Manufacturing Test Engineer, PCBA at Planet

Posted on:
January 5, 2023

🔭 Our mission & vision

Job Description

Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is a global company with employees working remotely world wide and joining us from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, Germany, and The Netherlands.

About the Role:  

The Manufacturing Test Engineering Team is responsible for creating and maintaining the tests and infrastructure for our satellite manufacturing operations. Test Engineers on our team tackle projects large and small to design and build software and hardware to automate functional & integration testing, instrument calibration, and qualification testing for both production and design validation. As a member of the Manufacturing Test Engineering team, you will collaborate with design engineers to develop board-level test plans, and be responsible for designing and developing the test fixtures, test hardware and test software for individual boards as well as subsystems. This will involve working with a broad variety of disciplines, including our top-notch design, qualification, and manufacturing teams.

Impact You’ll Own:

Develop test plans in collaboration with design engineers

Develop custom board test fixtures and interface electronics and cabling

Develop bringup and boundary scan tests to enable rapid initial test coverage

Develop full functional tests for manufacturing, including under thermal cycling conditions

Continuous improvement of test software and hardware to ensure high reliability of test systems

Troubleshoot defective boards in collaboration with R&D, Validation, and Manufacturing 

What You Bring:

4+ years of PCBA test development experience 

Strong technical writing skills for authoring Test Plans and creating system diagrams

Experience troubleshooting hardware issues and identifying root causes

Expertise with measurement hardware like data acquisition systems

Expertise with lab equipment including high speed oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, multimeters

Demonstrated ability to design PCBAs from schematic capture to layout

Programming experience, with willingness to code in Python

Strong Linux fundamentals

Experience with DVCS such as git or mercurial

What Makes You Stand Out:

Knowledge of industry techniques for PCBA test

Comfortable with Altium tools for PCB design

Working knowledge of Boundary Scan

Experience developing boundary scan tests

Experience designing test fixtures

Strong Python programming skills

Comfortable scripting or using tools to analyze large datasets

Demonstrated experience developing bed of nails test fixtures

Contributions to open source projects

Experience with previous aerospace projects or cubesats

Experience in the mobile, networking, medical, robotics, IoT, or similar embedded device industries

Experience with some of our key technical areas, such as cameras or other image sensors, high-speed radio communication, high data rate storage systems

Benefits While Working at Planet:

Comprehensive Health Plan

Wellness program and onsite massages in specific offices

Flexible Time Off

Recognition Programs

Commuter Benefits

Learning and Tuition Reimbursement

Parental Leave

Offsites and Happy Hours

Volunteering Benefits

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace” —Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride. 

EEO statement:

Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs and we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. 

Accommodations:

Planet is an inclusive community and we know that everyone has their own needs. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation during the interview process, please call Planet's front office at 669-214-9404 or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential and we will be happy to assist you.

Privacy Policy: By clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this job posting, I acknowledge that I have read the Planet Data Privacy Notice for California Staff Members and Applicants, and hereby consent to the collection, processing, use, and storage of my personal information as described therein.

Compensation (only applicable for Colorado applicants):

The base pay range targeted for this position in Colorado is: $93,600 - $156,600. This role is eligible for equity.

The actual offer, including the compensation package, is determined based on multiple factors, including experience, location, and other business considerations.

Planet is registered as an employer in many, but not all, states. If you are not able to work from a state where Planet is registered, you will not be eligible for employment.

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