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Electrical Test Engineer

Location: San Francisco
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

Join us at Gradient, where our purpose is to revolutionize home comfort while championing environmental sustainability. Our mission is to combat the escalating challenge of climate change by redefining how homes are heated and cooled. Today, the environmental impact of heating and cooling systems surpasses that of the entire transportation sector, and without intervention, this trend is set to escalate drastically. At Gradient, we believe that ensuring comfortable living spaces shouldn't come at the cost of our planet. We envision a future where every individual can enjoy the luxury of a comfortable home without contributing to carbon emissions. Our high-efficiency, low-carbon heat pump is just the beginning of our journey toward fully decarbonizing buildings. By joining Gradient, you'll be at the forefront of a movement to make sustainable living accessible to all, ensuring healthier communities and a brighter, greener future.
The estimated salary range for this role is $135,000-$158,000 USD per year + equity. Individual salaries vary on a number of factors including but not limited to geography, skills, education, experience and unique qualifications where applicable.
This role is required to be in our San Francisco office 5 days per week.
We are looking for someone to lead our products' design verification and validation strategies, write test protocols, design test equipment, and execute on verification plans, to ensure market and product specifications are met.

  • On-site role working closely with more senior engineers
  • Own verification and validation (V&V) testing for Gradient's HVAC products as they transition from product development into pilot production and beyond
  • Push our product to its electrical limits. Collaborate with design engineers to translate product requirements into test plans
  • Lead V&V discussions across engineering and other product stakeholders
  • Design and build new equipment and fixtures for V&V and manufacturing testing
  • Develop and maintain excellent documentation, while actively contributing to Gradient's quality management system

    Desired Qualifications:

    • BS or higher degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent
    • Minimum 4 years industry experience (no applications short of this will be considered)
    • Shared commitment to building world-positive businesses and products, from climate change mitigation to design as a tool for increased human well-being
    • Ability to work with and communicate with engineering and business teams, manufacturing facilities, external testing labs, and partner suppliers
    • Ability to work independently and adapt quickly to a dynamic startup environment, and to seek additional help/resources when needed
    • Experience with prototyping and fabrication of electrical assemblies
    • Working proficiency in Altium for both schematic capture and layout
    • Experience working with external test facilities to execute compliance tests

      Bonus Qualifications:

      • Experience with Design For Manufacture (DFM) and Design For Test (DFT) of systems with mechanical, electrical, and software components
      • Familiarity with ISO 9001 or other similar quality standards
      • Previous experience working on IoT products or in the HVAC / energy sector
      • Experience with Six Sigma or Lean Manufacturing best practices around root cause analysis.
      • Experience specifying test equipment for thermocouples, power measurements, etc.
      • Experience creating data logging methods during testing and analyzing the data


        • Equity
        • Medical/vision/dental/life/disability insurance
        • 401k
        • Paid parental leave
        • Professional Development Stipend
        • Commuter benefits
        • Unlimited PTO
        • Relocation package ( out of state applicants only )

          We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive company. We seek to create a culture where everyone can belong because we believe that people do their best work when they can show up every day as their authentic selves. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.
          Gradient is an equal opportunity employer. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law.


Keywords:, San Francisco , Electrical Test Engineer, Professions , San Francisco, California

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