Product Test Engineer

Date: Feb 8, 2024

Location: Skokie, IL, US

Company: Tenneco

Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designer, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with approximately 78.000 team members working at more than 300 sites worldwide. Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.

Position Summary:

The Skokie Test and Engineering Labs provide functional testing and data collection on finished manufactured parts or components, utilizing actual engines, engine components, or specialized test equipment and fixtures. The labs are involved with early development of application design and accelerated life testing of gaskets and other components. The Product Test Engineer’s responsibilities include setting up test samples, engines or fixtures, installing test part samples, performing test work, providing test data and any relevant observations or analysis on conclusions. Various levels of maintaining the test equipment, engines, fixtures, and systems are also part of these responsibilities.



Essential Duties & Responsibilities: (Other duties may be assigned)

  • The Product Test Engineer is responsible for receiving test requests and communicating with the requesters to fully understand the test request and critical test parameters on functional testing as well as material and/or other reverse-engineering data collection. 
  • The Product Test Engineer will locate and/or fabricate the relevant test fixtures, assemble the required plumbing, install the test gaskets or components, perform testing or data collection, and provide insight into analyzing the results and how it relates to product design. 
  • Throughout the process, the Product Test Engineer will inspect and maintain the fixturing and test systems, perform all required test work, and document all observations and test data.
  • After the test is completed the Product Test Engineer will perform all EOT (end of test) work, remove the test components, document all test results, close out the test request, compile the test data, and inform the test requester that the test has been completed.  
  • The Product Test Engineer is directed in his activities by the Engineering Manager or the Senior Product Test Engineer responsible for the area of testing where he is working.
  • As a member of the engineering team, the Product Test Engineer contributes to maintaining a clean and safe working environment in the laboratory and assists in providing laboratory tours and test explanations to laboratory guests.


Qualifications - Required Skills:

  • Has good mechanical knowledge, can interpret manuals, and apply proper techniques to the installation and removal of parts, assemblies, and test gaskets.
  • Proficient in the setup, operation and maintenance of lab test equipment and standard test procedures.
  • Able to read and interpret complex machine and product drawings (familiarity with GD&T)
  • Capable of learning and operating sophisticated lab test equipment such as MTS Load Frames and other technical measurement equipment.
  • Physically able to lift components weighing up to 50 lb., torque engine bolts/fasteners to 150 ft-lb. and move engines or pallet boxes to and from storage areas using pallet trucks (50 yards or more).
  • Designs and fabricates fixtures as directed by supervisor (may include cutting, drilling, welding, plumbing, and electrical).
  • Performs equipment and systems maintenance, diagnostics and calibration as required.
  • Clarifies test request information and fosters good communication with the test requester, who typically is from the Engineering department.
  • Performs all testing and completes test request documentation at EOT, and has the ability to provide insight into how results may impact product design.
  • Documents test observations and brings unusual occurrences to Senior Test Engineer staff and/or requesting engineer’s attention.
  • Maintains lab equipment certifications, calibrations and other records as required
  • Familiar with frequently used corporate (MS Office) and test lab software.
  • Practices good housekeeping and safety in the operation, maintenance, and storage of test equipment.
  • Helps with test management responsibilities when requested.
  • Capable of providing support as requested by supervisor and work independently completing work in a timely manner.
  • Capable of developing new measurement and testing techniques as requested by the engineering team
  • Works with inter-company and external supplier resources to coordinate off-site testing activity

Skill Requirements:

  • Safety is Priority One in all activities
  • Fabrication Skills
  • Mechanical Assembly Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Reads, Understands, and Follows Test Procedures and Part Drawings Accurately
  • Test Equipment and Systems Operation and Maintenance Skills
  • Team Player
  • Customer and Quality Focused
  • Follows Corporate Code of Conduct and Integrity Requirements


Desirable Educational / Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a technical engineering discipline – Mechanical preferred
  • Technical or hands-on experience in automotive industry – prior test and/or quality lab experience highly preferred
  • Has knowledge of common metrology techniques and understands the right methods for collection of various measurements
  • Has prior experience complying to industry standards (ISO/IATF)

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago