Senior Test Design Engineer
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.