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Electronics Design Engineer

Department: Research and Development (R&D) Location: Rochester (maybe some travel to other locations) Role Purpose To design, develop and sustain electronic hardware products. We offer the best engineering environment for creative and collaborative professionals to work in a welcoming team. Our R&D department consists of 4 sections: mechanical, electronics, software, and test. All our engineers work side by side to create the latest generation of life safety equipment that includes Fire panels, devices, and detectors for use all over the world. You will be able to create great products that you can take pride in knowing has a positive impact in the real world. The role involves working on development cycles for the existing products (sustaining engineering) and / or new product development (NPD). For NPD you will be responsible for the product throughout its development lifecycle meaning you will need good architecture planning, design skills, keen product cost awareness and keen documentation skills to ensure the product can be efficiently manufactured. The successful candidate will be working alongside the existing multidiscipline R&D team but should also be comfortable working on their own.

What you’ll be doing

  • Product architecture design, cost generation and complete electronics design
  • Analog and digital design at system, product, and circuit level
  • Hardware qualification testing (to include Electro-Magnetic Compatibility and Environmental testing).
  • Working closely with the other engineers, production, and production engineering where necessary.
  • Produce prototypes of designs where appropriate.
  • Maintain and update existing product designs and design documentation as required.
  • Sustaining engineering, deciding when samples are required for testing versus just comparing parameters on datasheet OR when a PCB change is required versus a just a component drop-in/replacement.
  • Component-level troubleshooting, problem solving and root cause analysis
  • Act as the intermediary between R&D and Production to resolve any issues relating to component, supplier changes and new product introduction

Person Specification

We are looking for individuals with practical experience in electronic and electronic component/technologies. In addition to this, you will possess the following:

Qualifications

  • 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) of grades A-C (including Math’s and English)
  • Degree in related discipline

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ proven hands-on experience in an electronics hardware design & development

Knowledge & Skills

  • Proven End to end experience of the New Product Development cycle (NPD)
  • Strong debugging and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to review and write clear product design documents which describe the complete product in detail.
  • Experience in the design of products for CE and global certification (EN61000, EN54, EN12094, UL, FM, NFPA)
  • Electronic hardware architecture design, schematic capture, PCB layout (high speed, EMC and Signal Integrity best practices), BOM preparation, EMC compliance.
  • Popular microcontrollers/Embedded systems: Microchip, STM32, 8/16/32 bit, ARM Core
  • Popular technologies SPI, I2C, Ethernet, I2S, USB, UART communications.
  • Design of mixed signal low power, low voltage, low noise circuitry
  • Design of embedded digital control circuitry and real-time microcontroller solutions
  • Enthusiasm for continuous learning.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Personal Qualities

  • An analytic approach to problem solving
  • A critical thinker and active listener
  • Good time management skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to quickly learn about new processes
  • A good team player with ability to work on own initiative