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Job Description

Job Number
Job Title
Electrical Engineer
SAT : Engineering
State College, PA
Job Title: Electrical Engineer          
Reporting Manager: Supervisor/Lead
Security Clearance Required: N/A

Job Summary
CPI Satcom & Antenna Technologies, a division of Communication & Power Industries LLC, operates a satellite communication electronics design and manufacturing facility in State College, Pennsylvania – the home of Penn State University. The State College design facility is an energetic and dynamic organization dedicated to building the highest-reliability uplink and downlink SATCOM RF Electronics (RFE) equipment in the satellite industry. With a long history of innovation and a global customer base, the SATCOM RFE facility continues to expand its product offerings and increase its market share around the world. As CPI grows, we continually seek motivated and talented employees to join the team.

We are actively seeking an experienced Electrical Engineer to join our multi-disciplined design engineering team. Our ideal candidate has a strong engineering design background with proven experience analog and digital circuit design. The successful candidate will be a key contributor to our team.

Members of our team must have a passion and willingness to work with and learn from other highly-skilled engineers to expand their domain knowledge in the area of controlling and monitoring complex microwave communication systems. A successful candidate must be willing to share their expertise with other members of the team with particular emphasis on mentoring less-experienced team members. The applicant must be willing to document and share their experiences with the rest of the team. Good communication is key in this role and applicants unwilling to share their knowledge, process, and results openly with the team will not be considered.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities of the Job
•   Design, analyze and test analog and digital circuitry to support microwave communications electronics
•   Typical circuit designs tasks include, but are not limited to:
o   Opamp-based sampling and feedback circuitry
o   Linear and switching voltage regulators (low voltage)
o   Precision voltage references
o   Serial data communications
o   Current sensing and limiting circuits, hot-swap circuitry
o   PLLs (Non-Microwave) and low frequency clocks
•   Analyze design requirements and select suitable electronic components
•   Perform circuit analysis - both by direct calculation and by use of SPICE simulation tools
•   Document designs by developing schematics, block diagrams, and analysis documents
•   Review and advise on PCB layouts developed by drafting department to engineering specs
•   Contribute to the technical planning, scheduling, and successful execution of small design projects
•   Communicate with other design team about requirements, design rationale, analysis of designs, and any issues clearly and openly
•   Have constant interactions and make design trade-offs with systems engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering and manufacturing support engineering
•   Support other engineering functions as needed in the design process
•   Participate in the improvement of the organizational processes and documentation
•   Lead the research and analysis of data, such as customer design proposal, specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
•   Exercises latitude and self-direction in determining technical objectives of assignments
Minimally Required Skills

•   Analog circuit design techniques
•   Familiarity with basic analog and analog/digital control circuits
o   Opamp sampling and feedback
o   Linear and switching voltage regulators
o   Low-frequency filtering and signal conditioning
o   A/D and D/A converters
o   Serial communications circuits
o   Grounding and isolation
o   Precision voltage references
•   Basic knowledge of Schematic Capture & PCB Layout tools
•   Familiarity with basic electronic test equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, etc)
•   Underlying background knowledge of the electronics manufacturing process
•   Hardware debugging/troubleshooting skills
•   Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and the use of Sharepoint
•   Good communication skills and a willingness to share knowledge
•   Ability to multi-task

Beyond the basic required skills, additional consideration will be given to applicants who have experience in the following specialty areas:
•   RF and Microwave electronics devices and circuits
•   Embedded control hardware design with microcontrollers, basic embedded code
•   Basic Python Scripting (including data collection and processing)
•   Automation of electronic test equipment (GPIB, LXI, etc.)
•   CAN communications protocol
•   Experience with microwave test equipment (spectrum analyzers, signal generators, PNA, etc.)
•   MTBF analysis of electronics products
•   Familiarity with regulatory compliance for electronic products (e.g. FCC, CE certification, etc.)
•   RF or Microwave design tools (e.g, Genesys, AWR MWO, Ansys tool suites)
•   Experience with a community documentation paradigm (i.e. Wiki, etc.)
•   Project management tools such as Microsoft Project
•   Experience in the preparation of technical documents for potential major program proposals

Minimum job requirements:
•   BS in Electrical engineering, Computer engineering or Computer Science. Master’s Preferred
•   Five years of related work experience
•   Mid-Career to Senior level work experience.

Working Conditions
•   Primarily in office setting. Sitting & standing
•   Travel may be required

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