Zipline’s New Product Introduction (NPI) team is hiring a Technician who will be responsible for prototype builds of new systems, as well as troubleshooting and maintaining this hardware throughout testing. The technician is expected to execute builds with few written instructions, must be comfortable working with schematics, creating process instructions from verbal directions, and working closely with Design Engineering personnel to validate their own work; check the quality of previous operations and meet schedules set by the Test/NPI Supervisor.
The ideal candidate for this role is someone with extensive problem solving experience, and a solid understanding of how to work safely with electromechanical systems. The position will be located between our Headquarters in South San Francisco and our R&D facility
in Half Moon Bay, California.
- Support early prototyping and testing activities by building and maintaining hardware
- Maintain complex test equipment and infrastructure in a neat and orderly fashion.
Perform complex and precise electro-mechanical assembly work and be able to work independently once a task is assigned.
- Make connections with other employees, learn how teams interact, and work fluidly with the NPI and Engineering teams.
- Provide design feedback to Engineering, as well as work closely with them to troubleshoot issues that come up during builds.
Meet aggressive deadlines, and provide support as needed during testing.
Handle a variety of operations, including troubleshooting and rework requiring a sufficient understanding of the functional operation of the items assembled as well as the finished product.
- Work from complex and detailed schematics, drawings, and/or verbal and written instructions and specialized fixtures/test equipment.
- Have a quick and flexible approach to problem solving, task juggling, and collaboration.
- Comfortable working on multiple projects simultaneously.
- Update production records and test results, record process improvements and manufacturability suggestions.
- Communicate build results, ideas, and problems to supervisor and Design Engineers.
- Identify discrepant materials/components verbally and in writing to the Test/NPI Supervisor.
- Comfortable with working long hours when required to achieve deadlines.
- Escalate build issues through the proper channels and drive to resolution.
- Coach and effectively lead new technicians on builds when multiple technicians are required to complete projects.
- High School diploma or equivalent. AS degree preferred.
- Minimum of 4 years’ experience in assembly or manufacturing of electro-mechanical components.
- Basic understanding of electrical, pneumatic, and mechanical systems.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to read and understand manufacturing instructions and mechanical drawings with basic understanding of electrical systems.
- High level of craftsmanship and attention to detail married with the ability to work quickly.
- Quality focused and able to manage their time in juggling multiple competing tasks.
- Able to lift 30-50 pounds on a daily basis and to maintain a safe working environment.
The ideal candidate has deep knowledge and experience with at least 1 of the following:
- Electronics Prototyping and Wiring/Harnessing
- IPC Certification