GD Canada currently has a requirement for a Human Factors Engineering Specialist (HFE) or User Experience Designer within our Human Factors Engineering team. The Human Factors Engineering (HFE) Team at General Dynamics Canada is responsible for ensuring products and systems are designed with the end user in mind and human factors contract requirements are fulfilled. Within GD Canada the HFE team is located within Specialty Engineering which works within the framework of System Engineering.
The applicant will be a member of the HFE team and will provide support to current human factors needs for various GD Canada programs in Calgary and Ottawa. GD Canada programs cover a wide range of products and functionality with applications in both defence & commercial (with the majority being military) industries. Examples of GD Canada programs/products include; remote controlled land mine detection vehicles, communication networks (hardware and software), air traffic control workstations and software, biochemical detection systems, aircraft cockpit design, aircraft operational mission designs, graphical user interfaces/software, and vehicle equipment layouts.
The applicant would be responsible for the HFE tasks and user experience within these programs. This would include user experience / human factors assessments, design and qualification activities at both a system and equipment level including the graphical user interface. This position will work to identify user needs and tasks and translate into user requirements and to then design, document and test user interface designs to ensure they meet performance and end user goals/needs. This requires the HFE representative to communicate with and report to several people on a daily basis while managing multiple tasks that could differ greatly and meeting deadlines.
This requires the applicant to communicate and multi-task with these programs on a daily basis. Strong communication skills are essential for the applicant to interface with subcontractors, the customer, and other GD Canada engineering groups and therefore require strong communication skills and a strong Human Factors background. The applicant needs to be a highly motivated team player and should have a minimum 5 years of human factors work experience in a range of projects. The applicant’s skills/knowledge should include, human factors, employing human factors into products or systems, physical design and some experience with user interface design, and software applications.
** Travel may be required.
- Design for the user experience to ensure usable and intuitive Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for military systems.
- Perform usability testing and evaluations in both a lab and field setting.
- Document designs in a structured and traceable manner.
- Create low to medium fidelity mockups of user interfaces.
- Conducting, facilitating and document user focus group discussions.
- Reviewing and writing use cases and user flows.
- Defining user requirements, and product function requirements.
- Write style guides to ensure consistency and a common look and feel to our products.
- Work with Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) and Systems Engineers to ensure that designs meet the task and user goals.
- Review product and system specifications for HFE content, define requirements and storyboard.
- Demonstrated capability in designing as part of a product design team
- Demonstrated experience as a User Experience Designer
- Ability to create prototypes of various fidelities.
- The ability to employ new techniques in HCI/OMI/HMI research, design and evaluations.
- Methods to assess, monitor, and mitigate risks to the end user and provide a positive and successful user experience including the ability to meet performance needs of the end user.
- Survey and interview techniques for soliciting and prioritizing user needs.
- Translation of user needs analysis or other engineering analysis to design requirements.
- Methods to identify and evaluate technical/project HFE alternatives that meet system requirements.
- Able to generate plans and monitor progress
- Team player
- Ability to multi-task and work independently
- Effective verbal and written communication
Nice to have:
- Familiarity with Axure or a similar prototpyping tool
- Photoshop (or equivalent graphics tool), Flash, Visual Basic (or equivalent prototyping tool) computer skills.
- Knowledge of human factors or human systems as a wider discipline
- Membership in a professional organization related to HCI, User Experience, or Human Factors.
- Familiarity with various industry style guides and operating systems.
- Familiarity with military standards for design.
- At least 5 years of user interface design experience, preferably in complex systems.
- Hands-on experience as a user interface designer on major defense programs, consumer products or other complex systems such as nuclear is highly desirable.
- Experience in hardware, systems or workplace ergonomics would be a strong advantage.
- Strong Human Factors/GUI knowledge
- Requirements analysis/ allocation
- Functional task analysis
- Perform testing of designs
- Bachelors degree or higher in, Computer Science, Systems Design, Human Factors Engineering, Ergonomics, Psychology or related discipline.
The successful candidate must be eligible to hold Canadian SECRET Clearance. This typically requires 10 years residency in Canada.