Job Description

Hardware Engineer

Contract 3+ years, 40 hours weekly

This position will be 100% onsite.

Willing to review candidates who can obtain a clearance.

Interview Process:
1st round interview will be with hiring manager. 2nd round interview will be with additional team members

Designs, develops, and tests computer hardware, including computer systems, circuit boards, computer chips, keyboards, routers, and printers. Supervises the manufacturing, production, and installation of the parts. Designs and oversees the production of computer hardware equipment. Tests and re-tests parts to ensure they work properly. Identifies and isolates defects. Designs and develops the software systems that control computers. Designs and tests circuits and other electronic components. Tests work and refine processes. Integrates components into the final design. Evaluates the effectiveness of the design and change if necessary. Generates specifications for parts. Controls the efficiency of processes. Builds, tests and modifies product prototypes. Analyzes information and recommend appropriate hardware to users. Designs support peripherals, including central processing units (CPUs), support logic, microprocessors, custom integrated circuits, and printers and disk drives. Specifies power supply requirements and configuration. Retrieves data for analysis of system capabilities. Experience with Hardware engineering software (Altium Designer, Orcad, Cadence Allegro) and Electronics tools (soldering irons, magnifiers)

he Advanced Satcom Systems and Operations Group is involved in a synergistic combination of research, proof-of-concept test beds, and system engineering/application efforts focused on the goals of enhancing the capacity, the robustness to interference, and the flexibility of future generations of communications satellites, as well as beyond line-of-sight radio communications systems. Current research is concentrating on the design and performance of advanced waveforms, machine learning applied to communications, signal geolocation, Alt-PNT, non-linear operation in saturation, beamforming for novel array types, robust acquisition and tracking techniques, dynamic resource-allocation protocols, and advanced networking strategies.

The Advanced SATCOM Systems and Operation Group requires a hardware engineer to design and maintain satellite communications payload emulation systems used within the group and delivered to industry. The systems consist of embedded single board computers which control a variety of custom-built digital hardware boards and RF equipment. The engineer will be required to develop a system level understanding of the unit so that the operation of the underlying digital hardware implementations can be assessed. In many cases, issues with the existing hardware will occur which require troubleshooting and anomaly resolution. The hardware engineer will work in a hands-on lab environment to determine the root cause of the issue, suggest fixes, oversee the resolution process, and test/verify the solution. In some cases, the engineer will be required to generate schedule estimates and documentation of the issues and solutions.

he work associated with this position requires involved hand-on work on a laboratory requirement. The candidate should be familiar with digital hardware laboratory tools, equipment and procedures. Good communication skills are required since the engineer will be working closely with other engineers and technicians to accomplish the required tasking.

Must Have:
Circuit Design
New Circuit Characterization and Qualification
New Circuit Debug
PCB Design and Layout
Hardware Design
Hardware Design Tools such as SolidWorks, PCB Layout Tools such as Altium Designer
FPGA Programming
VHDL / Verilog
Testing and Evaluation

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