Production Test Operator

02 May 2017
30 May 2017
David Hogan
Contract Type
Full Time
The Role:
• Test of electronic, analogue, digital and RF sub-systems up to 10 GHz . Including amplifiers, frequency up/down converters, complex RF and digital signal processing.
• Optimisation of RF circuits by stub tuning using parallel gap and thermal compression bonding techniques
• Quality control of test results and documentation; Initial fault diagnosis and raising of non-conformance reports.
• Competent in the use of all types of propriety analogue and RF test equipment including vector and pulse network analysers
• Flexible approach to working methods and patterns. Overtime and shift working will be required including nightshifts and weekends.
• Pro-active role in maintaining a safe working environment and a clear commitment to health and safety in the workplace.
• Willingness to accept change and actively support continuous improvement, Wiling to develop skills as required in support of production (assembly, test, inspection and support) and implement these flexibly.

Reporting directly to the Team leader:
• Achieve the production plan by certifying conformance of equipment by quality control production electrical testing in accordance with defined test procedures and company quality requirements.
• Support business and departmental improvement initiatives
• Support new product introduction and development

Internal Relationships
Team Leader;
• Escalate occurrences that prevent achievement of the production plan, including quality, cost and schedule impacts
• Report anomalous or out of limits results.
• Attend training as directed by team leader in conjunction with training coordinator
• Agree planned periods of holiday and absence
Support Engineering;
• Escalate deviations from work instructions, routings and any other production impacts to the production support team in the absences of the team leader
External Relationships;
• Represent team leader and department at impact reviews and meetings as directed
• Attend training and development courses as directed by team leader and training coordinator

Key Activities
• Maintain accurate quality control test results and test event logs.
• Provide first line fault analysis and raise mandatory non conformance reports for non compliant or anomalous tests
• Support introduction of new test methods
• Understand use and limitations of relevant test equipment
• Support and contribute to the introduction of production improvement and efficiency initiatives
• Have an awareness of business and departmental cost and schedule requirements
• Adhere to company and departmental Health and Safety and COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) processes and procedures
• Conform to company and departmental policies and procedures

Candidates will start on normal day work, however, it is expected that they will move to shift after product familiarisation.
Most frequently used shift pattern;
Shift early: 06:00hrs to 14:00 hrs attracts 20% uplift
Shift late: 14:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs 20% uplift
Some weekend working Saturday or Sunday may be required at peak times.
Occasionally there may be the need for night shift; 22:00 to 06:00 hrs for which 33% uplift is paid

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
• Essential Experience in RF, Microwave and Digital test techniques of space products in a clean room environment. Fault diagnosis skills to component level.
• Experience of Vector Network Analysers, oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers
• We are working up to 32 GHz, the candidate should have test experience in the range 1.5GHz to 32 GHz. Please note that MHz (UHF) experience is not relevant to this role.
• Clean room experience
• Testing of high reliability systems and subsystems.

• Minimum Requirement: HNC or equivalent qualification in electronic discipline plus demonstrable relevant experience.
• Desirable Requirement: HND in Electronics/physics

Desirable Skills / Qualifications:
• Desirable: Familiar with ATE and manual test systems. Electronics assembly or inspection expertise

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft’s services.

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