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about 1 year ago
Location: Kirkland
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Operations
Category: Engineers Jobs

Test Engineer 4 (Manufacturing Test)

About the Organization
Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) serves the world's aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. We work side-by-side with customers, integrating our array of power, connectivity, lighting, structure, interior, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, we've delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers, and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.

We offer our breadth of technology solutions and services through 11 subsidiary business units and numerous award-winning product brands. Serving our customers is our first priority, and every day we honor this mission with quality, partnership, and energetic global vision.

Test Engineer 4


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.


The Test Engineer 4 is an integral contributor to a fast-paced new product introduction team. 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. By applying our deep understanding of test methodologies towards the creation of systems, we are able to transform test data into business intelligence.

The primary responsibility of this role is to design and develop automated manufacturing test solutions, to include test fixtures and test stations with rack-mounted test equipment. This position will successfully deploy to production in a controlled, on-time, and on-schedule fashion.


Power Expert. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to develop automated manufacturing test fixtures for power products that deliver up to 30kW of power. This involves creating robust and reliable test fixtures that operate in a challenging environment comprising of prototype hardware, software, and unit under test with high power flowing. An ability to work with a variety of tools (AutoCAD, Solidworks, OrCAD, etc) and abundant knowledge in power safety are keys to success. In the 3-6 month timeframe, the Test Engineer 4 will deliver highly complex test automation projects designed from scratch using the above skillsets.

Critical Insight. When there is a failure in a test process, the root cause is rarely immediately obvious. This role is tasked with solving the most obscure and challenging problems. To do so, the successful candidate will need to quickly diagnose and partition failures, pulling together cross-functional and cross-organizational expertise when necessary.

Data Driven. Our systems generate a lot of data. The successful candidate will 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. The Test Engineer 4 is never satisfied with the status quo and is always searching for improvement opportunities. Step by step, they will driving change and improvements utilizing lean manufacturing and expert-level lean project management practices like scrum. In the 1-2 year timeframe, this role will have a major impact on 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.


* Design and develop test fixtures used in manufacturing test of power supplies, power conversion, and power distribution products.

* Define and implement manufacturing test hardware architecture for reliability, robustness, diagnostic capability, and data capture.

* Design and develop electrical and mechanical assemblies for reliability, modularity, manufacturability, and maintainability.

* Perform root cause and corrective action efforts to resolve issues with manufacturing test equipment in production and at contract manufacturers.

* Develop and refine test requirements and procedures for power products.

* Design and develop environmental test fixtures used in thermal and vibe chambers.

* Plan, coordinate, and perform test engineering activities throughout entire lifecycle of test equipment development from analysis through deployment.

* Align hardware development and processes with lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles and objectives.

* Software development skill in C# a plus.

* Experience with regulated industry a plus.



Experience/Education: BS/BA degree in Engineering/Computer Science and 7 years related experience required.


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

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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