Technical Tools Associate

Supervisor: Technical Tools Expert
Directly Supervises: N/A
Position Location: Organization Headquarters – Davis, California or Virtual

The Alliance Technical Tools Associate for the Connectivity Standards Alliance will be responsible for day-to-day activities associated with the development and maintenance of the Alliance’s technical tool set which includes member facing tools (i.e., test harnesses, certification tools, etc.), and other member-related technical support activities.

Job Duties

Technical Toolset Management (primary role)

  • Manage the drafting, deployment, and response collection for Request for Proposals (RFP) for externally developed tools.
  • Perform the development, documentation, training and support for internally developed tools.
  • Maintenance of existing Alliance technical tools.
  • Manage the vendor relationship (support, ongoing maintenance) for externally sourced tools.
  • Assist in the IT infrastructure management for the Alliance (data backup/recovery for technical documents (technical and test specifications and other technical documents))
  • Support Beta programs for Alliance tools in development.

Test Harness Development and Maintenance (primary role)

  • Develop architecture and code to help expand existing Alliance test harness tools
  • Provide technical plans and architecture outlines for new feature requests for test harnesses and tools
  • Support a development team of programmers within the Alliance Work Groups working on the development of the new test harnesses and tools
  • Maintenance and bugs fixes as needed.

Team Support (primary role)

  • Support the development team of programmers within the Alliance Work Groups working on the development of the new test harnesses and tools

Assessment of Authorized Test Service Providers (primary role)

  • Maintain and develop working relationships with the Authorized Test Service Providers.
  • Support the Test Service Provider validation process from the perspective of official test harness use and assessment of knowledge
  • Support the maintenance & licensing of Alliance test harnesses

Technical Events (backup role)

  • Support test event activities and recording of activity to meet Alliance requirements
  • Leverage Alliance events as source for tools feedback and early deployment
  • Assist in pre and post-test event activities related to the test harnesses and tools being used at the event
  • Provide technical support to the Certification and Testing Team of the Alliance

Member / Non-Member Communications (backup role)

  • Provide technical support to members relating to official Alliance test harnesses
  • Provide technical support to members relating to Alliance processes and to non-members regarding the Alliance test harnesses

Certification Tools (backup role)

  • Maintain and enhance web-based tools.
  • Assist in the maintenance and support of Alliance certification test tools (including: licensing, bug reporting, revision management, etc.)

Additional Responsibilities

  • Special Project Support, as requested.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will exhibit the following attributes:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or Information Technology
  • Specific coding experience with commonly used test harness programming languages
    • Python
    • C++
    • C#
    • Java
  • Demonstrated knowledge of wireless communication principles
    • Knowledge/experience with IEEE 802.15.4 based protocols and/or Zigbee
    • Knowledge/experience with Internet Protocol (IP) v4 and v6
  • Demonstrated experience of developing test tools and harnesses


  • Experience of working with a small team of programmers
  • Experience with web-based applications
  • Strong communications skills and customer-facing experience
  • Self-starter and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience working/collaborating across a geographically diverse team