Test Development Engineer
Plano, TX Engineering
Job Type

The Test Development Engineer is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive test strategies to maximize coverage and ensure product quality. This role involves developing simulators and automated test scripts, as well as designing sophisticated testing systems for both hardware and software components. The engineer will collaborate closely with product development and operations teams to refine testing approaches and support pilot production runs.  

  • Develop Test Strategies to Maximize Test Coverage - This is a foundational step where the overall approach to testing new products is formulated.
  • Develop Simulators or Digital Twins to Enable Automated Design Verification of Embedded Systems - With strategies in place, develop tools that allow for early and thorough testing of designs.
  • Develop Automated Test Scripts and Software Applications used by the Product Development Staff to Test New Product Interfaces, Connectivity and Benchmark Performance of New Products - Utilize simulators and digital twins to develop detailed test scripts and software that will be used throughout the product development.
  • Execute Detailed Design of Automated Factory Test Solutions including hardware & software elements to meet product, quality, cost, and test requirements outlined in Production Test Plans - Transition from product design verification to preparing for production by designing automated test solutions that integrate both hardware and software elements.
  • Develop and Deploy Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Process Capability metrics into Factory Test Systems - With test solutions in place, enhance them by integrating process control metrics to ensure quality and consistency in manufacturing.
  • Debug Factory Test System Issues using Design of Experiments and Failure Analysis methodologies - As factory test systems are deployed, continuously improve these systems by troubleshooting and resolving issues using structured methodologies.
  • Work closely with Product Development and Operations Resources to Execute Pilot Production and Manufacturing Process Qualification - Before full-scale production, conduct pilot production runs to qualify the manufacturing processes and ensure the product meets all specifications.
  • Publish Test Procedures, Test Specifications, and Acceptance Criteria for New Products - Finalize and document all test procedures, specifications, and criteria that will govern production and quality assurance.
  • Support Operations Group as needed to help ensure on-time delivery of product - Offer ongoing support to operations to address any last-minute challenges to meet delivery timelines.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

Education: Bachelors Degree in Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engineering

Technical Experience &Skills:

  • 7+ years of related experience
  • 3+ years’ experience in embedded software development and writing C and/or assembly code for microcontrollers such as Microchip PIC, Freescale/NXP, ST, Cortex M3/M0 and Atmel.
  • Mastery of C language programming as it pertains to an embedded environment.
  • Ability to read schematics to troubleshoot, debug and bring up new hardware using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, protocol analyzers and in-circuit emulators.
  • Working knowledge of Python, Tcl, and VBScript
  • Working knowledge of C++.

Soft Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, organizational and follow-up skills.
  • Solid problem-solving skills. Highly technical, quickly grasping how things work. Presents technical concepts, ideas, and information in terms that both engineers and non-engineers can understand.
  • Motivated by continuous learning and development.
  • Functions well in a small company/startup environment. (High visibility, accountability and development velocity)
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and collaboratively with a cross functional team.
  • Disciplined engineering approach.
  • Differentiates value added activities from waste.
  • Demonstrates systems thinking.

Physical/Mental Requirements This section must be completed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and operate an office computer/laptop most of the day. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounter while performing this job's essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Travel: Up to 20% travel required

About the Company 

Synapse ITS is a comprehensive transportation technology platform focused on increasing roadway safety, accessibility and efficiency through innovative infrastructure. Comprised of 4 leading brands in the traffic industry, Synapse is dedicated to delivering smarter, data-driven technologies to help cities increase safety, optimize resources, and meet Vision Zero goals. As the leading traffic and pedestrian safety platform for intelligent transportation systems (“ITS”) in North America with a portfolio of products including Accessible Pedestrian Signals (“APS”) systems, intersection traffic safety products and “away from intersection” pedestrian and traffic safety technology. The Company has a track record of innovation, harnessing a broad suite of intellectual property while developing new applications like touchless push buttons, Advanced Traffic Controller (ATC) related products, device connectivity and solar LED technology.

Polara Enterprises LLC Headquartered in Greenville, Texas, Polara designs and manufactures the most technologically advanced and durable ADA-compliant and pedestrian-friendly crosswalk devices on the market. With hundreds of thousands of Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) and push buttons installed across North America, Polara is one of the most trusted names in pedestrian safety. 

Carmanah Technologies Corp. Over more than 25 years, Carmanah has earned a global reputation for delivering innovative “away from the intersection” safety solutions that offer cost savings while ensuring environmental sensitivity. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, their portfolio includes a broad range of products, including solar and AC powered systems for midblock crosswalks, school zones, traffic-calming, and general hazard marking.

Eberle Design Inc. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, EDI is a leading provider of highly engineered traffic safety products and ITS technologies that enable safe and connected infrastructure. EDI’s Advanced Traffic Controller (ATC) suite of products represents the latest technological advancements to increase safety, cabinet reliability, functionality, and ease of maintenance. 

Diablo Controls Diablo Controls is a pioneering manufacturer of traffic, access, and parking control technologies. Based in Crystal Lake, IL, the company is best known for developing the first microcontrollers in the traffic and parking industries, as well as a variety of highly reliable and easy-to-install detectors, transmitters, receivers, and automatic vehicle identification (AVI) devices.