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The client 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. The client also work closely with the scientific community to develop technologies in the Astronomy and Space sector.
Main Purpose of the Job
The client in Southampton requires an experienced Test Engineer with the capability to cover three main areas of responsibility:
1. To support production test equipment used in the manufacture of Infrared detectors
2. To assist in the design, development and transfer to production of new test solutions
Carry out production qualification activities using Environmental Stress Screening techniques and equipment.
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:
" HND or higher in Physics, Electronic Engineering, Software Engineering (or be able to prove an equivalent level of experience and knowledge).
" Strong technical skills in diagnosing to root cause problems associated with test equipment
" Evidence of good organisation, planning, cost control in execution of work.
" Ability to work closely in a team with other engineering and science disciplines, and shop floor production staff
" Hands-on laboratory test and measurement experience
" Practical experience in product qualification applying environmental stress screening methods adhering to industry standards (MIL, Def Stan etc)
" Willing to be flexible, independent and self-sufficient with excellent communication skills
" Ability to take a novel requirements and deliver a commissioned bespoke working test solution ultimately suitable for production in a volume environment
" Knowledge of test solutions in the optical domain, ideally Infrared, including pyroelectric single element sensors
" Certified qualifications or equivalent experience in software, firmware or hardware development
" Experience of LabVIEW or C++
" Knowledge of analogue micro-electronics
" Experience of applying SPC and Lean Techniques
" Capability of soldering PCB surface mount components and simple loom fabrication
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