Senior Electrical Engineer

Job#: 2004805

Job Description:

We are looking for a Senior Electrical Engineer to join our team in Portland, OR!

As our Senior Electrical Engineer you will be an expert in the electrical design of custom circuit boards. All facets of design will be required. If you are a senior/principal engineer and want to focus on pure electrical design of products, this is the job for you.

Location: Portland, OR- Onsite

We Take Care of Our People:

Paid Time Off I 401K with Employer Match and Profit Sharing I Health and Wellness Benefits I Learning and Development Opportunities I Referral Program I Competitive Pay I Recognition I ESPP

Your Challenge:

  • Translate product level requirements into implementable circuits

    • Work with Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Management in an interactive manner to develop electrical solutions to project requirements

    • Define potential electrical implementation solutions and discuss tradeoffs

  • Design electrical solutions for PacStar products implemented as BOMS and Schematics in Altium

    • Low power (2 – 60W), low voltage (3, 5, 12, and 48 VDC) power circuits

    • LI-ION battery charging and monitoring circuits

    • PoE circuits

    • High Speed signal routing for Ethernet ports (100 Mbps to 10 Gbps)

    • Simple micro-processor design and firmware development (mostly board hotel functions)

    • Build parts and maintain library within Altium

    • Design for small size and physically rugged environments

    • Provide parts placement board models to Mechanical Engineering. Participate in the normal back and forth to address thermal and fitment issues    

  • Layout of circuit boards in Altium

    • PacStar currently employs a mixed model of laying out boards in-house and utilizing external resources when timing or expertise dictate

    • Ability to layout boards and generate complete board fabrication packages is desired

    • Provide detail electrical design guidance when utilizing external board layout resources (e.g. isolation, stack up, signal transmission requirements, etc)

  • Coordinate with purchasing and board build house for fabrication and assembly of engineering test units     

    • Provide advance BOM’s to Purchasing

    • Be proactive in the identification of long lead items.  Acquire samples and small lots early in the design process to mitigate timing impact

    • Provide technical guidance as needed to board assembly house

  • Board turn-up/debug/test

    • Receive first run engineering circuit boards

    • Perform basic turn-up and debugging of boards  

    • Develop and test any microprocessor-based functions on the board (usually simple board hotel functions)

    • Develop and execute Design Verification Testing

    • Support Mechanical Engineering during physical integration of electronics into modules

    • Experience with EMI/EMC and ESD testing and debugging is preferred

  • Transition designs to manufacturing

    • Provide complete design packages to enable production build.    Board production quantities are in the high hundreds per year utilizing mostly on-shore suppliers.

    • Develop and provide simple functional test plans/systems to board assembly house

    • Support factory with problem resolution and test support when required

  • Support designs once they are in the field

    • Provide technical support to field issues should they occur

    • Modify designs, if required, in response to field problems

  • Provide technical support for existing designs.  All are fully documented in Altium and have been in production for 1 to 3 years.  

  • Coordinate/communicate with management regarding schedule, milestones, technical status, etc.


What you Bring:

  • 10+ years direct design experience of circuit boards

  • BS in Electrical Engineer required

  • Deep experience in the design of circuit boards in Altium

  • The ability to layout boards in Altium is desired

  • Experience with MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461, and MIL-STD-471 is desired

  • Familiarity with design of network devices (Switches, Routers) and servers is a plus

  • Strong work ethic and commitment to customer support

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Accuracy and attention to detail is a must

  • Must be able to self-organize workloads and manage all deadlines









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Apex Systems is a world-class IT services company that serves thousands of clients across the globe. When you join Apex, you become part of a team that values innovation, collaboration, and continuous learning. We offer quality career resources, training, certifications, development opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in many awards, including ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing® in Talent Satisfaction in the United States and Great Place to Work® in the United Kingdom and Mexico.

Employee Type:

Portland, OR, US

Job Type:
Engineering and Technicians

Date Posted:
January 31, 2024