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Test & Validation Engineer


Design and Development
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

Dyson began fifteen years ago with James Dyson and a handful of engineers questioning everyday products, thinking differently and making them better. We are now the world's number one vacuum cleaner manufacturer in the UK, US, Tokyo, Western Europe and Australasia. 

We've even branched out to improving commercial technology that frustrates us. The Dyson Airblade hand dryer dries hands in ten seconds, it’s also the most hygienic and energy efficient hand dryer available.

There are over 1,200 of us in the UK and we’re all inventive and hugely passionate about what we do. Dyson people are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes). We’re creative, collaborative, practical, enthusiastic and resourceful. But most of all we’re passionate about what we do.

About the role 

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for talented individuals for a permanent Test and Validation Engineer position 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. 

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, Singapore and Philippines, you will produce and 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, control and software 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 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.

About you 

  • Experience in a range of aspects of electronics test including some of: power electronics, motor control, battery management, analogue, digital and sensing technologies.

  • Some experience in fault finding electro-mechanical systems, repairing them and suggesting improvements. 

  • Comfortable in a laboratory environment with experience using power sources, oscilloscopes and soldering equipment and taking precise measurements.

  • 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 as well as with producing a high standard of written documentation. 

  • 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.

These skills are desirable but not essential

  • Experience with high-volume manufacturing and on-line measurement of system performance.

  • Proficient use of data analysis tools such as Minitab.

  • Be proficient in the use of TestStand for client sequence development. 

  • Have working knowledge of a range of hardware test and development platforms including NI. 

  • Working knowledge of the fundamentals of electromagnetic machine operation particularly single and multi-phase permanent magnet motors.

  • An appreciation of motor control techniques for low and high speed, single-phase and multi-phase permanent magnet motors.


  • Performance related bonus

  • Company paid Life Insurance

  • Discounts on Dyson machines

  • Competitive pension scheme

  • Flexible benefits programme with a growing range of voluntary benefits, including the ability to purchase additional holidays

  • 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays

  • Free bus travel to and from Malmesbury campus from Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon

  • Free on-site parking

  • Subsidized café providing endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch

  • Private Medical insurance for all employees

  • Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependents

  • Digital GP and prescription service

  • On-site gym


At Dyson, it's about more than our machines. We recognise that our success comes from our inventive people. We believe in including everybody and supporting you on your journey with us

Interview guidance

We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. Our Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate. 

Closing date: 21 November 2021