Test Engineer

Job Description:

Test Engineer Summary:

Signature Consultants is seeking a Test Engineer for an opportunity in San Francisco, CA. The Test Engineer will be responsible for the operation of complex tools and processes in an R&D laboratory environment creating and developing hardware devices. He or she will be an advanced-level operator of equipment associated with optical inspection, and designing and building novel optical inspection systems. Experience with optical measurement machines (OMM), related imaging software, and an associated program language(s) are required for this role, and familiarity with DSLR based photography is also preferred. This position will be held in a cleanroom environment with a gowning protocol. Collaboration with a cross-functional team of engineers to identify and differentiate defects, scaling-up the collection and storage of digital images, and reporting analysis to project teams is the overarching theme of this position.


  • Define, select, and assemble hardware and software components to build custom optical inspection systems
  • Advanced-level operation of inspection tools, including optical microscopes, optical profilometers, confocal microscopes, etc.
  • Support lead engineers by performing inspection of new components, substrates, and/or materials
  • Independent analysis of images to characterize and quantify defect types and densities
  • Maintain operation and throughput of product on an inspection line
  • Creating novel based imaging systems and programming/operating optical measurement machines
  • Operate an inspection system to collect optical based images and assess the quality and yield of microfabricated parts and assembled products
  • Perform other non-optical based measurements to test functionality of microfabricated parts and assembled products

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree in related field or equivalent experience
  • Hands on experience and strong background in designing and building optical imaging systems
  • High level experience with programming and operating optical measurement machines
  • Hands on experience operating inspection and characterization tools
  • Awareness of optical imaging software and related computer languages
  • Proficiency with optical test, inspection, and characterization methods
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced research environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of automated motorized stages
  • Knowledge of jig and stage design and fabrication
  • Experience with DSLR based digital photography
  • Understanding DOE methods for process optimization
  • Expertise in data management and databases

About Signature Consultants, LLC

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Signature Consultants was established in 1997 with a singular focus: to provide clients and consultants with superior staffing solutions. For the seventh consecutive year, Signature was voted as one of the “Best Staffing Firms to Work For” and is now the 14th largest IT staffing firm in the United States (source: Staffing Industry Analysts). With 26 locations throughout North America, Signature annually deploys thousands of consultants to support, run, and manage their clients’ technology needs. Signature offers IT staffing, consulting, managed solutions, and direct placement services. For more information on the company, please visit www.sigconsult.com.

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