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Draper Electrical Test Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

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The Contested Environment Test Solutions group is seeking a multi-talented Engineer for an opportunity which offers participation in cutting edge technologies for a variety of applications including space exploration, satellites, defense, and aviation.

This engineer will support and lead test programs for a variety of specimens ranging from electronics (ASICs, MEMs, fiber optics, etc.) to inertial navigation sensors (accelerometer and gyroscope), to higher level integrated systems for specialized and unique applications within contested environments, such as radiation or GPS-denied environments. These projects often involve heavy emphasis on high performance, low size, weight, and power (SWaP) consumption, with stringent quality and requirement processes.

Work efforts extend into designing experiments, performing circuit design/analysis, conducting tests, data processing and analysis, and technical report generation. Additional responsibilities encompass system integration, test planning, infrastructure development, and execution of plans for requirement verification, as well as reliability or endurance characterization.

The candidate will be expected to work effectively both independently and with cross-functional teams. The successful candidate must possess effective communication skills both written and oral. Some travel to off-site locations will be required, less than 10%, typically local or less than one week in duration if non-local.

Required Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with a minimum of 2 years of applicable experience or a Master of Electrical Engineering.

  • Experienced with laboratory scale experimentation and analysis work such as electronics or programmable logic controllers (PLCs) including specialized test equipment for unique applications

  • Experience with standard test and measurement hardware (power supplies,

meters, etc.), integration and test of HW and SW elements and electronics based

components and subassemblies (breadboard HW, test equipment, etc.)

  • Design of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and/or simulation of electronic components with software such as LTSpice, KiCad, or similar

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a highly motivated, self-starter with willingness to continuously learn new technology as well as teach others and participate in a team environment

  • Proficient in data analysis techniques and software such as python, MATLAB, JMP, Java, or similar

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with commercial test instrumentation including data acquisition modules, PCI/PXI instrumentation, real-time embedded controllers and communication devices, MATLAB, LabVIEW, diagnostics and test and documenting related activities (plans, procedures, configuration, and test results) is desired

  • Systems engineering experience writing and implementing a variety of items such as Design Verification Testing, Acceptance Test Procedures, Performance Verification Testing, Formal Qualification Testing, Interface Control Documents, Design Specifications, Software or Hardware Test Reports, and Software or Hardware Test Procedures

  • Requirements management application experience in DOORS or other SysML tools such as MagicDraw a plus

  • Prior experience operating computer systems and protecting information at a Secret or higher information security level

  • Familiarity with mission-critical design processes, validation, or endurance testing

  • Radiological controls or radiation safety training a plus

  • Experience in aerospace, defense or related industry (NASA, MDA, DOE, DOD) a plus

Security Requirement:

  • Secret Clearance required

** Draper has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all Draper employees. This will be a condition of employment to work at Draper.


ID: 2022-6114

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc