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Senior Hardware Test & Automation Engineer


Germantown, MD, US, 20876

Job ID: 104900 


The Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business is a global leader and strategic partner committed to delivering world-class, full life-cycle defense and intelligence products that protect the security of our nation and our allies.  From air combat training to state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems, our technology is deployed by virtually all U.S. military and government agencies around the world.

Job Summary

We're hiring a Sr. Hardware Test & Automation Engineer in our Germantown, MD office.  In this role, you will support development, integration, testing, and production of RF-centric products and systems across Signal Solutions line of business. Some remote flexibility permitted* plus we work a 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off)!

Our facility is currently located in Germantown, MD.  Our business is experiencing growth in multiple market areas and as a result we are excited to announce that in Q3 2023 we will be in our newly built facility located just south of Frederick, off I-270.  This modern facility, with ESG initiatives and surrounding green spaces, offers many amenities quickly accessible to this attractive location.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop feature level acceptance criteria and ensure that work products meet those criteria
  • Develop test products/artifacts such as Bi-Directional Traceability Matrix to tie requirements to Test Cases, Test Plans, Test Procedures, and Test Reports
  • Develop and implement test plans and procedures using established templates
  • Develop automated tests for product and systems using a core test framework
    • Perform automation framework design and implementation
    • Work with development teams to test new features, converting initial manual test efforts into new automated tests
    • Identify new automation best practices
  • Lead product transition from development to production
    • Lead and support Product Integration, Verification, & Validation (PIVV) test team(s) during acceptance testing, including test procedure walkthroughs, and answering questions on test software functionality
    • Provide support to regression test team(s), and assist in documenting test results and issues as required
  • Deliver stakeholder and program briefs on Test Engineering products’ status and vision
  • Work as a cost account manager on some Test Engineering activities to ensure tasks are performed within budget and schedule
  • Provide domain technical expertise and assistance to engineering and support personnel
  • Analyze product/stakeholder specifications and requirements, and develop test designs and approaches to best support them within time and cost constraints
  • Effectively communicate with team members, manufacturing, program management, customers and key stakeholders as required
  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization


  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM Discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) with a minimum of five years relevant experience (or an equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities)
    • Relevant experience includes test development/design and architecture, test automation, data analytics, and process improvement
  • Experience working System Test, Test SW Development, and Systems Engineering
  • Experience working with requirements in DOORS
  • Experience in test method definition, execution, automation, and data analysis
    • Proficient in writing Python scripts. Additional experience with Java (NodeJS) and C++ preferred
    • Proficient in developing automated test scripts utilizing GUI based test automation
    • Experience developing and working with LabVIEW based ATE
    • Experience with Windows/Linux operating systems & Virtual Machines (VMs)
    • Experience parsing test data and developing meaningful insights using technical tools
    • Knowledge of data science including machine learning and applied to operations (i.e. MLOps) preferred
    • Experience with SQL and database technologies
  • Experience with hands on hardware test and integration and comfortable with racking units, being hands on in a lab environment with hardware such as commercial/custom test equipment, custom electronics (simple to very complex), PCBs, Units, Test Sets, subsystems, and systems
    • Competent use of lab equipment including Network analyzers, Spectrum analyzers, Scopes, Power Meters, Signal Generators, etc.
    • Experience with RF hardware and software
  • An understanding of Scaled Agile Framework and DevOps product development processes, including experience with Atlassian tool suite (JIRA, Git, Confluence)
  • Some experience working proposal responses, developing basis of estimates, and developing and preparing proposal artifacts for delivery
  • Ability to lead technical teams and mentoring/guiding the work of more junior engineers
  • Experience performing problem analysis and resolution using lean and continuous improvement tools and tactics to satisfy customer and business needs
    • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (or higher) certification preferred
    • Familiarity with basic concepts of RF circuit design and troubleshooting preferred
  • Experience in development/production environments, and transition processes between the two
  • This position has the option of being either fully onsite in our Germantown facility or partly remote (onsite Tues-Thurs).  Must live within commuting distance of the facility regardless of choice.  Please note we are moving to Frederick in late 2023.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #AIS

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish this through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others. We consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers. We assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence. We settle for nothing less.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION. We accept unconditionally the value that every individual has to offer. We embrace different points of view. We continually foster an environment that enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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Nearest Major Market: Washington DC