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Hardware Designer

Peterborough, ON


  • Design and Development: The foremost duty of a hardware designer is developing, designing and testing hardware components including circuit boards, switches, processors. A hardware designer captures functional requirements, components and design systems that will deliver the expected performance while working in tandem with other analog or digital elements of the device. Hardware designers are also responsible for schematic capture, netlist generation, BOM generation and circuit board layout;
  • Modify Existing Hardware: Hardware designers make modifications to existing hardware components and systems based on changes in functional requirements or use cases. They may also modify hardware elements to eliminate performance issues that cause the device to malfunction. In this aspect of the role, the hardware designer ensures that changes to components work with the system as a whole and do not impede performance;
  • Test Components and boards: Hardware designers conduct component tests throughout the design process, testing the elements individually and in conjunction with other hardware, firmware and software systems. The hardware designer then analyzes test data to guide changes, enhance system performance and stability, and eliminate defects. Hardware designers can perform some prototyping (including soldering) in order to repair or evaluate a component;
  • Create Document: Hardware designers prepare and maintain documents throughout the design and development process;
  • Oversee Manufacturing Processes: Hardware designers collaborate with manufacturing personnel to ensure that elements are built according to specifications. A hardware designer may work closely with fabricators to create a prototype of a design in order to conduct further testing and modifications and modify the design based on this prototype;
  • Collaborate with firmware and software developers: During the integration hardware designers ensure that the hardware reliably runs the intended firmware and software;
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics, Hardware or Computer Engineering or equivalent with a focus on digital design;
  • A minimum of 5+ years hardware development experience preferably in an aerospace, defense or medical product environments;
  • Background from Control systems (Engine Control, Landing and Steering Controls an asset), Avionics, Aerospace, Medical Device or other high reliability products would be appropriate;
  • Knowledge of design and simulation tools (Allegro Layout, Spice and OrCad capture);
  • Knowledge of Board/system EMI Design;
  • Direct experience interfacing with microcontrollers and/or knowledge of embedded processor implementations;
  • DO160 and DO254 experience is a plus;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

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