Curtis Instruments, Inc.

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Title   Department
Mechanical Engineering Manager Engineering
Product Engineer Engineering
Project Lead Engineering
Regulatory Engineer Engineering
Software Product Manager Engineering
Sourcing Engineer Engineering
Systems Engineer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Manager

  • Location: California

Leading the way in vehicle motor controls, Curtis Instruments is looking for someone to Lead our Mechanical Engineering Group in the design, prototype, test, troubleshooting and repair of complex components and assemblies. This includes defining methods, operations and sequences for qualification testing of components, assemblies and products, establishing and documenting engineering procedures.

What you will do:

  • Manage and Mentor Mechanical Engineers.
  • Oversee the workload of the Mechanical Engineering function by coordinating with various groups and project leaders.
  • Participate in mechanical reviews.
  • Ensure appropriate review of engineering designs during product development.
  • Develop detailed manufacturing packages (including BOM, detailed engineering drawings, 2D drawings, and production assembly drawings) for effective design transfer to manufacturing.
  • Develop tests for mechanical hardware and ensure proper operation over the range of use.
  • Design new mechanical hardware, test & production fixtures to meet functional specifications and customer requests.
  • Support current fixtures for products in production.
  • Analyze tolerance stack up, work with vendors to ensure specifications are met, perform stress analysis, build prototypes or mockups, write instructions for machinists.
  • Fully document all design work, including appropriate tolerance studies and margin analyses.
  • Ensure designs are optimized for reliability, manufacturability, testability and cost.
  • Specify new mechanical components.
  • Ensure employee performance evaluations of direct reports are completed and communicated on a timely basis.

What you should have:

  • BS degree or equivalent and 10 years mechanical engineering experience with 3 years supervisory.
  • Thorough understanding of materials, fabrication, and manufacturing processes, as well as industry standards for design and testing.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully develop designs in electro/mechanical packaging to meet project costs, performance, and schedules.
  • Proficient with SolidWorks 2D & 3D CAD, creating solid models of individual mechanical components and assemblies, as well as fabrication documents utilizing ANSI Y14.5 geometric toleranceing.
  • Broad knowledge in injection molding, compression molding, machining, aluminum die casting, stamping, aluminum extrusions, rapid prototyping, and plating processes.
  • Demonstrated understanding and success in new product introduction environments inclusive of DFM.
  • Knowledge of ESD principles and practices.
  • PC literate with experience in MS Office.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills..
  • Accuracy and good organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated success managing and mentoring Mechanical Engineers

If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Product Engineer

  • Location: California

As a Product Engineer at Curtis, you will provide customer, sales and engineering support on specific product lines.


  • BSEE/BSME degree or equivalent.
  • 3-6 years of related commercial/technical experience.
  • Motor control and electric vehicle application knowledge desirable.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Effective telephone technical support for customers and sales staff.
  • Accuracy and good organizational skills.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram or schedule form.
  • PC literate with experience in MS Office and databases.

Essential Functions:

  • Work directly in product development teams as the representative of Product Management.
  • Generate/collect customer specification and worksheets.
  • Coordinate product sampling and new model releases.
  • Champion the product release documentation process.
  • Conduct product evaluations for compliance to the MRD and related specifications.
  • Conduct competitive product analysis and generate evaluation reports.
  • Create applications engineering and sales training material and training seminars.
  • Coordinate activities between engineering, sales and customers.
  • Prepare product status reports for distribution to all sales offices.
  • Prepare manuals and technical publications relating to product.
  • Travel as required for customer visits, trade shows and inter-company meetings.
  • Propose changes in products, which would result in cost reductions or improvement in operations/performance.
If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Project Lead

  • Location: California

Are you looking for a position with a proven Electric Vehicle leader? How about a position leading key design projects of Electric Motor Controls? Do you have experience designing electronics or embedded software? If so, we are looking for you!

This position, which is located in our Livermore, CA office, is a needed addition to our engineering design team. In this leadership role you will plan, schedule, and execute all phases of product development from design through project release.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is experienced in project management of electronics
  • Is experienced designing circuitry and/or embedded software
  • Has a strong understanding of digital and analog circuitry and good general engineering practices.
  • Has experience writing and reviewing product proposals, functional specifications and system architecture.
  • Has proven ability to work with design engineers and resolve technical issues.
  • Has experience working in a manufacturing environment, and enjoys it as well.

Education, Skills & Experience

  • We'd prefer a B.S. degree in an Electrical/Electronic Engineering discipline
  • 2+ years experience leading projects
  • Experience with power electronics or embedded systems is GREAT! In fact, those words get us down-right excited, but you better be able to speak to them!
  • Demonstrated knowledge of industrial product design.
  • Experience applying current techniques and tools to improve costs, design times, reliability, durability and manufacturability.
  • Knowledge of good engineering practices, including design of experiments.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills.

Please do not apply if you are a new grad with no work experience yet. Congratulations on your degree! But for this position, we are looking for someone with experience leading projects and at least a 2 year technical background.

If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Regulatory Engineer

  • Location: California

As Curtis Instruments expands into new design and new areas of development, including on-road, we are looking for someone to help the teams through regulatory and safety challenges.

You're an ideal candidate if you see yourself as someone who adds value and are specifically excited about getting involved interpreting regulatory standards to design processes, working on DFMEAs, MTTFd calculations, and more!

Please reach out with an application if you are educated in Electrical Engineering and have experience in compliance, regulatory, and/or safety engineering.

What you will do:
  • Own the regulatory and high-level safety engineering requirements
  • Compliance engineering including reviewing internal project goals, determination of applicable compliance standards, interpretation of standards, communication of requirements to appropriate development teams, and follow up with internal and external resources to ensure requirements are met before prototype or production.
  • Perform Hardware metric calculations and write related safety reports
  • Build overall awareness of compliance requirements by assisting with team briefings, process development, manufacturing site audits, and safety standards education throughout the organization.
  • Interpret regulatory standards to drive design process improvements
  • Participate in development team meetings to assess compliance requirements and create/communicate a plan for compliance. Create alignment of the development direction with applicable regulatory requirements and compliance processes.
  • Negotiate and prepare cost and time estimates for compliance evaluation and testing from appropriate agencies including internal resources.
  • Provide direction to testers.
  • Conduct safety chain analysis within the DFMEA process
  • Participate in design reviews and provide direction to product development teams on product regulatory compliance issues
  • Ensure proper archiving of product regulatory compliance reports.
  • Contribute to standards working committees
  • Prepare documentation to support regulatory submissions
  • Respond to global regulatory questions

What you should have:

  • Electrical engineering degree with minimum 5 years proven relevant electrical safety standards experience.
  • Experience with IEC 60529, IEC 61508, ISO 26262, ISO 13849, EN 1175, EN 280, UL 538, UL 1998
  • Significant knowledge in the determination of appropriate standards, understanding of those standards and their application to real-world design processes.
  • Familiarity with MTTFd Calculations, Safety-related Hardware Metrics
  • DFMEA process experience
  • Ability to consistently achieve a high standard of quality and accuracy with extreme attention to detail.
  • Apply logical thinking to daily responsibilities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Software Product Manager

  • Location: California

At Curtis Instruments, we are looking for a Software Product Manager for our customer applications CIT (Curtis Integrated Toolkit) Group. Curtis Instruments is a leader in Motor Controls for Electrical Vehicles, and the Tools Group is responsible for Software used in product configuration and setup, and other user interface needs.

Your responsibilities as a SW Product Manager will be to:

  • Act as product owner and expert working with customer expectations and engineers to define the product AND
  • Be a Software Project Lead

You will...

  • Define user stories, software requirements and integrate them in an existing product specification.
  • Define the end-user experience
  • Collect and condense end-user feedback and requests
  • Help and support validation and verification of new releases
  • Provide 2nd-level support to our controls application engineers
  • Elaborate training and reference material
  • Do roadmap and sprint planning in consensus with the relevant stakeholders (design team, application team, etc.)
  • Prioritize new requests
  • Coordinate with other disciplines (Electrical Engineer, Controls, etc.)
  • Work out best workflow practices
  • Work with the team on new technologies to keep prepared for the future.
  • Encourage and motivate the team

You're likely to be successful if you bring to the table...

  • A degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, with 10+ years of work experience OR a Masters with 7+ years of work experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge in requirements engineering, including the ability to structure and phrase software requirements
  • Expert-level UX Design and Workflow Best Practice knowledge
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a software project from initial idea to field deployment, including end-user training material
  • Excellent process, stakeholder management, and documentation skills
  • Knowledge of Cloud Services is a plus
  • Experience with Industrial/bus Communication (i.e. CAN, RS232, etc.) is a plus

If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Sourcing Engineer

  • Location: California

Leading the way in vehicle motor controls, Curtis Instruments is looking for someone to manage our sourcing of custom parts. As a Sourcing Engineer, you will help maintain high quality by collaborating with vendors to provide well-manufactured mechanical parts and PCBs, etc. This role is a high-impact opportunity to support the Design and Delivery of New Curtis products.

Please apply if you're experienced with any of the following and eager to learn on the job:

  • Work with QA, design, and manufacturing in multiple global sites to develop suitable suppliers capable of consistent supply of compliant materials to Curtis specification.
  • Work along with engineering project teams and take care of supplier selection appropriate to manufacturing site.
  • Compile fabricated material costs during product development. Calculate and update costing in business software.
  • Coordinate changes in material sources, tooling and fixtures for product transfer and new product releases in conjunction with Manufacturing Engineering and the manufacturing site concerned to permit local sourcing.
  • Quality check for Curtis Master Engineering Specifications in fabricated parts.
  • Identify and qualify alternate sources when needed or support overall dual sourcing strategies.
  • Communicate to suppliers and assist them on meeting Curtis requirements on certification. Work with existing suppliers to resolve problems using data compiled by local Purchasing and Quality staff.
  • Identify and realize cost reduction opportunities achieving yearly target set by VP of Quality Assurance
  • Guide all manufacturing facilities in our Global Sourcing activities to ensure our corporate fabricated part volume can be taken advantage of by local production/purchasing functions.
  • Provide timely communication on tooling requirements and take responsibility for compilation and required approvals of capital and other expenditures.
  • Process requests for samples from engineering and coordinate all P.O. activity associated to First Article Inspections.
  • Carry out formal vendor assessments per formalized Corporate Operating Procedures.
  • Provide feedback and analysis to Engineering on supplier issues and necessary Engineering changes.
  • Conduct Design for Manufacturability and Sourcing reviews on new product developments, and propose changes to designs to match the capabilities of the receiving manufacturing facility and their suppliers.

Qualifications that will help you succeed in the work:

  • Knowledge of Design for Manufacturability, Lean Manufacturing, and modern global supply chain management processes
  • Experience sourcing a variety of manufacturing processes, including Die Casting, Extruded parts, Printed Circuit Board Manufacture, Plastic Injection Molding, and Metal Stamping.
  • Backgournd implementing cost reduction strategies
  • Ability to analyze thoroughly and communicate effective sourcing strategies
  • Multiple years of working closely with engineering development teams and collaborating with cross-functional managers.
  • Exposure to working in an ISO-9001 or IATF-16949 or parallel compliance context
If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Systems Engineer

  • Location: California

At Curtis Instruments, we’re looking for an additional Systems Engineer to own the technical architecture of EV systems. The need is driven by company expansion and additional product development projects. This role entails gathering requirements, creating design specifications, reviewing design, and participation in the verification process. The ideal person will in with a love of managing many stakeholders as they pay close attention to market needs, safety regulations, system behavior, and development lifecycle.

On the job, you will:

  • Develop system and subsystem requirements for determining desired behaviors, features or functions of an embedded controller
  • Analyze and negotiate requirements with internal and external stakeholders, tracing their implementation throughout product development and integration
  • Guide the development of and traceability of verification and validation testing
  • Conduct concept and design reviews.
  • Guide design engineers and group leads in implementing specified features. Work with them to modify these features as issues or new solutions are found.
  • Support system FMEA process & develop DFMEA for recording potential failure modes and planed corrective actions.
  • Lead problem resolution, tracking, and provide feedback on status to tracked problems
  • Apply solid technical understanding, critical reasoning and a structured approach to solving problems in both familiar and unfamiliar domains.
  • Provide leadership and cross-functional teamwork, providing assistance in the development of consensus and win-win situations.

Qualities you bring to the table should include:

  • An understanding of software and the software development lifecycle.
  • Knowledge of and interest in electrical circuits, software algorithms, and control theory.
  • Understanding of mechanical design.
  • Experience designing complex system requirements, ideally as it relates to motor/vehicle control, automotive applications, timing techniques, control algorithm design, simulation.
  • Awareness of good engineering practice and methodologies.
  • The ability to turn written communication and designs into quality group presentations.
  • Project & Time Management: Manage multiple priorities while maintaining a commitment to the tasks at hand.
  • Problem Solving: Able to identify problems, analyze varying courses of action to determine, recommend and negotiate optimal solutions and execute contingency plans
  • Complex Analysis/Synthesis: Able to process a large amount of information flow, identify multiple parameters, interdependencies and inconsistencies to provide both high level systems overview and deep subject matter expertise in electrical, software and mechanical sub-systems.

Bonus points for:

  • Ability to understand C, or C++
  • Experience with transportation engineering, road safety, Systems
  • Experience working in a regulated or safety critical environment
  • Skilled in cross-functional team communication, scrum and agile techniques
  • Familiar with development process workflows with ALM tools
If this sounds like you, please apply today!