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Hardware Test Engineer
Ref No.: 17-01473
Location: Mountain View, California
Position Type:Contract
Project Overview:
The Reliability Lab conducts mechanical and environmental testing to demonstrate the reliability of products and materials across the Alphabet line of hardware.
Hardware Test Technicians in the lab work closely with product teams and other cross-functional teams to highlight failures which drive corrective actions within the products and company.

As a Hardware Test Technician, you will work closely with the engineering team in support of Reliability, R&D, product development, and production. You will use state of the art equipment and techniques to test the reliability of products and materials.

Top 3 Daily Responsibilities:
  1. Follow established reliability test procedures and perform various environmental and mechanical reliability testing, photography of failures for documentation, and report generation.
  2. Set up and run test equipment (Instron tensile/compression system, Optical/digital microscope, Environmental chambers, Corrosion chambers)
  3. Record, analyze, and report test results using spreadsheets and charts.
Overall Responsibilities:
  • Perform mechanical testing including shock and vibration, surface durability, material characterization (tensile, compression, etc.) using a load frame, drop testing and tumble testing
  • Operate thermal chambers for temperature and humidity testing
  • Program axial robots
  • Provide timely updates on testing progress
  • Responsible for several tests / products throughout the development life cycle
  • Responsible for safe operation of test setups
  • Document work performed via post test reports
Required Skills:
  • B.S. in an engineering field
  • 2-4 years of experience in a testing lab or manufacturing with mechanical (some electrical) component / system testing
  • Experience with laboratory equipment, sample preparation, and general lab processes
  • Use of Environmental Chambers
  • Experience using electrical equipment: to power test systems, to monitor performance and for failure
  • Strong computer skills
  • Spreadsheet and presentation familiarity
  • Able and willing to do repetitive tasks
  • Able to work alone and with a group
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good verbal and written communication skills dealing with internal and external customers
Nice to Have Skills/Not Required:
  • Familiarity with Mechanical Shock testers
  • Experience with chemical testing
  • Experience with load cells, strain gauges, data acquisition systems, and data analysis
  • Proficient with our client Docs
  • Experience with Matlab, LabView &/or Solid Works or other solid modeling (CAE) package