Senior Test Engineer
San Diego, California - Full Time

Aptera Motors delivers the most technologically advanced solar electric vehicles (sEVs) with
breakthroughs in battery efficiency, aerodynamics, material science and manufacturing. The first in a series of eco-friendly vehicles, Aptera has the longest range of any production vehicle with 1,000 miles per charge and the ability to travel up to 40 miles a day on free power from its integrated solar panels. Its unique body shape allows it to slip through the air using far less energy than other electric and hybrid vehicles on the road today.

As a Senior Test Engineer, you will be expected to develop test plans to validate Aptera’s human machine interface (HMI) software and hardware. The HMI is a complex, electro-mechanical device that will be the key sub-system that the user will be interacting with and contribute to the customers experience. You will work closely with the engineering design, development and validation teams to bring the design from prototype to production at a rapid pace.

 

Qualifications:
● Experience creating test plans from product input documentation (e.g., product requirements documents, service scenario diagrams)
● Experience with test case development for system integration, user acceptance and usability testing with automotive infotainment systems
● Ability to identify, record and assist with debug at vehicle sub-system levels
● Ability to migrate manual test cases and implement into test automation framework(s)
● Possess the knowledgebase for E/E vehicle development, validation and verification cycles
● Demonstrate proven team and person-to-person communication skills

You will:
● Lead the quality assurance team for infotainment to execute the validation and verification of firmware and software releases
● Develop detailed test plans to perform system, user and usability testing
● Establish and develop automation framework to introduce automation for minimum acceptance tests
● Create manual and automation test results with daily/weekly reports
● Execute functional and regression tests as a part of release testing and triage results
● Identify software bugs through manual and automated tests
● Work hard, exceed expectations, challenge industry conventions, and relentlessly strive to make truly exceptional products

 

Your skills include:
● B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related fields, with practical engineering experience
● 5+ years of software or firmware testing experience
● 2+ years of automated scripting experience
● Ability to work under extreme uncertainty
● Keen sense for troubleshooting failures to determine root cause
● Comprehensive understanding of functional electric vehicle (EV) sub-systems
● Strong understanding of engineering principles, software quality assurance, and the ability to think outside of the box
● Passion for cutting edge design, innovation and Aptera’s mission.

 

You are expected to:
● Stay driven, exceptional, and efficient
● Achieve 30-60-90-day plan
○ 30-day target: Ability to perform all duties and responsibilities as a Senior Test
Engineer independently; working knowledge and integration of Aptera’s purpose and
culture
○ 60-day target: Implementation of knowledge gained in first 30 days to contribute to
Aptera’s mission
○ 90-day target: Ability to utilize knowledge and experience gained in first 60 days to
appropriately and effectively train others and/or lead a team

Additional Requirements
● Experience interpreting requirements and specifications from Jama or Confluence and developing test cases within Jira/Zephyr
● Knowledge of low-level programming and kernel development
● Very comfortable with Linux environments and hardware-based testing setups
● Knowledge of Vector CANalyzer and/or CANoe tools (vTESTstudio is a plus)
● Demonstrate experience solving difficult QA problems
● Experience with one or more scripting languages such as Ruby, Python, LUA or CAPL

Aptera designs electric vehicles with extreme efficiency, using low-drag aerodynamics inspired by nature, able to travel 1,000 miles on a single charge and power themselves just by being parked in the sun. Aptera's purpose, our drive, is to bring freedom to people and the planet, and that's what keeps us accelerating into the future.