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Test Engineer – Research & Development

Cottage Grove WI Stoughton Trailers, LLC


  • Develop and Execute System and Component level validation tests and test plans for dry vans, reefer trailers, container chassis, grain hoppers, and other platforms.
  • Develop test methods, document test procedures, and create test reports to support the validation plans for multiple R&D projects.
  • Develop and install instrumentation and data acquisition setups ensuring high levels of data integrity.
  • Design, validate, and lead procurement of test fixtures and equipment required to support testing requirements.
  • Complete analysis including hand calculations and FEA required to validate the test, fixtures, or design proposals.
  • Coordinate testing with outside services including durability testing, crash testing, and other services.
  • Identify opportunities and lead capital improvement projects related to increasing test capabilities and reducing test lead times.
  • Develop and update engineering standard work processes to aid in future validation and design of critical systems and subsystems.
  • Support Rework plans, Field Test evaluations, and Competitive benchmarking.
  • Establish and manage timelines for multiple projects that are occurring concurrently.
  • Lead or support R&D projects as required.


  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex projects from concept to implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to both simple and complex problems.
  • Intermediate skills in Data Acquisition Equipment, Controls, and associated software
  • Intermediate skills in project management
  • Basic skills in FEA Analysis – Linear Static Analysis, Modal Analysis, Non-linear Analysis. (Intermediate skills preferred)
  • Basic skills in 3D modeling (Solidworks preferred)


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with a minimum of 3 years of experience in a Test Engineer or Mechanical Engineering Role.
  • Intermediate knowledge of testing processes, methods, and tools.
  • Intermediate knowledge in structural mechanics
  • Basic knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, and other testing equipment

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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