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Test Lab Manager

Job #: 105717
Industry: Aerospace/Defense
Location: California (CA)

The Test Lab Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the test lab facilities.  The main areas of responsibility include employee supervision, lab supervision, employee development and technical leadership.

The characteristics for each of these areas of responsibility include:

Employee Supervision

  • Resolves disputes, initiates timely and appropriate disciplinary action.
  • Proactively provides constructive feedback to improve company policy and procedures.
  • Understands manpower needs and creates plans that identify and address gaps

Lab Supervision

  • Creates and maintains tools that help manage the workflow through the lab.
  • Manages facility operating costs within planned budget limits and understands variances.
  • Ensures that lab equipment is maintained, repaired, and calibrated as required to support customer needs.
  • Creates and maintains metrics and tracking systems.
  • Assures availability of tools and resources to meet schedule and customer expectations.

Employee Development

  • Sets clear goals and expectations.
  • Understands capabilities of direct reports and creates plans that identify and address gaps.
  • Trains and/or mentors subordinates in areas of expertise.
  • Communicates lessons learned.

Technical Leadership

  • Provides guidance and direction to resolve technical issues.
  • Champions 6S and Continuous Improvement (CI) activities.
  • Formulates timely and meaningful root cause and corrective/preventive action.

Required Experience/Skills:

  • 10 years of Engineering experience
  • Supervision of technical personnel in a test lab and/or manufacturing environment.
  • Interpretation of requirements defined in customer, government, and industry specifications.
  • Creation of written procedures for equipment, product and/or facilities.
  • Coordination and approval of Test Plans
  • Participation in the development and leadership of department Kaizen events
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, Project, etc.).
  • Working knowledge of various data acquisition and measurement techniques.
  • People management, including goals setting, gap assessment and talent development.
  • Scheduling and prioritization of people and equipment resources.  Must be able to meet all 
  • ITAR and BATFE background requirements

Beneficial Experience/Skills:

  • Working knowledge of test methods and equipment including:
  • Climatic Test – Altitude, Thermal Vacuum, Temp Shock, Temp Cycling, etc.
  • Dynamic Test - Vibration, Mechanical Shock, etc.
  • Mechanical Test – Tensile, Compression, Fatigue
  • Data Acquisition – Oscilloscopes, Thermocouples, Accelerometers, Pressure Transducers, etc.
  • Working knowledge of energetic materials and product