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Hardware Test Automation Engineering Intern [Fall 2024]



Software Engineering, Other Engineering, Quality Assurance
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2024

About Zipline

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 the first instant logistics system that serves all humans equally. Leveraging expertise in robotics and autonomy, Zipline designs, builds, and operates a fleet of cutting edge, autonomous delivery drones. We serve tens of millions of people around the world.

Joining Zipline’s Emerging Talent program as an intern is an opportunity to contribute to our promise of building a system that provides equitable access to critical healthcare supplies for millions of people. We believe that internships are more than just opportunities to learn by watching or doing low level tasks. We expect our interns to take on meaningful work that actively contributes to moving Zipline’s mission forward, while learning real-world skills that will serve them in their careers for the long term.

Join us, and build the future of logistics with the best humans around!

About the Hardware Test Team

The Hardware Test team develops, and deploys high quality software that powers our automated testers for all our next-generation systems. By developing these test capabilities, we enable the design and manufacturing teams to make data and results driven decisions. As a very versatile team, we design and build quick-and-dirty systems for quick answers as well as more robust systems to unlock longer-term data-collection and lifetime-testing assets. Ultimately, our main goal is to work across the engineering functions to ensure that all our components, assemblies and vehicles can fulfill their roles and perform vital deliveries.

The Role

In developing a test asset, you will gain a deep understanding of the system you are working on. This could be the full avionics stack and the embedded code that lives in them, including flight computers, power distribution boards, battery management systems, and motor controllers. The test of these systems will likely involve the design and build of mechatronics systems and along with the development of complex scripts that automate many sensors and actuators with operator safety in mind. In all cases, you will have full ownership of the results of your work from early system prototypes to the data analysis and recommendations that come from it. If this sounds like something you'd be excited to tackle, read on.

What You'll Do

  • Work with cross-functional teams in order to build a clear set of component and/or tester requirements
  • Architect and implement software to validate the design and assembly of components from circuit boards to large mechanical assemblies
  • Develop automation-centric software to streamline components testing, data collection and analysis
  • Gain a deep understanding of the components under test to become an expert on its expected and intended behavior under different conditions
  • Own a test asset through its entire lifecycle from planning and implementation to validation and analysis of results

What You'll Bring

  • Experience programming in Python with some knowledge of embedded C
  • Experience developing software that interfaces directly with hardware and instrumentation
  • Experience navigating data sheets and writing basic drivers for new components
  • An understanding of basic electrical and/or mechanical principles
  • Experience working with common electrical test instrumentation (multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.)

What Else You Need to Know

Our internships are full-time positions, in-person at our South San Francisco office. We will host our Fall 2024 interns from September to December.

The starting cash range for this role is $36 - 40 / 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, and working location. The total compensation package for this role may also include: overtime pay; commuter benefits; paid sick time; and more.

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.

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!

Zipline is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your point of contact at Zipline know if you require any accommodations throughout your interview process.