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Engineering Test Technician (Contract)



South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024

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 Integration, Structures, and Mechanisms program is a multi-disciplinary hardware team responsible for building and maintaining Zipline’s engineering prototype fleet. As an Integration Engineering Test Technician, you will work on the build, assembly, and testing of prototype hardware. This role will have you working closely and learning from our design and development teams to review how designs integrate to each other and brainstorm solutions to resolve hardware risks. If you're a self-starter with a strong background in building and testing prototype hardware, and you want to be a part of a team that is making a real difference in the world, then we want to hear from you.

What You'll Do

  • Build test articles at all stages of design maturity. Contribute manufacturability feedback to the design.
  • Manage multiple prototype builds through various stages of electrical and mechanical tests to ensure performance of critical hardware. Lead electrical checks of fully assembled prototypes to ensure vehicles are flight worthy after assembly.
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software failures by working closely with Electrical and Embedded Software Engineers.
  • Brainstorm and prototype fixtures to resolve assembly or maintenance risks.
  • Collaborate with Structures, Integration, and Mechanism Engineers to identify component issues and develop solutions that ensure our drones operate at the best reliability and performance.

What You'll Bring

  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience in a build or test technician role.
  • Experience in prototyping, assembly, or manufacturing of electro-mechanical components.
  • Experience writing code with Python, Java, or C++
  • Ability to model simple parts using CAD software.
  • High level of craftsmanship and attention to detail married with the ability to work quickly.
  • Clear communication skills and the ability to explain technical challenges and solutions.
  • A combination of: soldering, harnessing, machine-shop skills, technical documentation, data analysis.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US.
  • Must be able to work in person at Zipline’s South San Francisco Headquarters.
  • Contract will require a 6 month commitment.

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $32 - $42/ 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!