R&D Engineer - Expert, SW/FW in Lexington, MA at Volt

Date Posted: 1/8/2020

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Test Engineer, Expert SW & HW – 9 mo contract – Lexington, MA

Volt Workforce Solutions is seeking a Test Engineer to work with Software and Firmware for our client in Lexington, MA for a 9 month contract with potential to become permanent. 

Want to take your expertise further? Take the next step. Join us in this innovative, solutions-oriented environment and you'll take leadership of the development and design of product, process and technological advancements. You'll have lots of opportunity to research new technology, transform concepts and strategies into structured projects and make key technical decisions.

Want to be at the cutting edge of Research and Development? Join the team that’s taking world-leading  products from design to production. You'll learn about specifying components, how to utilize broad engineering concepts and research techniques, while also documenting research and design specifications.  You will design client products and specify the components that make up the products.

 Main Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute test plans verifying functionality of a newly developed analytical instruments involving low signal optical detection, temperature and motion control, and PC interfacing.
  • Work with electronic, mechanical, firmware, and software designers on a multidisciplinary team to test, document, and recommend improvements on the prototype designs. 
  • Analyze analog performance of high gain amplifiers and filter designs.
  • Work with engineer(s) to debug hardware/firmware/software issues.
  • Verify and document design and transition to manufacturing. 
  • Develop and document hardware design specifications, verification test plans and document results.
  • Develop FMEA and identify areas of improvement or potential solutions.
  • Write test software that for analyzing functionality of newly design instruments.
  • Work with quality engineers to ensure regulatory and compliance testing is passed.


  • Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in electrical/electromechanical engineering or similar field.
  • Experience with analytical instrument design, optical detection, and temperature/motion control.
  • Knowledge of metrology, good experimental technique, and documentation skills.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in developing test processes for newly developed instrumentation.
  • Ability to write test software in C# or Visual Basic.
  • Ability to lead test, debug, and analysis activities
  • Excellent time-management skills and commitment to meet deadlines.
  • Expertise in electrical CAD systems with working knowledge of schematic design and drawing standards.
  • Experience in firmware testing and development environments.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing, compliance, and regulatory testing.
  • Experience with emulators/debugger, oscilloscopes, logic-analyzers, environmental test chambers.
  • Basic hand tools, soldering, machine tools.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute test plans, procedures, scenarios, and test scripts to accurately verify new product designs, firmware and software updates, regulatory and compliance according to defined requirements.
  • Identify, analyze, and create detailed reports of problems that appear during testing such as hardware failures, firmware and software bugs or defects.
  • Work directly with hardware and software developers to find solutions and develop retesting procedures.
  • Provide frequent feedback to developers, including recommendations for improvements, evaluation of problems, potential solutions, and discussion of further test requirements.
  • Work with Quality, R&D, Manufacturing, and Service to write and assemble test software for current test protocols and future needs.
  • Work through the transition from R&D to Manufacturing including review of procedures, manufacturing testing criteria, rework and refurbish plans. 
  • Work with Service to identify test plans, problem identification, and repair procedures. Identify common parts and service parts as well as parts needed for preventative maintenance.
  • Design and implement automated testing tools when possible, and update tools as needed.

APPLY NOW to the position or contact Debbie Linville at 317-599-4893 for any questions and more details regarding this position.

Volt has been serving some of the nation's strongest companies for over 60 years. As a Volt employee, you can expect the highest level of on-site support. We have a long-standing tradition of developing lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with its employees.

Volt is an Equal Opportunity Employer