• Test and Calibration Divisional Process Engineer - Test Fixture Focus

    Job ID 2018-3185
    Location Brookings, South Dakota
    Full Time
  • Responsibilities

    ***Accepting Applications Through 15 July 2018***


    Every day, in nearly 100 countries around the world, millions of people depend on Daktronics scoring and display systems for information and entertainment. Our displays provide vital travel information in airports and train stations and along highways. They advertise the price of gas, store specials, and more as you make your daily commute. They also enhance spectators’ experiences at sporting events of all kinds, from Little League to the major leagues.


    As a divisional resource group, the Test and Calibration Manufacturing Process Owner Group provides process development support to all Daktronics Manufacturing Factories and Business Units. This position will be responsible for developing innovative and robust methods for testing and programming our product, with a specific focus on functional test fixtures. This position will require working closely with our design and development engineering groups, factory personnel, Customer Service, vendors, and other divisional, process, quality, and product resources. The person in this position must have a strong understanding of electrical/electronic theory and application, along with a high level ability to apply this knowledge to practical applications that facilitate robust manufacturing operations. This position requires the creation of test/programming/configuration standards for engineers, programmers, technicians, and operators to follow. The selected individual will support all applicable factories or vendors in managing processes and applying/adhering to standards created and to support and maintain a high level of quality and workmanship.



    • Support Daktronics Vision, Mission, and Big Picture while working to develop and ensure capable, reliable, and supportable Test/Programming systems and processes in manufacturing.
    • Own and lead projects successfully from start to finish including test fixture development/design changes/optimization by creating detailed plans and completing goals and timeliness in conjunction with overall deadlines for new product developments or to meet customer requirements.
    • Act as or become a subject matter expert for test fixture equipment and processes. Provide consulting, leadership and demonstrate ownership of test fixtures or related systems during their development and use. Support vision development, advancement, and life-cycle planning.
    • Be the liaison between applicable manufacturing factories and engineering to continue to improve and standardize test and programming systems and processes.
    • Seek input from manufacturing customers regarding opportunities to improve cost/quality/delivery/readiness. Develop plans and act on this input to improve reliability, supportability, and throughput of Test and Calibration systems in manufacturing.
    • Develop and document requirements for test and calibration systems/processes as applicable. Support development and readiness of training materials, documentation, WI, procedures, and reference documents.
    • Utilize quality tools and accepted documentation methods and problem-solving tools to identify root cause, countermeasures and corrective actions or support continuous improvement.
    • Take initiative to solve problems and lead collaborative efforts to improve and standardize the status quo.
    • Work with appropriate vendors to develop and ensure robust test, program, and calibration processes as applicable.
    • Perform or specify qualification processes for related systems to ensure a high level of readiness in Manufacturing, Customer Service, or at vendors. Escalate any concerns and develop countermeasures as appropriate.
    • Assist with the testing and build of prototypes/pre-production units and assist with the manufacturing release process to ensure readiness.
    • Coordinate with Engineering on product changes.
    • Participate in applicable Knowledge Subcenters and/or Core Teams. Support related initiatives to standardize and improve related subject matter. Lead teams or initiatives as applicable.
    • Develop testing and programming standards for related systems and subject matter. Provide applicable training to operators, engineers, and technicians.
    • Provide escalated support as necessary.
    • Recommend process improvements to streamline product flow and be responsible for implementation of process improvements and lean manufacturing concepts within all factories.
    • Work effectively as a team member, work with little supervision, help when and where needed, and communicate effectively with customers and team members. Consistently complete quality work in a timely manner.
    • Coordinate and lead meetings as needed.
    • Work with 3rd party resources to advance our technology and knowledge base as applicable.
    • Perform other duties as assigned and needed to meet customer and/or department expectations.




    • BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Science, or similar.
    • Electronic Hardware, Electrical design, Test Fixture design/dev experience preferred. Mechanical design experience also a plus.
    • Some programming/scripting ability and/or National Instruments test equipment or software experience preferred.
    • Must have electrical, mechanical, and technical aptitude.
    • Fluent in English both written and verbal. Communicate effectively in a team environment.
    • Able to work on own and be a self-starter. Good time management skills required.
    • Ability to interact and collaborate with a variety of manufacturing and engineering employees in a positive, professional manner.
    • Ability to lead projects and coordinate the work of others to ensure project deadlines are met and expected results are achieved.
    • Knowledge of and/or capacity to learn the detailed workings of many different types of test and programming equipment.
    • Ability to lead or carry out troubleshooting efforts either in person or remotely to support escalations.
    • Physical Requirements include 
      •  The ability to lift and carry heavy (up to 45 pounds) and/or awkward items.
      • Must be able to stand and/or sit for the full shift and have full range of motion as required for the position.
      • Required to distinguish and identify colors (wires paint etc) as it pertains to the position.
      • Work with some odors associated with a manufacturing environment (paint solder welding coating etc).
    • Wear all protective equipment as required in work area. Items may include the following: safety glasses, safety shoes/boots, hearing protection, protective garments etc.
    • Some travel is required. Ability to travel by air and ground. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record. Motor vehicle records will be checked.
    • Background check will be conducted.
    • Effectively exercise discretion and independent judgement.
    • Daktronics does not sponsor immigration visas for this position.

    Daktronics is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetics, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or citizenship status. If you would like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please click here.



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