Palo Alto, CA 94303

Posted: 01/18/2019 Employment Type: Contract to Hire Industry: Engineering Job Number: 80076
The Platform Unit Electrical Design group is responsible for development of new space electronics units for SSL spacecraft.  This includes spacecraft power regulation and distribution equipment which interfaces with state of the art solar array and battery technologies to provide up to 25kW of power to spacecraft payload and bus equipment.  As a Power Electronics Principal Engineer, you would be responsible for designing, analyzing and testing new electronics boards and units from prototypes through qualification.  You would lead a team of junior power electronics engineers to develop all the circuits cards needed for a complex power distribution or control unit, for either earth-orbiting or interplanetary spacecraft.
Essential Functions:
-          Responsible for the design of complex electronics units or subsystems for flight systems
-          Lead a development effort including defining all required analysis and testing
-          Defines electrical performance requirements for modules and subsystems
-          Create and release electrical schematics
-          Create and release circuit simulations and analysis
-          Lead engineering development tests and releases test summaries
-          Responsible for product design reviews with management and customers
-          Lead organizational improvement efforts
Scope and Supervision:
-          Typically well known within the industry
-          Supports or conducts engineering design reviews as appropriate
-          Provides technical consultation to management and supports or leads material review boards (MRBs)
-          Directs engineers and other personnel on a task basis
Essential Competencies:
-          Driven, pro-active, and action-oriented
-          Makes sound and timely decisions
-          Capable of seeing the big picture
-          Leadership: leads others on complex projects, ensures training and mentoring of junior engineers
-          Professional and responsible
-          Takes ownership of deliverables
-          Manages complex tasks and developments
Position Requirements: Required Education, Experience & Technical Competencies:
-          Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a related discipline or equivalent experience
-          Minimum of 12 years of experience in electrical circuit design (10 with MS, 6 with PhD)
-          Exceptional understanding of mathematics, physics, and chemistry as they relate to electrical circuits
-          Exceptional expertise in the use and development of electrical simulation tools (e.g., SPICE)
-          Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office tools
-          Exceptional knowledge of electronic equipment design and development sufficient to be recognized as an outstanding expert in a particular area of specialization.
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