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Job Description

Job Number
Job Title
Engineering Intern
SAT : Engineering
Plano, Texas

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.

Job Summary
Gain hands on experience while exploring career path possibilities!
Under direct supervision this role offers,
•   Opportunity to contribute to design and sustainment of control systems for telecommunication antennas, radars, telescopes, or other projects or products as applicable.
•   Diverse scope including circuit theory, embedded control systems, instrumentation, printed circuit boards, radio communications, servomechanisms, and more.
•   Work within a cross-functional team environment to resolve issues.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities of the Job
Under close supervision and mentorship,
•   Create and present task status and technical solutions to team members, engineering leadership, and customers
•   Resolves day-to-day technical problems on the production lines to minimize disruption
•   Analyzes and evaluates new or improved electronic components, troubleshoots electrical device problems, and works with various teams to resolve open-ended issues
•   Operates computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks
•   Completes drawing designs as required to facilitate the engineering process
•   Assist with the development of hardware requirements based on product, system, and customer requirements
•   Assist with the design, test, and verification of hardware to meet documented requirements for platform, environment, functionality, cost, and Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP)
Minimally Required Skills (including types of tools, equipment and materials used in the job)
•Basic knowledge of electrical principles and electronic components
•Basic knowledge and familiarity with standard test equipment (oscilloscope, multi-meter, signal generators, spectrum analyzer, etc.)
•Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
•Familiar with standard Microsoft Office Applications

Minimum job requirements:
•Student must be pursuing a Bachelor's or advanced degree in an applicable discipline
•Self-motivated and proactive when seeking information
•Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

Preferred job requirements
•Strong interest in hardware development
•Accredited study for a Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline
•Good organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks while balancing priorities and schedules
•Good written and verbal communications skills and the ability to work well with others in a professional team environment
•Experience with technical leadership of small technical teams
•Ability to provide insight on implications of hardware changes to the system
•Able to investigate problems to the root cause and then champion the creation and implementation of corrective actions
•Basic knowledge or experience with of any of the following: development process, PWB/PCB electrical design, FPGA digital design, wiring harnesses and rigs, RF system design
•Basic knowledge or experience with electrical power systems, facility electrical integration, grounding, lightning protection, power systems equipment (switchgear, UPSs, VFDs, transformers, etc.), and/or industry standards for electrical equipment design (API, NEC/NESC, NFPA, IEEE, etc.),

Working Conditions
•Location: In office (Plano, TX) and Remote
•Ability to meet face to face occasionally depending on project needs requirements
•Flexible work schedule

This position requires potential access to technology controlled under the 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, religion, 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 a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.