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Mechanical Test Engineer

Requisition ID:  12516
Category:  Research & Development
Career level:  Professional
Contract type:  Permanent

Mechanical Test Engineer 


Reports to: Manager of the Dynamic Test Lab 

Location: Elgin, Illinois (USA) facility 


SKF Aerospace Sealing Solutions is seeking a talented Engineer who is skilled at machine designing, building, and documentation.  

 Do you fit this description? 

Then We want to hear from you! 


SKF Aerospace Sealing Solutions is a manufacturing unit within the SKF Automotive and Aerospace division. This site manufactures Seals and Motion Control Elastomeric Devices for the aerospace industry.  SKF Aerospace Sealing Solutionshas been supplying solutions to the aerospace market for over 70 years. 


The SASS Manufacturing Unit is looking for a Test Engineer, supporting Aerospace products in multiple phases of the product development process. 


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Write test plans, design test fixtures and multi-axis endurance test machines, assemble and debug fixtures and rigs, program control and data acquisition for automated tests, conduct mechanical and environmental tests using load frames and custom equipment, analyze data, write reports, and repair test equipment when necessary. 
  • Characterize damage and assist in analyzing field returns. 
  • Collaborate with other groups including design, process, and purchasing. 
  • Train technicians in the production acceptance test lab on how to test new products. 
  • Troubleshoot test fixtures and MTS computer programs in the production ATP Lab 
  • Perform vibration tests using shaker table and/or frequency response analyzer. 
  • Maintain test lab facilities; apply and read strain gages. 


Required Skills and Work Experience: 

  • Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent  
  • Must be a U.S.A. Citizen currently residing in the US.
  • Ability to design, build, and utilize fixtures and machines used to perform mechanical tests. 
  • Ability to convert customer requirements into feasible tests and written procedures. 
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to write detailed reports. 
  • Ability to multitask, working independently or in groups. 
  • Maintain accuracy, safety, and schedule milestones. 
  • Follow quality procedures and customer requirements for qualification and certification projects. 
  • Work in teams for 5S, 6-Sigma, Business Excellence, and other operational improvement efforts 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and CAD software is required. 


Optional Desired Skills: 

  • Experience programming and operating MTS controllers and hydraulic load frames is a plus. 
  • Experience with statistical analysis software or calibration is a plus. 
  • Metalworking skills are a plus (operate lathe, drill press, mill) 



What You’ll Love About SKF: 

Rest and Relaxation. Enjoy a robust PTO policy and 13 paid holidays! 


Work/Life Balance. A possibility for flexibility and an opportunity for occasional remote work.  


Health and Wellness Benefits.  SKF cares about the wellbeing of our employees. Many options for best in class medical and dental plans to fit your needs; a wellness plan that includes biometric screening and health risk assessment for you and your spouse and incentives for healthy living! 


Invest in your Future. SKF offers amazing retirement options! Participate in our 401K program that boasts a 100% match up to 5% of your elected contribution (100% Vested).  And regardless of your participation, SKF automatically contributes 5% into your account per pay period (3 Years Vesting). 


Much more! Growth opportunities, tuition reimbursement, voluntary critical illness coverage, voluntary legal plan, employee assistance program, life insurance, vehicle discount programs, mobile phone discounts, and with so many benefits to working for SKF, we could not name them all! 




To Learn more about SKF Please visit the website: 

About SKF

SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. SKF offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in SEK is around 75 billion and the number of employees ca 41,000.

Nearest Major Market: Elgin
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago