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A large Defence & Aerospace organisation in Southampton is a world-leading manufacturer of Infrared detectors covering a broad range of wavelengths. These devices have widespread uses in industrial and civil applications as well as fulfilling many military requirements. They also work closely with the scientific community to develop technologies in the Astronomy and Space sector.
Main Purpose of the Job
They require an experienced Test Engineer with the capability to cover three main areas of responsibility:
Key Responsibility Areas
Typically the candidate will spend approximately 50% of their time supporting test equipment in manufacturing, responding to equipment down issues, fault finding, resolving and returning validated equipment back to production. The working environments are environmentally controlled and include clean rooms. Product volumes are increasing so the ideal candidate will have experience of working in a volume production environment and of using Continuous Improvement tools and techniques.
The candidate will also support the wider Test Engineering team with the assembly and commissioning of new test equipment; typically involving design/assembly of looms, building racks of COTS equipment, producing system drawings and written operational instructions; transfer to production and provision of training to shop floor staff. The ideal candidate will also have capability and experience of hardware and software design in order to provide additional support in the design and delivery test hardware such as test PCB's, product interface electronics and test software in either C++ or LabVIEW.
The third aspect of the role requires the candidate to deliver a product qualification against a published plan, involving sine and random vibration equipment, shock and thermal cycling down to cryogenic temperatures. Ideally the candidate will have experience of this, but on the job training will be provided as required.
Occasionally other activities may be required, including conducting non-standard product testing; supporting estimates for bids; contributing to test strategy discussions and 5 year plans for test development to meet business needs etc.
The candidate should accept a changing role that is expected to be varied.
Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required
Key Skills and Experience Required:
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