Senior Test Automation Software and Applications Engineer

£36000 - £65000 per annum
19 May 2017
16 Jun 2017
Phoebe Harris
Contract Type
Full Time
You will be resolving software/control related problems, producing tailored applications to facilitate automated unmanned running and standardisation of the user interface and software platform and processes. Taking the lead on technical improvement projects across the site providing best practice software / test set-up related advice to others.


Liaise with internal customers to understand their requirements and then provide appropriate software set-ups for the data acquisition and control systems. This will include the production of test scripts for automated testing. It will also include the production of standalone software utilities to aid the day to day testing activities.

Investigate, support and resolve software related issues using in house tools or by working with external suppliers.

Produce robust, reliable, efficient and reusable modular code and scripts.

Continually optimise and improve the software on the test systems with the aim of producing the most efficient and feature filled testing possible.

Support the specification, installation and commissioning of new equipment.

Educate on and encourage best use of department systems.

Responsibility for off the shelf software used on the test cell PC’s. This will include installation, license management and fault resolution.

Define and follow standards for code writing and test script writing.

Maintain a library of code, test set ups and test scripts.

Work closely with the electronics based members of the I&C team to understand how the system hardware interacts with the system software. This is with a particular focus on being able to quickly identify if a problem is software or hardware based.

Management of the software behind the I&C team’s equipment and information database.

Archiving of test data and code utilizing source & version control systems.

Ensure control system code results in safe operation of equipment for the end user, generally follow H&S guidelines.

Tune closed loop control systems.


Suitable software based, engineering or mechatronics degree is desirable

Skills and Experience

At least 5 years’ experience and extensive knowledge of Engine Test bed data acquisition systems e.g AVL, D2t, CP & DSG or or similar is essential.

Experience of test cell control & instrumentation systems and key ‘building blocks’ e.g AVL fuel meters, Horiba gas analysers, particulates samplers etc

Demonstrated experience of automotive ‘tools’ and facilities such as ETAS INCA and the use of ASAP driver in combination with the data acquisition system.

Understanding of PID tuning, and basic control engineering principals

Experience of equipment commissioning processes

Experienced coder familiar with the importance of modular code, debugging, excellent annotation, efficient coding for quick operation of programs and error management.

Proficient and experienced at coding in VB, C# etc. for native applications as well as websites.

Excellent route cause analysis skills & good technical thinker, preferably with experience with electrical and mechanical systems in drivetrain test environment.

Experience in managing software improvement projects, influencing others and driving change

Good network & server understanding with architecture design ability.

Good working knowledge of general engine mechanical and electrical operation is required to allow identification of incorrect engine test data.

Self-motivated, independent, conscientious, well organised, methodical, professional and logical.

Good understanding of design of experiment methodologies

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