Senior Test Engineer

Thomaston, Connecticut, United States


  • Full Time
  • 1
  • Never
  • 15-20 years
  • Green Card, US Citizen

Job Description

Purpose: The Senior Test Engineer role is responsible for the entire Engineering Qualification Test Lifecycle Process in order to objectionably demonstrate that deployed and delivered WL Products are able to satisfy contractual environmental and operational requirements.

The Senior Test Engineer is responsible for:

  • Design and development of Qualification test procedures that satisfy contractual requirements
  • Technical oversight and direct participation in the execution of Qualification testing
  • Analysis, summary and documentation of Qualification Test results in a reporting format that satisfies contractual requirements
  • Maintaining and managing an Engineering test lab area, including the maintenance and calibration of capital test equipment within that area.
  • The scheduling of external qualification lab test facilities

The Senior Test Engineer will work with a cross functional product development team, from project inception to final product delivery to ensure optimal project performance. The Senior Test Engineer will utilize standard EDA tools, such as schematic capture, CAD, VISUAL Studio, MS Office, and FPGA programming tools to develop and document formal Qualification test procedures that conform to contractual requirements, and may be subject to customer review and approval.

WL products that are subject to Qualification test include motor controllers, Electronic Overload Relays (EOLR), electromechanical switching devices (contactors, relays, etc.), motor-generator sets, and bus transfer switches.

Essential Functions

  • Design, develop and generate Qualification Test Procedures
  • Oversee and directly participate in the formal execution of Qualification testing.
  • Generate Qualification Test Reports
  • Maintain and manage Engineering test lab area
  • Ensure calibration certification of Engineering test instrumentation and measurement resources are maintained.
  • Plan, schedule and procure outside test resource facilities when necessary, as required
  • Personally oversee the execution of outside test execution as necessary
    • e.g. EMI compliance to MIL-STD-461
  • Review Qualification and Design Engineering Test processes and practices for opportunities to improve quality and/or lower costs.
  • Develop qualification procedure and report templates that may serve as basis for generating new procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Controls Engineering Manager.


Reports to Controls Engineering Manager.
Ensures that all work is done in accordance with Customer specifications and Company Policy.

Communicates progress and issues in a prompt manner to the Controls Engineering Manager as well as to rest of the relevant Engineering team.

Physical Requirements:

Job requires sitting at a desk doing normal office work, including phone communications and using a computer. Also involves standing and walking in an office and a manufacturing facility.

Environmental / Safety / Time Allocation

  • Spends approximately 60% of time working at a desk in a normal office environment.
  • Spends about 40% of time on work away from desk in an Engineering Test lab environment, or at an outside Qualification Test lab facility.
  • Must wear eye protection and any other required personal protective equipment while in the Engineering Test lab, as well as the shop floor.

Training / Cross Training / Progression

  • Maintains knowledge of latest industry trends and standards to ensure optimal performance
  • Trains junior Engineers to ensure orderly and uniform dissemination of knowledge.
  • Cross trains with Rotating Machines group to support motor qualification.

Requirements for this position are to also be engaged in: 5S, Continuous Improvement, On-Time Delivery, Routine Total Preventative Maintenance and the submission of Improvement Ideas.

Education / Experience

  • BSEE minimum
  • 15 year experience minimum, working in a Design Engineering Test organization.
    • Ideally, 5 or more years in a technical leadership capacity.
  • Practical experience with the following MIL SPECs, as applicable to Qualification Test:
    • MIL-S-901
    • MIL-STD-461
    • MIL-STD-1399-300, Type I
  • Experience in the use of AutoCAD Electrical schematic capture, or similar.
  • Knowledge of industry recognized drafting and electrical CAD standards.
  • Knowledge of industry specifications including NEMA and UL specs and standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in cross-functional team environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, with attention to detail and quality.
  • Experience working with 480 VAC, 3-phase power systems.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with MIL-DTL-2212 (greatly preferred).
  • Knowledge of power systems and / or industrial automation & controls.
  • Functional knowledge of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) applications.
  • Knowledge of Naval and commercial power systems.
  • Experience entering product structure data into ERP systems (Visual Manufacturing is a big plus).
  • Experience with Lattice and Xilinx FPGAs.
  • Experience with Solid Works 3D modeling.
  • Basic PLC skills.


IMPORTANT: All resumes must be submitted with a brief candidate summary that outlines the key qualifications required for this position as per the job description. Please showcase all skills and experience relevant to each requirement for THIS particular job. This write-up will be shared with the client along with the resume. Candidates without a proper write-up will not be forwarded to the client.

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