Sr Test Engineer - Cycle & Hardgoods


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Product Design/Development
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REI Location
Seattle HQ
Remote Eligible
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What's cool about this job
Responsible for creation of test protocols and necessary equipment for testing new or existing technologies and products; testing individual products and complete product lines associated with moderate to extreme levels of difficulty, complexity or breadth of scope, through the use of testing practices and other evaluation techniques in coordination with multiple cross-functional teams.

Your Planning & Navigating Requirements 

  • Research, design and execute formal test plans pertaining to REI developed and competitor products
  • Direct the efforts of outside testing labs to ensure adherence to industry and internal standards
  • Effectively execute all test requests coming into the lab, follow through on requests and ensure appropriate communication of results
  • Perform DFMEAs and other analysis with cross functional teams to determine needs for new test requirements
  • Design and iterate sketches, drawings, specifications, models and working prototypes to develop new test methods in the absence of standardized test methods
  • Fabricate appropriate equipment in the absence of standardized test fixtures utilizing industrial shop tools
  • Operate and maintain industrial shop tools
  • Provide expert analysis of qualitative and quantitative test results and present objective recommendations to cross-functional product development teams
  • Maintain and readily communicate applicable test standards.  Ensure standards are up to date
  • Maintains archives of all lab test methods, procedures, protocols, documents, and records
  • Provide expert advice for failure analysis of product
  • Keep informed of the latest developments in the field by reading trade journals, individual contacts and attendance at appropriate meetings and/or trade shows
  • Provide mentorship to Staff Test Engineers
Bring your passion and expertise
  • 4-year degree in Engineering or related field
  • 8 year’s prior experience in a similar position
  • Computer experience and knowledge of Microsoft applications required (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Computer experience and knowledge of 2D and 3D design programs, proficiency in Solidworks is preferred
  • Strong familiarity with related testing practices, procedures and equipment
  • Technical Aptitude - Ability to perform professional testing assignments of wide variety and complexity under general direction with considerable discretion as to work details given experience level
  • Fostering Innovation - looking beyond the norm to develop new practices and embrace necessary change
  • Effective Communication - Clear communication to internal and external customers in multiple formats (written, verbal)
  • Possessing expertise in professional area with experience backing it up.  Maintaining knowledge of current advancements in technical areas
  • Promoting Teamwork - Utilizing the power of the team over individual contributions; Appreciating the Mechanical Engineering / Industrial Design development relationship
  • Knowledge of construction and quality of apparel, tents, packs, bags and other sewn products in general.
  • Knowledge of manufacture and testing for bicycles is preferred 
  • Experience operating fabrication shop equipment
  • Demonstrated solid training and understanding of statistical sampling, testing and analysis.

REI hires, trains, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.  We remain deeply committed to making the Co-op a place where everyone can feel safe and be themselves. Join us. 
At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posting Range
$65,000 to $127,500 per year
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