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Test Software Development Engineer Sr
San Diego-CA-US



Cobham is seeking a Test Software Development Engineer Sr. to plan, design, develop and integrate automated test software for RF/Microwave products; develop test tools such as databases, control systems and algorithms; collaborate with  Design Engineers on test fixtures and equipment including completion  of specifications and procedures for new products; plan the labor, schedules and equipment required for testing and evaluating standard and special devices; troubleshoots systems and equipment , prepare software test and diagnostic programs;  performs work of high complexity.




  • Responsible for automating Radio Frequency (RF)/Microwave testing; assist RF/Microwave engineers in indentifying new equipment and/or test methods.

  • Coordinate test activities between RF, Digital and Test groups; review test results with production and quality assurance staff for compliance.

  • Develop software tools to automate design activities including test software and device drivers.

  • Create Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) based on test requirements and user inputs.

  • Design and build test set-ups and test unit interfaces; integrate software with test instrumentation; implement communication protocols to support the unit under test

  • Develop data analysis tools for Statistical Process Control (SPC) and other activities; support motion control and manufacturing automation.

  • Ensure specifications and inspection standards used in deliverables are consistent with applicable program requirements.

  • Develop documents including software development, integration and testing 

  • Participate in safety training and actively comply with safety policies and practices; maintain a clean and safe workstation.

  • Improve and maintain 5S in the work area; make suggestions for improvements.

  • Participate in Lean/Six Sigma activities within work and other areas to enhance cross-functional problem-solving.

  • Collaborate in team meetings and activities, including SET team support as appropriate.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.



  • Performs work of diverse scope; follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data; interacts with internal customers.


MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS: (The following qualifications can be acquired and demonstrated through experience, education and/or vocational training as noted or as appropriate.)


  • Five (5) years experience as a software programmer; and 3 years experience in electrical design or test support with RF or Microwave component or system producer, including proficiency in C/C++ programming, advanced knowledge of macro programming with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and knowledge of Labwindows/CVI, preferred; Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering (BSEE) or Computer Science or a related field, required.

  • Communication skills: ability to receive messages by telephone, in person, electronically and in writing; ask questions and rephrase statements to clarify meaning; ability to communicate across organizational levels; ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals; ability to speak effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and customers and the general public; ability to communicate with quality, integrity and respect in a way that inspires others and encourages innovation and possibilities.

  • Reasoning skills: ability to sufficiently apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

  • Math skills: ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio and percent; ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry; knowledge of statistical data analysis.

  • Computer skills: exposure to a networked environment using a Windows and/or Windows like interface using Microsoft office suite; ability to use Enterprise-wide information systems such as SAP and drawing-viewing programs such as Fastlook and/or Anzio; knowledge of embedded software development, desirable.  

  • Technical skills: knowledge of RF/Microwave parameters and test procedures; knowledge of passive component and semi-conductor device physics; basic knowledge of component fabrication processes used in the microwave industry; knowledge of electronics.  

  • Time Management & organizational skills: flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and assignments; ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Excellence Behaviors:   remain engaged, proactive and positive even in tough circumstances; own assignments and be fully accountable for their success; align actions, behaviors and conversations to what matters most; bring out the best in others and recognize the value in every person’s contributions; ability to work independently being proactive to resolve work issues or notify supervisor of resources needed; ability to coordinate with other employees and as part of a team.




May be required to obtain and maintain security clearance, which requires USA Citizenship.


Cobham's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.