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Chief of Test / Principal Electrical Test Engineer

Company: Rantec Power Systems, Inc.
Location: Los Osos
Posted on: January 17, 2022

Job Description:

Rantec Power Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of RPS Holdings Inc. a management owned private company. Rantec Power Systems Inc. was originally established in 1956 and is a well-established electronics design and manufacturing company. The management team acquired the company from ESCO in 2003 and owns two additional companies. Today, Rantec Power Systems is a designer and manufacturer of military and aerospace electronic products for Tier-1 markets. An engineered solution company, Rantec has expertise in all aspects of design, manufacturing, and test. Product focus areas include:

  • MILITARY CUSTOM LOW VOLTAGE - Power supplies designed to specification for tactical applications/harsh environments.
  • MILITARY STANDARD PRODUCT - VME and VPX integrated solutions.
  • COMMERCIAL AEROSPACE - High voltage power supplies for cockpit CRT displays applications.
  • LEGACY - Spares, assemblies, and components for legacy platforms where Rantec is the OEM.Rantec customers are Tier 1 aerospace and defense contractors who value commitment and performance. Rantec is a preferred supplier to many, and regularly recognized for its exceptional technical performance, on-time- delivery and quality. Rantec intends to hire a Chief of Test, reporting to the Director of Engineering.
    ScopeThe Principal Test Engineer will be responsible for the overall test strategy and will provide technical guidance and leadership to Test Engineering, flowing information to Senior Leadership. They will perform and oversee all test engineering activities at Rantec to include; software development testing, hardware test, qualification testing, production testing, test equipment definition and fabrication, test scope in proposals, design reviews, project planning and product development. They will have overall leadership for on-time completion for test efforts and will report to the Director of Engineering.
    Performance Objectives:To achieve the mission for this position, the Principal Test Engineer must produce the following critical actions and results:
    Test Strategy and Leadership: Responsible for overall test strategy and architecture at Rantec. The Principal of Test will be responsible for the Master Test Plans of each program. The strategy will include all aspects of test including software, hardware, qualification, production test and test equipment. Define and oversee development of test equipment to meet program deliverables timely. Develop and maintain applicable Operating Procedures and Instructions under the AS9100 management system.
    Program Execution and Management: Drive programs with the team, ensuring the team's roadblocks are addressed and key project actions are completed within the timeline using strong technical background. Earned Value techniques will be used to track the integration and maturity of Rantec's products. Earned value techniques including scoping out and tracking progress against integration and test efforts to include problem resolution and maturing a development product. The Principal of Test will be responsible for budgeting and execution to the plan for test.
    Test Equipment Development: The Principal of Test will provide technical guidance and solutions to difficult test challenges. They will give input into integration and performance timelines. They will work closely with the team to ensure integration and test performance is complete against customer requirements and will review risks to the programs (earned value, schedule, and performance). The Principal of Test will establish test engineering standard design guidelines/processes and provide guidance to Engineering on Design for Test. They will assess development of test programs and equipment, participating in design reviews, product development and general product concepts. They will be key in development of new and innovate design strategies to reduce costs and improve production test performance.
    Team Management: This position will select, develop, manage, and evaluate personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the Test Engineering Team and timely adherence to project deliverables. They will ensure there is sufficient support to sustain engineering activities. They will participate in budget preparation and management. They will provide input and/or present at the annual strategic planning conference.This position will provide technical, programmatic and product improvement guidance and leadership to direct reports. They will help the team in development and revisions of design guidelines, design criteria and standard practices under the Rantec AS9100 Management System Procedures. For the Team, they will establish goals for direct reports and evaluate individual performance against those goals.
    Hiring: Hiring additional Department support to include; Test Engineer, Test Engineering Technicians and other Test resources needed to fully support the team.
    Background and Experience:The ideal candidate will have the following education, work history, knowledge, and skills.
    • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineer. Master's in engineering desired.
    • Minimum 10 years engineering experience with electronics, components, systems, and subsystems specifically related to power supply design.
    • Defense experience required. Aerospace experience preferred. Experience in a technical leadership role of a multi-disciplined engineering team.
      Knowledge and skills - Must have the following:
      • Working knowledge of open architecture software development and implementation.
      • Strong knowledge of test software developing with LabVIEW.
      • Working knowledge of advanced engineering design and analysis tools (Altium, Solidworks)
      • Ability to define requirements for test equipment and oversee development of equipment.
      • Integration and test experience with electronic systems.
      • Excellent troubleshooting skills and Root Cause Analysis.
      • Understanding and working knowledge of switch mode power converters. Knowledge of AC/DC rectification methods and system power analysis.
      • Applicant must be able to develop efficient test techniques to prove product designs that are on the cutting edge of technology in the areas of high current, high power, low voltage, high efficiency, high density.
        Additional Factors:
        • Willing to fully relocate to Los Osos, CA.
        • Due to contracts with the United States Government, candidates must be either US Citizens, US Permanent Resident or able to obtain the necessary export authorization license.
          Rantec is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran. Rantec will consider reasonable accommodation to its policies for employees and applicants due to sincerely held religious beliefs.

Keywords: Rantec Power Systems, Inc., Santa Maria , Chief of Test / Principal Electrical Test Engineer, Professions , Los Osos, California

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