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BAE Systems

Principal Test Engineer



Full Time

On Site


San Jose, California, United States

Job Description We are hiring a principal level engineering position at BAE Systems, Combat Mission Systems (CMS) in the Integration and Test organization in San Jose, CA. This is a hands-on and in-person engineering position and includes traveling to support field tests.

This position is for a test engineer experienced in vibration, shock and noise measurement and testing. The person will perform testing on tracked and wheeled military vehicles. Must be fluent in frequency domain data acquisition and processing. Typical jobs will be defining vibration and shock environment for mounting hardware in vehicles, interior and exterior noise level measurement, vibration and shock specification development, and modal analysis. Experience programing and operations electrodynamic shakers for vibration and shock are desired. The engineer will be responsible for developing cost estimates, test plans, instrumentation plans, instrumenting LRU, conducting testing, analyzing data and producing technical reports.

This position will also support a variety of other instrumented tests and support the Mechanical Component Lab (MCL), Vehicle Technology and Integration Lab (VTIL) and field tests.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills

  • Typically a bachelor's degree in engineering and 6+ years relevant experience. We may consider additional experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Core engineering background in Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronics, or Aerospace
  • Spectral processing, modal analysis, acoustic testing
  • Shock response and spectrum analysis
  • MIL-STD-810 G environmental test procedures
  • Advanced data acquisition and instrumentation skills including data processing, analysis, and presentation (MATLAB, VBA, etc)
  • Initiative and leadership
  • Mechanical aptitude with hands-on abilities and strong troubleshooting skills
  • Must work well independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to provide clear direction and guidance and/or execute on given direction from others
  • Ability to manage lab operations and lead a very small team
  • Ability to travel 2 weeks or up to a month at a time
Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • System or component level integration and testing experience including instrumentation and data acquisition setup, and data analysis.
  • Experience with CAN Bus and/or MIL-STD-1553 Bus, and familiarity with monitoring and analysis tools.
  • Test fixture design using CREO/Pro Engineer and/or other physical based modeling skills.
  • Training in spectral analysis relative to vibration testing, mechatronics skills, automotive design, or related test experience are preferred.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance.
  • Veterans with applicable training/experience are highly encouraged to apply.
About BAE Systems Platforms & Services BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference. The Platforms & Services (P&S) sector under BAE Systems, Inc does the big stuff: the armored combat vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, and naval ship repair…just to name a few. Our employees take pride in the work they do and why they do it. They are on the front lines every day, building our products to protect the lives of those who serve. We may be biased, but we think P&S does some of the coolest work around, and we think you will too. At BAE Systems, we celebrate the array of skills, experiences, and perspectives our employees bring to the table. For us, differences are a source of strength. We’re laser-focused on high performance, and we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where all employees can innovate and thrive. Here, you will not only build your career, but you will also enjoy work-life balance, uncover new experiences, and collaborate with passionate colleagues.