2022-05-10T13:59:03-04:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Hardware Test and Reliability Engineer, Mineral at X
Hardware Engineering
Mountain View, CA

X is Alphabet’s moonshot factory. We are a diverse group of inventors and entrepreneurs who build and launch technologies that aim to improve the lives of millions, even billions, of people. Our goal: 10x impact on the world’s most intractable problems, not just 10% improvement. We approach projects that have the aspiration and riskiness of research with the speed and ambition of a startup.

About the Project & Team

X is Alphabet’s moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, world-changing ideas are developed and taken out into the world. X projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place. For X to be successful, we have to repeatedly turn breakthrough technology ideas into products that solve large problems in the world, and create meaningful businesses for Alphabet.  


Project Mineral is developing breakthrough technology for the global agriculture industry, with a particular focus on sustainability.  Our team is seeking a Reliability Engineer to support sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices through techniques in computational agriculture.


You will be working on a small, nimble, cross functional team. You will work on reliability and test engineering development efforts, leveraging Alphabet infrastructure and X’s multidisciplinary innovation approach. You will contribute to the hardware platform to collect and classify relevant field data. 


What makes this role unique

  • Opportunity to grow a product from early stage to maturity 
  • The opportunity to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • The chance to participate in creating breakthrough technologies in the Computational Agriculture domain


How you will make an Impact:

  • Develop reliability testing hardware and firmware in coordination with hardware design team team in order for components to be tested prior to final assembly
  • Create and implement functional and safety test procedures for prototypes and production hardware
  • Own procedures related to design validation and verification
  • Provide hands-on support for lab and field operations debugging 
  • Create reliability specs based on field data or relevant compliance standards
  • Work with test houses and FA labs to develop and implement reliability tests; Work with design engineers to influence hardware design specs 
  • Oversee bug tracking, incoming and outgoing quality checks, and in-process test plans
  • Develop test framework and workflow for pre-deployment system testing 
  • Sign off on Contract Manufacturer (CM) quality and testing documentation 
  • Identify firmware related issues to drive test coverage for embedded software teams 
  • Communicate methods and results to the broader team


What you should have:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical / Industrial / Mechanical Engineering, equivalent practical experience
  • 5 years of experience in a Quality, Reliability, Manufacturing or Test Engineering, or related role
  • Experience writing and implementing test code for testing hardware and firmware systems 
  • Experience scripting and writing test development code in python & SQL
  • Experience supporting products with or at CM/ODM/JDM partners and documenting specifications
  • Self-driven, analytical problem solver and risk taker, comfortable working in ambiguous environments
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills


It would be great if you also had these:

  • Experience with industrial equipment, off-road, or electric vehicles (outdoor rated, UL compliant, high voltage and high current, and safety systems)
  • Experience with C, C++, STM32
  • Experience conducting tests/audits, risk assessments, or troubleshooting
  • Experience with bug tracking and organization, Design Validation & Verification, Trace matrix development, and Functional / Safety test procedure development 
  • Knowledge about embedded interface technologies (USB, I2C…), electro-mechanical and / or PCBA, and system level manufacturing 
  • Experience with Quality Control (QC), Quality Assessment (QA), or Quality Management Systems (QMS)
  • Experience in a startup environment
  • Experience with farming and agriculture

At X, we don't just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact us at: x-accommodation-request@x.team.

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