Generac Power Systems

  • Senior Hardware Engineer

    Job Locations US-WI-Waukesha
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Posted Date
    8 months ago(2/23/2018 5:08 PM)
    ENG - Engineering
  • Overview

    Imagine yourself:

    • Designing and developing electronic hardware for new products
    • Working in brand-new Engineering offices (completed 2017) at our Corporate HQ in Waukesha, WI
    • Fine-tuning your work in a brand-new Electronics Lab (completed 2016)

    Sound interesting? Come work with the leader in the power industry - Generac Power Systems.  As a Senior Hardware Engineer for Generac, you will be responsible for designing and developing new products as well as interfacing with a cross-functional team (engineering, operations, sourcing, quality, service, and marketing).


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Design and develop board level hardware
    • Research and select hardware components
    • Familiarity with embedded design using microprocessors/microcontrollers
    • Create schematic of the design
    • Experience with designing analog/digital circuitry
    • Experience designing with switching/linear power supplies
    • Supervise PCB layout; specify component placement, analog/digital, high speed, power planes layout guidelines
    • Experience with troubleshooting electronics to the component level
    • Familiarity with test firmware/software to verify the hardware
    • Familiarity with software debug/programming tools
    • Familiarity with Design for Manufacturability (DFM) and Design for Test (DFT)
    • Experience with simulation tools
    • Supports product development plans (schedule, product cost, meeting design inputs)
    • Conduct design reviews
    • Develop and maintain documentation, such as test procedures, software specifications, manuals, etc.
    • Apply engineering knowledge and experience to improve products, services and processes
    • Acts as a resource to mentor and teach less experienced engineers
    • Use lab equipment including oscilloscopes, data acquisition equipment, and power supplies
    • Travel to other Generac facilities as necessary
    • Other duties as assigned


    Basic Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline
    • 5 – 10+ years of relevant work experience, including a minimum of 5 years of experience in hardware PCB design
    • Applies engineering knowledge and experience to improve products, services, and processes
    • Able to solve complex engineering problems; strong decision-making skills

    Additional Skills Preferred:

    • Experience in design of industrial/automotive electronic control systems and assemblies
    • Experience with Freescale PowerPC and/or Microchip PIC microcontrollers
    • Experience with Altium Designer for schematic capture and layout
    • Familiarity with simulation software such as P-Spice, Mentor Graphics Hyperlynx, Matlab Simulink
    • Experience with designing battery charging circuitry, Switch-Mode Power Supply (SMPS)
    • Knowledge of Digital Signal Processing
    • RF/wireless controls knowledge
    • Conduct FMEA/DFMEA analysis
    • Experience with design release process
    • Knowledge of PID loops
    • Communication protocol/ hardware interface knowledge, such as RS232, RS485, CAN, Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C, Flash, EEPROM, ADC/DAC, WiFi/Bluetooth
    • Design to meet agency compliance such as UL, CSA, NEC, CE, FCC, NFPA, EPA
    • Experience with Agile software development practices and tools

    Physical Demands:   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; and use hands to manipulate objects or controls.  The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.  On occasion the incumbent may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.  The employee must occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. Specific conditions of this job include are typical of frequent and continuous computer-based work requiring periods of sitting, close vision and ability to adjust focus. Occasional travel.


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