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Senior Electronics Product Development Engineer

Company: Powell Industries
Location: Bellaire
Posted on: July 3, 2024

Job Description:

Do you like to develop awesome products that make a real difference to our digital world? Come and join Powell's IOT product development team and you will be there from the start and see your groundbreaking product come to life with the customers who asked for it. We're looking for an experienced Electronic Development Engineer to join our team.

Powell Industries, a US manufacturer of low- and medium-voltage electrical & electronic equipment for commercial, industrial, and utility systems. Powell's products include class-leading vacuum circuit breakers, monitoring, sensing and control electronics, communications and software systems, switchgear, motor control, and safety-focused enclosure systems.

Powell's 75-year leadership in vacuum switching technology and arc-flash safety is widely known and in use globally, while being designed and manufactured in multiple facilities in the US, Canada and the UK. Our R&D facilities located at one of our three Houston-area manufacturing facilities feature electrical, mechanical and electronic prototyping facilities and UL-certified high voltage and high current labs, where you will be able to model and validate the performance of your designs in real time.

Powell is hiring an experienced Electronic Development Engineer for our Research and Development department. The role of the engineer is the development, validation and technical support of industrial electronic products from concept to full production, as well as continuation engineering on existing product lines. This role will include liaison with manufacturers, clients and internal production and engineering teams. Posted position does not allow for sponsorship or relocation.

Position Summary

Responsible for the development, validation and technical support of industrial electronic products from concept to formal release into customer facing applications. This will include liaison with manufacturers, clients and internal production and engineering teams where necessary.

Essential Responsibilities

  • From approved product requirements, create product family architecture for use in developing detailed design specifications
  • Take ownership of specification creation once requirements and product family architecture are approved
  • From defined specifications, formulate and execute a plan for the design, development and validation of industrial electronic products for use within switchgear environments. This will include new products and enhancements to existing products.
  • Undertake and lead design reviews for both peer and subordinate engineers
  • Undertake and/or oversee validation and certification activities associated with the development of industrial electronic hardware.
  • Undertake documentation reviews with peer and subordinate engineers. Provide direct feedback on the quality, detail and accuracy of reviewed documentation
  • Generate and maintain detailed technical documents as required during the course of product development.
  • With the R&D Manager agree a plan for the work allocated and be responsible for the execution, accuracy and content of the defined work.
  • Undertake new product introduction (NPI) activities associated with initiating the manufacture of a developed product. This will include liaising with the manufacturer and taking responsibility for all non-commercial issues
  • Be responsible for the specification and realization of product manufacturing validation regimes.
  • Provide support for existing electronic products, as required by both the company and its customers. Duties will include training, technical consulting and application of technical knowledge.
  • Mentor junior engineers in the development of their technical and engineering skills
  • Embrace the company's intern program, using this to identify, engage and secure high caliber interns with a view to them becoming future company employees
  • Collaboration within the department and cross functional teams to deliver the electronic products as required.
  • Ensure that company procedures and standards are adhered to.
  • To maintain and enhance one's knowledge of the latest technology to sustain and improve the company's products. This will include undertaking research to identify new product possibilities and documenting these as future product concepts
  • To carry out any other reasonable duties, as assigned, which are within the capabilities of the job holder


    • BS Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Advanced degree (MS, PhD) preferred)
    • Minimum 5 years' experience in industrial electronic product development role
    • Project management and organizational skills. Prior use of project management software tools expected
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills with specific technical document writing and presentation experience. Ability to document from reader's perspective is essential
    • Complex analytical and problem solving ability.
    • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively. (Self-motivated and self-managing).
    • Participation in a professional society desired.

      Extensive knowledge with demonstrable experience of the following is required:

      • Microcontrollers applied in embedded industrial products.
      • Analogue electronics signal processing.
      • Power supply design & power electronics.
      • Brushless motor controller design / development


        About Us

        In our 70+ year history, Powell has always known that our employees are at the heart of our success. Without question, we have the most talented people in all parts of our organization. As a manufacturer, we recruit and hire experienced and knowledgeable applicants to ensure our product is engineered, fabricated and assembled to customer specifications!

        Powered by Innovation - Powell's culture has and will always be founded in our "can do" attitude. If we can imagine it, we can do it. Become a part of our story, and let us help you write yours. Hard work pays off in all of our teams, with opportunity for advancement and promotion without sacrificing work-life balance. Successful candidates must have a legal authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis, with only those candidates selected for interview contacted.

        We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disability

        If you need an accommodation in the hiring process, you may contact 713.378.2685. Application status inquiries will not be accepted in this manner.

Keywords: Powell Industries, Houston , Senior Electronics Product Development Engineer, Engineering , Bellaire, Texas

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