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3 months ago
Location: Kirkland
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Engineers

Test Engineer 2 (Mechnical MTE Design)

About the Organization
Astronics is a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries. Astronics' products and services include advanced, high-performance electrical power generation and distribution systems, seat motion solutions, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, aircraft structures, systems certification and automated test systems.

Astronics' strategy is to increase its value by developing technologies and capabilities, either internally or through acquisition, and using those capabilities to provide innovative solutions to its targeted markets and other markets where its technology can be beneficial.

Astronics, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, has a reputation for high-quality designs, exceptional responsiveness, strong brand recognition and best-in-class manufacturing practices.

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Test Engineer

Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES) is a division of Astronics Corporation (ATRO). AES is an industry leader in aircraft electrical power systems, including generation and distribution. Our markets include commercial transport (Boeing and Airbus), business jet (several), and military platforms. We are the world leader in in-seat power for laptops and other devices with our EMPOWER® product line. We are also a leading innovator of electronic circuit breakers and power distribution systems for business jets with our COREPOWER® product line. Astronics' revenues have grown at 28% average growth rate over the last 5 years. AES, based in Kirkland Washington, has over 500 employees, and has won awards as the best place to work on the Seattle Eastside for 11 years consecutively.

Job Summary

The Test Engineering team's mission is to create the most efficient, reliable, and robust test solutions for Astronics products that power tomorrow's aircraft. We do this by having a deep understanding of test methodologies and creating systems that transform test data into business intelligence. This position is for a Test Engineer 2 in the manufacturing test engineering group. The primary responsibilities of this role are design and development of automated manufacturing test solutions for spinning machinery. You will develop automated test fixtures, test stations and basic software. Additionally, you will help define the standard, production-friendly test solution for the next generation of starter-generators.

This position is integral to a fast-paced new product development team, and you will be tasked to design and develop test equipment that successfully deploys to production in a controlled, on-time, and on-schedule fashion.

Spinning Machines Mechanical Expert. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to develop automated manufacturing test for power products that deliver up to 30kW of power. This involves creating robust and reliable test fixtures that operate in unpredictable environment of prototype hardware, software, and unit under test with high power flowing. Experience with spinning machinery and knowledge in power safety are critical. An ability to work with a variety of tools (AutoCAD, Solidworks, OrCAD, etc) strongly preferred. In the 6-9 month timeframe, you will be challenged to deliver complex test automated test projects designed from scratch using the above skillsets.

Critical Insight. When there is a failure in a test process, the cause is rarely immediately obvious. The successful candidate will be tasked with solving the most obscure and challenging problems. To do so, you will need to quickly diagnose and partition failures, pulling together cross-functional and cross-organizational expertise when necessary. As a successful candidate, you will need to demonstrate an ability to know when to dive deep and when to pull together a team of experts.

Data Driven. Our systems generate a lot of data. You have a knack for seeing patterns in data and drawing useful insights to help with troubleshooting and future development. Experience with telemetry-based testing is a big plus, as is familiarity with data visualization and statistical modeling.

Continuous Improvement. You are never satisfied with the status quo and are always looking for improvement opportunities. Step by step, you have a knack for driving change and improvements in yourself, your projects, and those around you. You are familiar with lean manufacturing and an expert with lean project management practices like scrum. In the 1-2 year timeframe, you will have a major impact to a variety of continuous improvement initiatives, helping the test engineering team and the whole organization become more efficient and capable with our processes, culture, and of course technology.


Experience/Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or related field required. Minimum 2 years of experience.

Eligibility Requirement: Must be a US Person (under ITAR rules) to be eligible.

This position may require knowledge of SOX / 404 internal audit controls and related documentation.

Astronics AES is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

Astronics AES is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with physical and mental disabilities.

If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please or call: . We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

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We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

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