Parsons Corporation Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Senior Hardware Design Engineer
QRC, a Parsons Company
About QRC Technologies a Parsons Company
QRC Technologies specializes in RF Test and Measurement products, especially for cellular communications. QRC develops and produces survey tools for cellular communication systems, phone based measurement, stimulation tools, forensic tools, and integrated RF recording and playback equipment.
QRC Technologies was founded in 1987 and has been serving as a systems integrator since its inception, and in the last decade has expanded with a portfolio of RF Test and Measurement products. The company has over 80 employees in multiple locations, including Gaithersburg, MD, and the world headquarters located in Fredericksburg, VA. QRC tools cover CDMA, WCDMA, GSM, EvDO, WiMAX, LTE, and WIFI protocols.
QRC Technologies was acquired by Parsons in July 2019.
The Senior Hardware Design Engineer will work with several groups at QRC, including the engineering, production, and quality teams to accelerate new hardware feature integration for our next generation RF measurement products. Ability and a passion to prevent and solve engineering problems is a key aspect of this role. The Senior Hardware Engineer's primary responsibility is to participate in and lead design tasks including requirements analysis, specification generation, interface definition, component selection, simulation, schematic capture, and circuit board layout.
Candidate will be responsible for designing architectures, subsystems, boards, and components
Participate in and lead design tasks including requirements analysis, specification generation, interface definition, component selection, simulation, schematic capture, and board layout
Participate in simulation, testing, and troubleshooting of designs, including bench testing and debugging using test equipment
Apply hands-on in-depth knowledge of test equipment including oscilloscopes, signal generators, vector network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and power meters
Develop test plans and procedures for designs
Participate in and lead design reviews
Manage schedule, cost, and technical responsibility at the system and board level
Identify and work with suppliers of components and subsystems
Learn methods from analysis of industry products and apply lessons learned to innovative product designs
Candidate must have extensive design experience in high-speed digital, analog, and power products, and some knowledge of RF systems
Must have in-depth understanding of appropriate PCB materials and knowledge of circuit layout techniques
Candidate should have at least 5 years of PCB layout experience on shippable products
In-depth experience with Altium Designer over the last two years is strongly desired, including detailed knowledge about the software, its limitations, and its features
Candidate should be proficient in PCB part placement, footprints, gerber files, maintaining part libraries, and designing for ease of manufacturing and test
Direct experience routing high-speed digital signals (PCIe, USB, Gigabit, LVDS, clocks) and low-speed digital signals (RS-232, I2C, SPI), analog signal and power, and RF signals (up to 6 GHz) is required
Experience routing both single-ended and differential pairs is required
Candidate should be able to optimize designs for PCBs and flex circuits for density, cost, thermal issues, and other factors
Should have an understanding of EMC design guidelines for PCBs and systems
Should have strong written and interpersonal communication skills
Must be able to work independently and produce measurable results
Candidates must be eligible to obtain a security clearance when sponsored by QRC
Preferred Skills or Experience:
BS in Electrical Engineering or similar work experience
6 or more years of experience in Electrical Engineering, with demonstrated RF skills, or 10 or more years of experience in the design and testing of printed circuit boards for RF/microwave/high-speed digital frequencies
Past experience with designing ruggedized hardware is a plus
Technical experience in the areas of signal processing, signal analysis, direction finding, geolocation, embedded systems, antennas, or communications systems is a plus
Previous experience producing products rapidly in a small team environment is a strong plus
Experience with Altium Vault is a plus
An active US government security clearance is a plus
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