• Electrical Engineer, Principal

    Group/Job Location US-MA-Waltham
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  • Overview

    QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology and revolutionary products to defense, security and commercial markets worldwide. Our offerings range from survivability and unmanned systems to power, controls, sensors, and transportation solutions. Customers rely on our products to increase readiness, improve mission effectiveness, streamline operations, increase situational awareness and enhance security.

    At QinetiQ North America, you'll find a dedicated and talented team of people who enjoy their work and take pride in their accomplishments. As a member of our team, you'll work with cutting-edge technology and some of the industry's most brilliant minds. We offer a comprehensive, flexible benefit package including tuition assistance and career development opportunities. If you're interested in working for a technology-driven company that is the leader in its industry, but one that maintains the fast-paced, creative environment of a start-up, QinetiQ North America is the right place for you.

    QinetiQ North America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, sex, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, or gender identity.


    Any external applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

    Position requires U.S. citizenship.



    Work in a fast-paced environment, participating and leading engineering teams designing the next generation robotic systems for the U.S. Military.  The principal electrical engineer will be responsible for large-scale problem solving under general supervision.  Candidates should be able to lead architect and design new systems / sub-systems for robot platforms as well as the associated control stations.  A solid background in electrical engineering, including analog / digital / mixed-signal circuit design and cable design experience is required.  Solid engineering problem solving is required.  High speed, power electronics, and motor controller design experience is required.


    Tasks may include support of existing systems, system architecture development, PCB design, proposal writing, cable design, or associated documentation tasks.  Activities may range from development of a new system to integration of a new or existing payload on an existing system.  Principal electrical engineers frequently lead requirement and test plans development, and reviews testing results as well as participate in field data collection and experimentation, analysis, and reporting.  Works directly with engineers in other disciplines.  Candidates provide work leadership and training to lower level professional and technical staff.  Some (<15%) travel to customer sites may be required to support meetings, testing and repair activities.


    Required Qualifications

    • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering plus 7-10 years’ experience.  M.S. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering Preferred.
    • Strong knowledge and experience in Electrical Engineering
    • Analog, digital, and mixed signal circuit design
    • PCB design experience
    • Power electronics design experience
    • High speed digital design experience
    • Motor controller design experience
    • Knowledge and experience with DOD, SAE, IEEE, and/or IPC standards
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • Research and proposal
    • Flexible, self-started, desire to solve any problem
    • U.S. citizenship

    Desired Qualifications

    • Prior work in the field of robotics
    • Experience with hazard, failure, risk analyses (i.e. FMEA, FTA, etc.)
    • Experience with safety critical and/or fault tolerance design
    • RF design experience
    • HDL development
    • Experience with bus protocols such as CAN, SPI, RS232, I2C, USB, & Ethernet
    • Working knowledge of C / C++, & Visual C#
    • Experience with field testing robotic systems





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