Actuation Test Engineer

Livonia, MI

Posted: 04/03/2019 Industry: Defense

The Actuation Test Engineer is responsible for the design and development of test and controls equipment for the semiconductor, aerospace and automotive industry.  This job description indicates the general nature and level of the work that is expected.  It is not designed to contain a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities.  Other duties may be required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement test plans for new equipment, processes and materials
  • Design and develop test equipment
  • Install and commission systems with high power motor drives and motors, analog and/or digital servo systems.
  • Develop and install plant control systems with PLC’s from Allen-Bradley Modicon, Siemens, Texas Instruments, GE and Fanuc.
  • Program and operate industrial control systems for applications in the semiconductor, aerospace and automotive industries
  • Perform tests throughout the production stages to determine degree of control over key process variables
  • Analyze and interpret product test data through analysis of analog, digital, mixed signal, switching regulators and power circuits
  • Troubleshoot problems found in the development, test or installation of our products as they relate to electronics and recommend solutions
  • Review and support technical and pricing data with management
  • Investigate new instrumentation, explore new concepts and test operating practices in order to improve overall test process
  • Develop procedures and training for manufacturing support team
  • Develop and implement R & D plans along with the Test Equipment Design Engineers, for the development of custom electronics to lead to new products


Responsibilities associated with this position are typically performed in an office setting or designated administrative area and requires occasional visits to additional company facilities.  Movement through industrial or manufacturing areas is required along with the use of appropriate personal protective wear and consistent observance of established safety policies at all times.  This company maintains compliance with FAA and DOT regulations by ensuring a drug-free workplace. Travel to suppliers and/or customers may be required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of Five years of experience in similar organization or industry
  • Proficiency using computer based data entry systems such as MS Office
  • Proficiency using engineering software such as Visual Basic, LabView, C++, Pascal, AutoCad or Pro/E
  • Minimum five years of experience programming and working with Allen Bradley, Siemens, Modicon and Human Interface Equipment
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background check
  • Certain positions may require an additional physical examination


  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology


  • Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others
  • Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making


  • Oral & Written Comprehension/Expression — The ability understand and effectively respond to information and ideas presented through written or spoken words and sentences
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations)
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged


Rick Simon
Vice President of Sales

Rick is a technical sales and operations management professional within the automotive, defense and manufacturing industries. A career of supporting original equipment manufacturers, the tier supplier base and major defense contractors has presented opportunities within scope of work fulfillment and technical staffing (engineering, design, information technology). The ability to facilitate client projects and assist those with career choices has been an exciting and rewarding journey. His recent concentration in vehicle connectivity (electrification, autonomy, v2v, V2i) and the transformation of manufacturing technology (Industry 4.0) continue to fuel Rick’s interest. Rick excels at relationship building, account management, and employee retention initiatives within the engineering, design and security communities. Rick’s business education continually pushes him to process, processes management and success.

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