Equipment & Tool Engineer

PDS Tech Inc. is seeking an Equipment and Tool Engineer, in Sylmar, CA.
+ Design solar panels, solar panel components, and associated support tooling in AutoCAD / Inventor Pro Suite.
+ Also design and update searchlight and high intensity illumination products for solar cell and solar panel test in AutoCAD / Inventor Pro Suite.
+ Work closely with Panel Product Engineers to translate customer schematics and specifications into manufacturing efficient panel layouts and detailed manufacturing drawings, inclusive of Bill of Materials (BOMs), detail views, wiring lists, schematics, and notes.
+ Participate in round-table drawing reviews and CAD-check of drawings generated by others.
+ Generate soft tooling files from AutoCAD model.
+ Learn to generate and check photomask drawings.
+ Work with Illuminations Systems Product Engineers to generate and update part and assembly documentation needed for procurement, manufacturing and assembly, including generation of 3D models, verification of model tolerances, and model management in VAULT.
+ Work with Product and Process Engineers to identify and define the manufacturing support tooling necessary to safely build and test the hardware in conformance with customer requirements.
+ Generate tooling procurement and assembly drawings and models using AutoCAD/Inventor Pro Suite.
+ Support proposal and design trade efforts by providing rapid assessment of potential layout options.
+ Assess customer ICDs for manufacturability and provide feedback/improvement suggestions to enhance compliance and/or manufacturability.
+ Participate in LEAN improvement initiatives from both manufacturing and engineering perspective.
+ Continually advance ideas for streamlining both design/documentation and manufacturing processes by applying DFMAT principles to all generated and reviewed deliverable hardware and manufacturing/support tool designs.
+ Apply GD&T principles to assure manufacturability for internally built assemblies and to help resolve procurement issues.
+ Use Finite Element Analysis to support new design development and Root Cause investigations.
+ Use Inventor CFD tool to assess thermal and mechanical stress on deliverable hardware and to assess factors of safety for assembly/ground support tooling.
+ Assist Product Engineering in preparation of program SDRL documentation, including parts and material lists, mass analysis, magnetic moment analysis, and detailed design descriptions for internal and customer review packages.
+ Learn to perform radiation and power analysis and to generate handling procedures and hardware test reports to backfill as needed during periods of high volume activity.
+ Bachelor's and 2 or more years' experience or a Master's degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry.
+ ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard.
Basic Qualifications:
+ Proficiency in 2D and 3D CAD modeling using AutoCAD/Inventor Pro Suite 11 (or higher).
+ Use of block part libraries.
+ Generation of multilayer drawing packages, detailed assembly views, and schematics.
+ Familiarity with AutoDesk Vault.
+ Demonstrated working knowledge of basic GD&T principles.
+ Working knowledge of Finite Element Analysis techniques, preferably using Inventor Pro Suite Analysis package (including definition of model, mesh, and boundary conditions and interpretation/presentation of the results).
+ Ability to read/generate electrical schematics.
+ Experience with PCBs or other electronics packaging and wiring design.
+ Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of both internal and external customers and colleague.
Preferred Knowledge / Skills:
+ Familiarity with VBA, SQL, or Labview.
+ Familiarity with basic physics of solar cells, photolithographic processes, Aerospace materials and assembly techniques, PCBs and electronics, FEA and FMECA analysis techniques.
+ Ability to compile and present data using Excel and PowerPoint, and to generate/update procedural documentation using MS Word.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

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