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Powertrain Engineering Test Technician



South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

The Powertrain team is a multi-disciplinary hardware and software team responsible for designing the electric drivetrain at the heart of our life-saving drone delivery service, operating in some of the harshest environments on earth.

As a Powertrain Engineering Test Technician, you will work on the build, assembly, and testing of powertrain hardware. This role will have you working closely and learning from our design and development teams to build custom equipment and execute tests, analyze data, and make recommendations for improvements to components such as motors, gearboxes, propellers, and batteries.

What You'll Do

  • Execute test cases and test plans on powertrain components, including electric motors, battery systems, propellers, and power electronics.
  • Build and contribute to the design of cutting-edge test equipment including dynamometers and custom wind infrastructure.
  • Collect and analyze data from tests, and document results with precision.
  • Build test articles at all stages of design maturity. Contribute manufacturability feedback to the design process.
  • Maintain and operate our state-of-the-art powertrain test laboratory, ensuring that equipment is calibrated and in excellent working condition.
  • Collaborate with Powertrain Engineers to identify component issues and develop solutions that ensure our drones operate at the best reliability and performance.
  • Manage a large number of components through various stages of environmental and lifetime testing, including Lithium-Ion Cells, Batteries, Motors, and Propellers.

What You'll Bring

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in a build or test technician role.
  • Experience in the areas of dynamic testing and electric drivetrain, such as motor and gearbox performance, battery testing, and/or propeller testing.
  • Experience with environmental and durability testing, for example vibration and shock testing.
  • Clear communication skills and the ability to explain technical challenges and solutions.
  • Attention to detail in documentation and test execution.
  • Experiencing using industrial test automation and data logging equipment (NI cDAQ) and associated sensor selection.
  • A combination of: soldering, harnessing, machine-shop skills, instrumentation, data analysis.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US
  • Must be able to work in person at Zipline’s South San Francisco Headquarters

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $28 - $38 / hour. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; overtime pay; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!