IronRidge: Test Engineer
Validating residential solar mounting hardware
I helped ship more than 10 products while working at IronRidge over the course of two years. As a test engineer, I designed and executed test programs to develop and move concepts through validation stages, and into production.
Validated over ten IronRidge products
Rectified hardware manufacturing issues with vendors while overseas
Made purchasing decisions for over $20k in equipment and materials for the test lab
Designed and built mechanical test fixtures
Leading Testing for IronRidge's Flagship Product
I led the test program for IronRidge’s largest product launch to date, the Universal Fastening Object (UFO). My responsibilities for this launch included designing and executing tests for the product, managing timelines with UL certification, and supporting ramp up and production. I also rectified hardware manufacturing issues with vendors while in China & Taiwan during product validation testing.
A selection of products I validated
UFO Solar Panel Installment Detail
Many of my evaluation efforts were aimed at minimizing the time required to install the fastener.
Solar panel: opaque
Solar panel: transparent
My testing efforts guided design improvements for the product. Many of the product's design revisions addressed ties between physical design features and their manufacturing processes.
UFO Product Evolution
UFO Predecessor 1
UFO Predecessor 2
Developing Test Methods
I assessed components’ performance with respect to: structural integrity, electrical bonding (grounding), usability, and environmental resistance (moisture, temperature and UV). I evaluated aluminum, steel and polymer components, in addition to product coatings.
Accelerated Aging (UV)
Accelerated Aging (humidity)
(electrical continuity through rail)
Component-Level Loading (Instron)
Assembly-Level Loading (unloaded)
Assembly-Level Loading (loaded)
Designing Test Fixtures
I designed a set of structural loading fixtures for our Instron. I used finite element analysis to design some of the assemblies to transfer 10,000 pound loads with minimal deflection. I made the fixtures to allow for quick and repeatable testing.