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Thermal Test Engineer

PDS Tech is currently seeking a Thermal Test Engineer for our client in San Carlos, CA. 
*This is a direct hire for onsite work, so candidates must be local.*
**No C2C / 10-99 available.**


Our client is seeking a passionate, motivated, and hands-on Test Engineer to aid in characterization, performance, environmental and reliability testing of environmental control system consisting of various cabin air/ thermal management subsystems. This role supports the Integrated Product Team (IPT) and leads the testing efforts on verification and validation testing activities for those propulsion systems.

  • Responsible for leading overall test activities for the assigned system/ sub-system/ components by following client processes and/or procedures
  • Be an active member of cross functional team and support the development team in planning and executing testing required to refine environmental control systems and/or components including but not limited to refrigeration systems, Cabin air distribution modules, electronic ventilation/ cooling systems etc.
  • Work closely with Integrated Product Team (IPT) to understand testing needs, milestones & deliverables and manage associated activities using client test processes to execute them
  • Author and release test procedures for development testing, acceptance testing, qualification testing & certification testing for powertrain and electronics systems and/or components
  • Co-ordinate with reliability test engineer to define appropriate test profiles for demonstrating reliability of systems and/or components
  • Develop test stand requirements to support product testing and work with equipment design team to ensure appropriate test capabilities are adequate to support product development process
  • Procure test enabling support hardware as needed to execute product testing
  • Develop LabView/Python scripts for test automation and in-situ data collection. Assist technician in test setups, execution of tests as needed on test equipment (test platforms, chambers, shakers, test benches etc.)
  • Participate in failure and Root Cause Analysis of sub-systems and components used in powertrain and electronics system (from validation, reliability, and/or field testing)

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline is required
  • 5+ years of experience in a propulsion HV electric and electronic component specifically around thermal management devices such as Blowers/fans/radiator and Air conditioning devices is required. 
  • Expertise in using Python/ MATLAB/ NI Diadem to aid in data collection and analysis
  • Knowledge of air flow characterization include pressure drop measurement and air flow determination
  • Practical experience in using miscellaneous lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, NI DAQ systems, power analyzers, power supplies etc.
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguous and fast paced environment
  • Be agile and adapt to evolving requirements and change in directions
  • Experience in testing of thermal systems specifically around integration testing
  • Knowledge of refrigeration systems (HVAC) and its related equipment specifically in a automotive or other similar industry is a plus
  • Experience with HV systems and/or avionics mechanical or electrical hardware
  • Knowledge on aerospace requirements and standards like DO-160 is preferred but not required
  • Ability to travel to other client/ external test sites locations as needed

Job Number: 2310163586
Job Location: San Carlos, CA
Duration: 12 months
Input Date: 05/10/2023
Last Updated: 06/05/2023
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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