Test and Validation Engineer - Motors & Power Systems

Competitive + bonus + pension + 27 days holiday



Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a talented Test and Validation Engineer in Malmesbury. Being part of the team working on the Dyson Digital Motor, this role primarily focuses on supporting the existing family of Dyson Digital Motors and associated products with additional opportunities to work on the analysis and validation of new motor projects. This will involve characterisation, test and analysis of motors, power electronic drives and control systems to help to ensure that the final products meet their performance specification as we develop them all the way to production status.

Market Overview

Home to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, Dyson HQ is tucked away in countryside famous for the railway tunnels and bridges of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology). The building is the heartbeat of Dyson. Over 1,500 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. From 2016, our HQ will begin doubling its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.

Function Overview

Based in Dyson’s RDD facility you will be joining the Dyson Digital Motor Drives (DDMD) team within the Dyson Global Electronics organisation. The DDMD team form part of the wider Motors and Power Systems Group and is a significant part of Dyson RDD with a growing team of more than 100 highly skilled engineers, scientists and technicians in its UK and Singapore offices. The Group focuses on researching and developing cutting-edge electric motors, drives and control systems for integration into existing and future Dyson products from concept design to fully automated production.


  • Working closely with the motor drive engineers in the UK and Singapore, you will follow existing Test Methods for system characterisation and analysis such as control system validation, thermal mapping and user interaction of motors, power electronics and associated products as required
  • As directed, complete analysis of test data from motor and product verification to identify drift, issues, non-compliance and opportunities for improvement and optimisation both on an ongoing basis and where specific issues arise.
  • Generate high-quality test reports with all data and findings from all work undertaken.
  • Liaising with the motor drives engineers to create electronics test rig set ups with a focus on automated testing.
  • Identification of issues and repair of commonly used electronics prototypes for testing.
  •   Work closely with the test and validation teams to develop test methods and ensure the correct operation of test equipment to ensure the accuracy and validity of testing.
  • Provide support to motor drive engineers with trial-build or field-return failure analysis, quality and reliability improvements for developing products: completing root cause analysis of any failures of the motor or associated drive and control system, reporting the findings back to the engineers or managers where applicable.
  • Assist other engineers within the team with the creation and review of documents such as design schematics, design notes, FMEA, Failure analysis reports, technical review documents and part approval to ensure the lessons learned from tests are captured.
  • Be able to apply your skills to other areas of work and tasks within the business as may be required of you on occasion for the benefit of the wider team. This could include, but is not limited to, engineering design work, test rig building and production equipment commissioning.


  • A good first degree in electrical/electronic engineering or equivalent qualification or demonstrable experience of equivalent-level working in test and validation environments.
  • Design knowledge and experience in a range of aspects of electronics including some of: power electronics, motor control, battery management, analogue, digital and sensing technologies.
  • Experience in fault finding electronics systems, repairing them and suggesting improvements.
  • Comfortable in a laboratory environment with experience using power sources, oscilloscopes and soldering equipment, taking precise measurements of mains referenced control systems.
  • Strong communication and team working skills.
  • Be flexible and open-minded to respond quickly to changes in project priorities. Be able to demonstrate sound theoretical knowledge, reasoning and problem solving skills in engineering.
  • Be able to clearly report progress and results in-person during meetings along with producing a high standard of written documentation of your work.
  • Proactive and persistent nature demonstrated by an inquisitive approach.
  • Be a creative thinker and problem solver; highly self-motivated and self-reliant with enthusiasm for motors, power systems and Dyson products.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory.

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, flexible working hours, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.

Posted: 13-Dec-2017

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