Power Electronics Engineer - Santa Cruz

Tasks include:
  • Develop prototype motor controllers and battery management systems of varying power levels and voltage levels (60V to 600V) under weight and reliability constraints
  • Design electrical schematics, select components, and layout rigid and flex PCBs
  • Work with mechanical engineers and 3D CAD tools to check mechanical fit
  • Oversee PCB assembly procedures and procurement of BOM
  • Implement efficient motor control and battery charge management algorithms in microcontrollers and/or FPGA
  • Test hardware and firmware and make necessary modifications and revisions to meet functional requirements
  • Communicate with manufacturers, assemblers, and technicians in order to optimize design for manufacturability and cost

Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering and two years of experience which may be acquired before, during, or after Master’s level coursework
  • Must have also demonstrated Master’s level coursework in dynamics, state variable methods and digital signal processing OR comparable coursework.
  • Two years of hands-on experience with:
    • Firmware development in C/C++ for microcontrollers
    • Digital design in Verilog/VHDL for FPGAs
    • Power conversion using advanced high voltage (as high as 600V) power semiconductors
    • Communication protocols and EtherCAT
    • PCB design in Altium Designer
    • Prototyping and knowledge of speed and current sensors
    • Debugging and measurements using test equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, DC electronic load and waveform generators.

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