ASAP
Input Date: 02/14/2024
Last Updated: 04/20/2024
Address: P O BOX 619820
City, State: DALLAS, TX 75261-9820
Phone: 214/647-9600
800 Phone: 800/270-4737
Website: Go To PDS Tech Commercial Website

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