Date Posted
15 Feb 2019
Cobham Wireless are looking for a Test Development Engineer.  This role is to develop automated production test equipment for telecom Products, Das systems and Mobile phone repeater systems. Electronics design of jigs and adaptors. Programming of test instruments. Build and qualify prototype system. Document design. Commissioning of systems and training of personnel.
About Cobham Wireless
Cobham Wireless develops, manufactures and sells DAS (Distributive Antenna Systems) solutions and digital repeaters to the cellular and public safety worldwide markets.
The UK Engineering team focuses mainly on patented DAS and digital repeater solutions.
The R&D team in the UK consist of circa 20 system architecture, hardware, software and firmware, and mechanical engineers and programmers developing the next generation DAS and digital repeaters including on–board train repeaters.
The engineering team provides engineering support to the outsourced production lines.
Technology includes: RF, digital, software and mechanical design and development, cellular and public safety technologies, wireless system engineering, providing cellular and public safety standards and certification processes.
This role is based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire   

As a Test Development Engineer your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

  • Degree in electronics design or equivalent experience and knowledge
  • 5-10 years of experience of RF test equipment design.
  • Experience of RF applications and digital circuits (microprocessors e.g. PIC, one board computers)
  • Experience of RF test instruments and auxiliary equipment
  • Experience of operating systems Windows, Linux
  • Test automation software LabVIEW/TestStand/LabWindows/ CVI
  • Programming skills Preferred but not essential C#, C++, python, SQL. LabVIEW, Java,
  • Experience of protocol and bus standards. RS232, RS485, SPI, UART, Ethernet (LAN IP)
  • Experience of databases My SQL, MS SQL Server etc.
  • Experience of SVN Subversion repositories and file replication.
  • Knowledge of TFTP servers
  • Performance verification of test systems (SW component testing, Measurement system analysis, Gauge R&R, etc.)
  • Statistical tools for verification of production variations (Six sigma approach preferred) 

As a Test Development Engineer your main responsibilities will involve:

Transfer product specifications to test specifications, identify test requirements and test methods for the company’s products.
  • RF tests for amplifier performance for W-CDMA and LTE as per radio standards for mobile communication. (E.g. ETSI, FCC, RED).
  • RF test for filters and passive components PIM, S-Parameters, Isolation, etc.
  • Power supply and Power distribution
  • Communication protocols for products SPI, RS232, RS485, UART, Ethernet (IP), USB.
Specify, design and build test equipment from requirements to secure robust production test complying with health and safety and radio directives.
  • RF path using RF components and instruments
  • Communication (data exchange with DUT, parameter setup in DUT)
  • Mains voltage applications
  • Documentation of design and user instructions
  • Service and maintenance plans
  • Design jigs and fixtures to support the DUT during the test cycle.
  • Electronics
  • Embedded software on one board computers
Program test procedures as per specifications for test automation
  • Working practice of LabVIEW/TestStand/LabWindows/ CVI is an advantage
  • Add and modify SW drivers for the instruments SCIPI commands over mainly GPIB
  • Write embedded SQL for transfer of data to backend databases.
  • Adding and changing functionality to the Test executive software written in C#, C++, Ansi C
Find best practice and concepts to minimise cost and maximise utilization of test equipment
Commission systems and train personnel at sub-contractors and manufacturing plants mainly around Europe
Maintain and update production test systems already commissioned
Identify new equipment and tools to improve test systems and methods
About Cobham plc
Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the greatest challenges, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.
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