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QC Test Developer, Full Time

Collaborate with a team of test developers, production, and product engineers in an open source company to design test procedures used in production to supply the next generation of electronics enthusiast!

Shift: M-F 9-5 with some Flexibility

Department: Engineering

About SparkFun

SparkFun Electronics is an open source e-retailer focused on making embedded electronics accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. SparkFun was instrumental in creating the Open Source movement and remains a leader dedicated to making it more commonplace. We strive to educate, encourage, and supply our customers in all things electronic.

In 2003, CU student Nathan Seidle shorted a programmer in his dorm room and, in lieu of a way to order easy replacements, decided to start his own company. Since then, SparkFun has been committed to sustainably helping our world achieve electronics literacy from our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. No matter your vision, SparkFun’s products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible. In addition to over 2,000 open source components and widgets, SparkFun offers curriculum, training and online tutorials designed to help demystify the wonderful world of embedded electronics. We’re here to help you start something.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. SparkFun offers an abundance of opportunities to learn new skills from other Funions, in addition to many other benefits and perks.

About the Engineering Department

SparkFun's Engineering Department is responsible for the elaboration, design and development of SparkFun’s original products. This includes microprocessor boards, sensor system breakout boards and everything in-between. In our web-store, if the PCB is red, it was produced by the SparkFun Engineering team.

The Engineering department focuses on team collaboration and success, developing users centered products in a highly cooperative, communicative and transparent manner.

Open Source and its associated community are key values for SparkFun, and a key part of all our software efforts. All embedded software is open source and community driven. SparkFun developed technology is given back to the community through updates or complete open source projects.

If you like the sound of our Engineering team and want to hack on the software that powers our embedded products, this team is your home.

About SparkFun's Next QC Test Developer

SparkFun is looking for a Test Developer to help keep production ready to produce any currently live assemblies or new products coming down the pipeline from Engineering. This will include critical design review of new prototypes, and the designing of test procedures necessary for production. The developer will work closely with the engineering team to ensure the product is buildable and testable. The developer will focus on creating robust, reliable, user-friendly solutions designed around best practices, but also incorporating new ideas as necessary. The developer will also contribute to finding solutions to any issues that arise on the production floor related to quality and/or testing. This includes larger issues that may involve a product revision, pasting, reflow, cleaning, and smaller more immediate issues that arise for a technician with their testing equipment or computer.

The ideal candidate will need to be comfortable in Arduino and EAGLE as well as working with a soldering iron for very precise hand population of PTH and SMD assemblies - as all of our testbeds are build by hand. They will also need to have a calm demeanor capable of balancing lots of high priority projects simultaneously. Self learning and creativity is very crucial in this position, because many of the products involve new technologies and require innovative testing solutions (both in hardware and software).

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop test procedures for new products and product revisions, which adheres to existing standards for testing methodology, hardware/software integration and documentation, and which passes peer review.
  • Provide feedback to engineering on DFM, DFT and product usability. This is done at both the early prototyping phase, and then again right before the design is cleared for production quantity purchases.
  • Attend small group reviews for any products that you are assigned to as the test developer (PROTOs and REDs). Anticipate problems in production and provide ideas to change the design to avoid these potential issues.
  • Double-check designs for engineering using the Engineering Design Rule Checklist (PROTOs and REDs). Work with the engineer to modify the design as necessary to meet SFE standards.
  • Perform design reviews and provide feedback to other QC team members’ testbed designs. Help anticipate problems that may come up in testing (both product related and production technician error related).
  • Respond to quality control related issues on the production floor, aiding technicians in troubleshooting issues regarding assembly, cleaning, programming, testing and visual inspection processes to keep production running smoothly, and where necessary updating or correcting processes to prevent further issues.
  • Revise old test procedures and documentation to adhere to new developments in equipment design and quality control standards.
  • Organize and maintain all quality control related materials necessary for assembly and production, including but not limited to product firmware, test jig design files, test code, and test procedure documentation.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of Sparkfun’s product catalog and of each product’s associated assembly process and test procedure, particularly how it works and common issues associated with it.
  • Maintain and repair production testing equipment, including but not limited to repairing or replacing broken test jigs and maintenancing assembly technician’s computers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A good understanding of general electrical engineering and embedded electronics design. Key elements of testbed design revolve around Ohm's law, voltage dividers, transistors, high side switches, capacitive touch, switch ICs, current/voltage behavior and control.
  • A thorough understanding of Eagle PCB layout software.
  • A thorough understanding of Arduino programming language, including the installation and use of libraries.
  • Documentation skills for creating clear, concise written documentation for test procedures with pictures and minimal text.
  • Ability to multi-task, balancing several issues at once and think on your feet, all the while maintaining attention to detail and keeping your cool.
  • Desire to be challenged and learn new skills.
  • Self learning is a very important ability for this position. Each new product will 99% of the time involve a new technology and although you will have the help of the primary engineer on the project, you will also be expected to figure out a lot of stuff on your own.
  • General knowledge of Windows 10, driver installation, and various software applications including AVR Studio, the Arduino IDE and various terminal programs.
  • Creativity and a willingness to try new, innovative methods.
  • An eye for efficiency and quality, never accepting less than what our customers and our fellow employees deserve.

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience working with modern version control systems such as Git
  • A functional understanding of Windows batch files
  • A functional understanding of Python programming language.
  • Comfortable setting up and using Linux OS (Raspberry Pi) and using it in various ways to control/augment testing methods.
  • A functional understanding of Sparkle (our in-house inventory and financial planning software), and the ability to utilize it to monitor build efficiency, stock, and streamline assembly for problematic products.

SparkFun Benefits & Perks

SparkFun Electronics offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, in addition to several perks. In regards to benefits, we offer medical, dental, and vision insurance. And, we offer a 401k match, disability, life insurance, and a flexible leave policy.

SparkFun offers many perks, including but not limited to a dog-friendly workplace, professional development opportunities, an on-site fitness center, lunch and learns, and internal classes to learn from fellow Funions! Flexible schedules are also available.

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