Job: Validation Technician – Yakima Products

Job Title

Validation Technician

Company / Organization

Yakima Products

Job Description

Position: Validation Technician
Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon
Reports To: Validation Manager
Department: Product Development
FLSA Status: Non- Exempt
Remote/Relocation not available

Position Overview:
At Yakima, we believe in connecting you, your family, friends and all your favorite gear to your desired destination or activity through our mission of enhancing the journey and earning trust every day. The Validation Technician will perform a wide variety of engineer and performance tests to validate new designs, product improvements and process changes. The Validation Technician will conduct robust testing in accordance with documented test plans, protocols, and applicable standards to determine whether test specimens meet the effectiveness, durability, and safety criteria specified in the test plan. Other key aspects of this position contribute to achieving and sustaining the Yakima Strategic Business Plan and Initiatives, global competitive advantage, and profitable market growth strategy.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll do:
• Execute test validation activities in strict compliance with documented test plans and protocols.
• Maintain test equipment and facilities to ensure calibrated and repeatable results.
• Coordinate test lab activities to ensure validation activities are executed to meet project timelines.
• Collect, document and distribute accurate testing results in a timely manner to all involved stakeholders.
• Maintain objective evidence and documentation related to validation activities.

Specifics Include:
• Provide input in the design of test validation plans.
• Operate a multi-axis simulation table to achieve accelerated life cycle testing.
• Perform real-world test scenarios using test vehicle
• Aid in procurement or fabrication of test fixtures.
• Conduct and manage tests on products or components according to the established test validation plans.
• Utilize inspection equipment to collect test and inspection data (e.g., calipers, micrometers, force gages).
• Contribute to designs, recommend, assemble and install equipment/apparatus and processes for product fabrication, research and development or analysis and testing.
• Produce reports for all tests conducted and ensure distribution to the appropriate stakeholders.
• Plan own work on assigned projects to ensure efficient use of time and resources.
• Maintain existing Test and Quality Equipment, both hardware and software. (e.g. Test Truck, MTS, Load Cell, Strain Gages, etc).
• Assist the Fit Team with vehicle and gear fit validation projects as needed.
• Adhere to required health and safety regulations and practices.
• Carry out other duties, responsibilities, and projects as may be assigned, in an effective manner.

What you Bring:
• A.A.Technical degree from an accredited institution or significant course work and practical application in Mechanical, Reliability, Industrial, or Test Engineering.
• 3 years’ experience in product validation testing a plus
• 2 years’ experience in fatigue testing using MTS hydraulic systems and/or similar hardware/software a plus
• 2 years’ experience in environmental testing, Accelerometers, strain gages, load cells a plus.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• The ability to communicate effectively with people both inside and outside the company.
• Advanced PC’s skills: Microsoft Office Suite – Outlook, Word, Excel

Work Environment: Work Environment:
Work takes place in both an office setting as well as Model Shop/Test Lab environment that necessitates the ability to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls and safely operate machinery such as hand drills, drill press, sanders, electric hoists and various hand tools. This job may require working more than 8 hours per day and/or 40 hours a week. It requires the ability to sit and work at a computer for extended periods of time and communicate effectively with a diverse audience in person, by phone and by computer. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift, push, and carry up to 50 lbs frequently. Must be able to travel domestically and/or internationally via commercial carrier. Must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license and a good driving record.
Yakima Products has a culture of honesty, respect and trust, and we are committed to providing an environment where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to their membership in any protected classification such as sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions) genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran, disability (mental or physical), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other status protected under applicable local, state, or federal law. Yakima Products is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship including, but not limited to: recruitment, hiring, training, advancement and termination.
Yakima believes in doing the right thing, and is committed to enhancing our diversity, and demonstrating that commitment to our employees, customers and community. The Company promotes diversity by developing policies, programs and procedures that foster a work environment in which differences are respected and employees are treated fairly.

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