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Test Design Engineer



South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers.
The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

As a Test Design Engineer on the Perception Hardware Test team at Zipline, you will have the unique opportunity to develop and deploy high-quality tooling, fixtures, as well as the chance to design automated testers for our next-generation perception systems. By working closely with hardware design engineers and developing these tests and test assets, you will gain a deep understanding of our perception systems and associated hardware, instrumentation, and avionics boards.

Test Design engineers at Zipline contribute beyond their field and role; you will be reviewing schematics, building hardware, working with test automation/software in a very multidisciplinary team environment. Most importantly, your work will directly contribute to the design of future autonomous vehicles and the verification of perception systems. For production testers, you are the last line of defense before our vehicles are shipped all over the world to perform vital, life-saving deliveries.

What You'll Do

As a member of the Perception Test Team you will be responsible for cradle-to-grave design and implementation of test equipment, tooling, and fixtures used to inform design trades, design qualification, and production test assets. You will:

  • Architect, develop, and deploy test equipment and testers that will be used to validate a wide variety of components, including avionics boards and sensor hardware, in support of multiple product phases (development test through design verification and production test assets).
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams to take an entire hardware tester from design concept to production manufacturing line.
  • Develop a deep understanding of components under test, becoming a subject matter expert in the device behavior under a range of environmental, performance, and system conditions.
  • Triage and root-cause field failures, using data analysis, test heritage, correlation to operating conditions, and one-off test campaigns.

What You'll Bring

  • Experience designing for user experience of test systems in production environments. You can develop a machine that accomplishes complex interactions reliably and can be used by anyone with minimal training.
  • Strong mechanical and electrical engineering fundamentals (multidisciplinary design). You understand the theory behind good design decisions and have a proven track record of executing on these designs to make a test system that is more reliable than the product it is testing.
  • Design experience with CAD (NX preferred) and solid GD&T.
  • Experience designing components and subassemblies including drawing releases.
  • Experience working across multidisciplinary teams, interfacing with test software, navigating system interfaces, working directly with hardware. You can navigate datasheets and validate hardware in a hands-on manner.
  • Experience validating new hardware and understanding potential failure modes.
  • Experience using common test instrumentation (e.g. multimeter, oscilloscope, daq) and sensors (e.g. IMU, lidar, encoder).
  • Experience solving complex multidisciplinary problems with little supervision and on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US.

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $130,000 - $165,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!