Manufacturing Test Specialist

Utilizes extensive knowledge and experience in setting up and performing thermal vacuum testing, including working with Engineering in the design and development of such systems.  Works directly with Program Management in providing pricing and planning for new test systems.  Applies knowledge and acquired skills in mechanical and/or electrical technology to assist in the design, fabrication and maintenance of test equipment for VACCO’s manufacturing areas.  Set up tests, adjust, align and maintain electro-mechanical systems in our Space, Defense and Avionics divisions.

In addition to performing the basic duties of their respective position, as Lead Person will work closely with their Manager/Supervisor and is responsible for the performance of a variety of support activities within their assigned department including directing employees in the department as needed to accomplish their duties and ensure that all processes and procedures are followed.  Additional duties may include overseeing the daily operations of employees in the department, the training of lesser skilled employees, developing work assignments, coordination with employees and support groups to resolve problems affecting schedules, and maintaining adequate supplies and tooling necessary to enable the department to efficiently respond to production demands.  


• Working from blueprints and/or schematics build and/or modify complete test systems  from conception to design through fabrication, including the acquisition of necessary components, applying skills in tube bending, flaring and mounting, electrical wiring and software interfacing to complete projects as assigned.
• Work with Engineering in the design and development of thermal vacuum test systems for use in Manufacturing and/or Engineering development.
• Confers with engineering personnel to resolve fabrication problems relating to specifications and review test plans.
• Calibrate and setup any data recording equipment, creating equipment manuals, test procedures and/or schematics as needed for new equipment.
• May assist in verifying test procedures for company products.
• Maintain and repair test equipment.
• May assemble and test prototypes from blueprints and/or sketches.
• Assist in any training of manufacturing personnel on the use of new equipment/systems, including thermal vacuum systems.
• Provide maintenance and support for test equipment in all Manufacturing areas i.e. Space, Navy, Aircraft and Filter test areas.
• Recommends and maintains involvement in Continuous Process Improvement throughout the Manufacturing Test areas.
• Confer with engineers, technicians, production, quality control and other technical personnel to resolve testing problems such as product or equipment issues, malfunctions, incomplete test data and interpretation with regard to systems design and testing procedures and results in order to resolve problems.
• When necessary perform specific duties as a Test Technician in support of Operations or Engineering.

Ability to operate various types of standard and special test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, data acquisition equipment, multimeters and standard precision inspection tools. Must have extensive knowledge and experience working with high vacuum systems. Ability to read and interpret procedures, blueprint and schematic drawings.  Possess good leadership and communication skills both verbal and written required to build relationships in order to work in a team environment. Use good judgment in decision making and problem solving.  Must demonstrate a proficiency in the use of MS software such as Word and Excel.  Basic understanding of manufacturing operation preferably in an Aerospace and/or manufacturing environment. 

Two year certificate from college or technical school; or ten (10) years of acquired technical experience in a manufacturing environment and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.