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Job Description

Job Number
Job Title
Senior Engineer
MPP : Communication / High Power
Palo Alto, CA
Communications & Power Industries (CPI), headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is a global manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems focused primarily on communications and defense markets. With a heritage of technological excellence that spans decades, CPI develops, manufactures and globally distributes innovative and reliable technology solutions used in the generation, amplification, transmission and reception of microwave signals for commercial and military applications. CPI serves customers in the communications, defense, medical, industrial and scientific markets. The company has manufacturing locations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, and sales, service and engineering offices around the world.


•Devises the initial concept of the assigned Helix Travelling Wave Tubes, associated component or system and other Microwave products; directs and participates in the overall detailed product design, analysis and testing.
•Assumes project responsibility and carries it through various stages of development per project scope of the work/ project charter.
•Performs and manages project related administrative tasks such as planning, execution, and monitoring schedules and cost control according to assigned budget.
•Conceives, analyses, prepares and presents proposals for new programs which will lead to new products; organizes and implements or assists in organizing and implementing a thorough R & D program.
•Specifies and evaluates environmental conditions for the device – such as shock, vibration, temperature, etc., analyses equipment to establish operating data and conducts experimental tests.
•Recognizes design problems and errors and take corrective action.
•Works with manufacturing during pilot run and the first product runs, to ensure an efficient transition from engineering to production. Supports production activities as needed.
•Maintains high level of technical competence, ethics, and state of the art awareness.
•Develop costs estimates for products, projects and programs
•Coordinates with other departments such as Purchasing, Production control, Marketing, Customer Service, Quality Assurance and others as needed to carry out project tasks to meet strategic departmental/ organizational goals.
•Performs other related duties as assigned.

•Typically, BS (with 7 years of experience) or MS (with 5 years of experience) or PhD (with 2 years of experience) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics with relevant TWT experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
•Experience with Helix or other TWT design, development and test experience preferred.
•Able to manage complex projects and programs independently with little supervision.
•Hands-on experience with deep understanding of engineering principles, concepts in vacuum science, materials, and process engineering, manufacturing science, etc.
•Must have passion for problem solving
•Excellent written and verbal communication
•Ability to work on a team and be a team player
•US Citizenship and the ability to receive DOD security clearance is required

This position requires potential access to technology controlled under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The successful candidate must be a U.S. Person as defined under ITAR and EAR. In order to be a U.S. Person for ITAR and EAR purposes, you must (i) be a citizen or national of the United States; or (ii) be a lawful permanent resident of the United States; or (iii) a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

CPI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.