Hardware Engineer I

ZincFive   Tualatin, OR   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on January 18, 2023

The Hardware Engineer I will be an integral part of an engineering team developing power management hardware in nickel zinc (NiZn) battery backup systems for multiple industries. The successful candidate will participate in the development of electrical architecture and design, integration and debugging of new electrical hardware, and validation of the design in a structured engineering environment. Additionally, this person will be responsible for documentation of design changes and supporting transition of new designs into manufacturing and will solve complex engineering problems associated with new product development. This position will work onsite at ZincFive Headquarters in Tualatin, Oregon. 

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Job Duties: 

  • Manage the electrical requirements and specifications
  • Document the design architecture and formal design synthesis
  • Model and simulate the performance of electrical circuits
  • Electrical schematic capture and Bill of Materials (BOM) maintenance
  • Component selection to meet requirements for uninterruptible power supply systems (UPS) for industrial applications
  • Work with the mechanical engineering department to develop circuit designs to support required functionality and meet requirements for size, weight and power
  • Printed circuit board layout for manufacturability and electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) performance
  • Participate in and lead design reviews
  • Participate in failure root cause analysis and implement corrective actions
  • Perform hardware design verification and validation testing
  • Develop production validation and product acceptance test criteria to support transition into manufacturing
  • Design to meet third party compliance such as Underwriter Laboratories (UL), Intertek’s Electronic Testing Labs (ELT), Conformite Europeenne (CE), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), etc.
  • Communicate and work with contract manufacturers, customers and consultants as needed
  • Adhere to a well-documented gated design process 

Job Requirements: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree 
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of board level circuit design and simulation experience
  • Experience in analog and digital circuit design
  • Experience working with voltages up to 600Vdc is a plus
  • Experience designing and debugging systems with microcontrollers 
  • Knowledge of serial communications protocols and hardware interfaces including Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) and controller area network (CAN)
  • Knowledge using scripting languages like Python  
  • Develop designs using Altium Designer Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with power electronics 
  • Experience with Battery Management Systems (BMS) 
  • Printed Circuit Board layout experience  

Physical Requirements and working conditions: 

  • Work involves sitting, walking, standing, bending, stooping and lifting to 40 pounds 
  • Requires close visual acuity and the ability to distinguish color 
  • Office and lab environments 

ZincFive is committed to employing a diverse workforce. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status. We maintain a safe workplace and perform pre-employment testing. ZincFive is a participant in E-Verify and receives employment authorization of new hires through Social Security and the Department of Homeland Security databases.