Havant, GB

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

Senior Test Engineer

Wärtsilä is an innovative technology company known for being a forerunner in the Marine and Energy markets. Every day, we – Wärtsilians - put our hearts and minds into turning Wärtsilä's purpose of enabling sustainable societies through innovation in technology and services into reality. Our ultimate aim is to provide increased value to both our customers and society. New, game-changing ideas and continuous improvement have been part of our DNA since 1834. Together, we can create new business opportunities and more sustainable future that we can all be proud of. 

We want to transition the world towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. By pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, we can make it work. We are always on the lookout for future-oriented talent – want to join the ride?


We are now looking for a 


Senior Test Engineer


to join our team working for a better future. The position is permanent and the preferred location is in Havant, Hampshire.


What you will be doing


As a Senior Test Engineer in Wärtsilä Defence Solution Ltd, you will provide technical support services across the business to perform appropriate product testing and evaluation. You will be part of fast-moving customer developments in the exciting, dynamic maritime world and will become an integral part of our team.
You get the chance to work with passionate like-minded individuals and experience a variety of our projects across our global maritime, and land-based customers. You will be key in delivering high-end engineering products across our product portfolio. You will develop and improve customer value through enhanced testing and verification engineering processes across the product lifecycle and beyond.
The Senior Test  Engineer is to work with the Test Manager to support the delivery of high-quality testing of our products.  The Senior Test Engineer will provide guidance and direction for Test Engineers, and support other departments, and vendors.
As a Senior Test Engineer, you will play a key role in ensuring our products' quality and reliability through the design, development, and execution of comprehensive test programs. Ultimately, validate the product’s functionality, performance, scalability, and reliability.
You will develop and implement test plans for product testing, ensuring comprehensive coverage of all specifications/requirements and use cases.  Support and mentor other test engineers, providing technical guidance and fostering a culture of high performance, innovation and excellence.
You will also collaborate with the Engineering Department and other teams to understand product requirements and design appropriate test programs. Implement and maintain test frameworks and tools to streamline testing processes.  To drive continuous improvement of testing methodologies, processes, and tools.


As Senior Test Engineer, your work will focus on these responsibilities: 


  • To work with the project lead, to capture relevant test requirements from the product design specification, and design drawings and attend regular project review meetings.
  • Create test plans, detailing rig allocation, scheduling and additional rig hardware requirements, on time.  
  • Draw up test hardware, such as adaptor plates and test shafts.
  • To quote and raise orders for rig interface hardware.
  • Create and review risk assessments with the project lead, to determine the test program is within safe operating limits and in line with Wärtsilä QEHS standards.
  • To assemble test rigs, monitor rig operations (through data acquisition) and perform product inspections at agreed test periods.
  • Manage testing of external products at OEM, equipment suppliers and 3rd party test facilities. 
  • Produce a final test report detailing, the test program, test data, conclusions and relevant recommendations for future test work.  Where appropriate, present their findings.
  • Proactively ensure compliance with Wärtsilä QEHS requirements and be a 5S advocate.
  • To be actively involved in training and mentoring others.  Support less experienced colleagues.
  • Help maintain our company’s compliance with classification society standards, including ISO14001 and IS09001.
  • Actively support developing the test facility into a global centre of excellence.


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have: 


  • Proven background working (minimal 5 years) within a Test Engineering environment, ideally with mechanical seal assemblies.
  • Have a Degree or preferably a Master's in a relevant Engineering subject.
  • An experienced self-sufficient Senior Engineer, needing very little supervision.  A quick starter, that can function well in their new role from the outset. 
  • To be able to interpret design drawings and be able to use CAD software to draw test hardware.
  • Comfortable doing and understanding relevant Mechanical Engineering calculations.   
  • Good technical knowledge especially within the Marine industry is desirable.  Particularly working with classification societies and IMO compliance standards. 
  • Demonstrate ability to use test monitoring software tools such as LabVIEW, Tetrascience, and enVigil.
  • Well experienced in setting up instrumentation and data capture equipment, such as thermocouples, LVDT sensors and tachometers.
  • A good communicator who can work with project leads to develop test requirements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and be a proactive team player in helping colleagues. 
  • Good experience in report writing, with a high attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate commercial understanding and awareness.
  • Able to do some occasional travelling.


Why you and us? 


We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative. 

We are authentic and honest, and we strongly believe in that by being your own true self you can accomplish so much more. We don’t always get it right the first time, and if mistakes are made, we make sure to learn and grow from them. We want everyone to voice their opinions freely. That is why we have built an environment that empowers you and everyone around you, and where you can feel safe and cared for. Are you eager to be part of this ambition? 

We have an amazing team and we are excited about our work and the impact it has on building sustainable societies. We are looking to find a colleague with this shared passion for smart technologies and a sustainable future. 


Contact & next steps 


We hope to hear from you soon, by submitting your application through our careers portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process throughout. 

For further questions please reach out to careers@wartsila.com with any questions related to this position (only for questions from direct job applicants, applications through email will not be recorded or responded to). 


Welcome to join us in shaping the decarbonisation of marine and energy!


Last application date: 31/05/2024 


At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities. 


This is Wärtsilä 

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. Our team of 17,800 professionals, in more than 280 locations in 79 countries, shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. Read more on www.wartsila.com