Test Engineer

Upwing Energy is searching for an experienced test engineer with expertise in developing and performing tests for electromechanical devices and/or turbomachinery. We are looking for a professional who enjoys unique challenges, varied assignments, and has the initiative to take on complex testing projects and drive them to completion. We move quickly, work hard, and take great care of our team and customers. Upwing is a small company, and we treat each other as family. We are looking for “A-players.”

The test engineer is a member of a cross-functional team that will develop and operate complex electronic and electromechanical test beds for early engineering development of novel gas compressor systems and sub-components. This role is for a hands-on person, who pays attention to detail and has excellent communication skills.

The test engineer will help design, build and operate these complex test beds; provide test program management through the development lifecycle; work with the engineering team to design test setups and procedures to meet objectives as well as interpret the resulting data; and keep a constant eye on improving operations and methods.

To apply, email resume to hr@upwingenergy.com.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Gathers test requirements to ensure testing will validate design
  • Designs test stands and fixtures incorporating mechanical, fluid and electrical components
  • Sets up and operates data acquisition equipment to measure and record sensor data (pressure transducers, flow meters, thermocouples, accelerometers etc.)
  • Writes high quality test plans, procedures and reports
  • Generates P&IDs and electrical schematics
  • Interfaces with technicians to support test stands during build and operation
  • Manages and ensures the safe operation of the test areas
  • Helps develop and follow guidelines for the accurate and efficient measurement and recording of test data
  • Troubleshoots prototype compressors and test setups
  • Coordinates groups to solve system problems
  • Disseminates test results
  • Provides feedback to design engineers for validation or improvement considerations in the design
  • Maintains and improves testing facility as required
  • Designs and builds testing infrastructure with future-proofing in mind
  • Searches for and selects ancillary equipment based on requirements
  • Collaborates with the team throughout the development of the product, including setting up, troubleshooting and testing
  • Increases sophistication, efficiency and effectiveness of LabVIEW-based User Interface
  • Works closely with cross-functional teams and various customers to understand the product and ensure it meets/exceeds customer performance and durability requirements

Skills, Experience, Education, and Abilities:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of 2 years of test/validation or industrial automation experience is required
  • Minimum of 4 years of engineering experience is required
  • Experience planning and executing test engineering operations in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiarity with basic test instrumentation and low voltage wiring practices
  • Test strategy development experience
  • Test fixturing design experience
  • Manufacturing or design verification test experience
  • Preferred skills include
    • NI LabVIEW or PLC ladder logic programming experience
    • National Instruments hardware (PXI, cRIO, and/or cDAQ) experience
    • Designing in CAD and generating drawings
    • Previous experience with rotating machinery alignment and vibration monitoring and analysis
    • Previous experience with rotating electric machines and power electronics (high voltage and high current)
  • Controls and process automation experience

Intangibles Sought:

  • Must have the initiative to take ownership and drive results
  • Fundamental curiosity as to how things work
  • Drive to constantly learn new things and apply them to your work
  • Determination to investigate and understand root cause
  • Ability to both evaluate the big picture and dive into details when necessary
  • Be open to new ideas and input from others in a supportive, team environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the power of positive persuasion
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Integrity, commitment, and honesty
  • Readiness to do whatever task is necessary to move the product/team/company forward

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

This position will be in an office atmosphere most of the time. Personal protective equipment should be worn in designated shop floor areas.


The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned, by their supervisor.  Management reserves the right to change, rescind, add or delete the duties and responsibilities of positions within this job classification at any time.

Upwing Energy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, terminations, compensation and benefits and also states that retaliation against any employee who files a complaint regarding possible violations of this policy will not be tolerated.