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Title   Department
Electrical Engineering Manager Engineering
Power Electronics Engineer Engineering
Senior Project Lead Engineering
Systems Engineer Engineering

Electrical Engineering Manager

  • Location: California

We are looking for someone to lead a team of high caliber electrical design engineers highly respected among their colleagues.

If you have experience in designing analog, digital and/or power circuits, we'd like to hear from 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 manage the activities of our electrical design engineers, PCB designers and lab technicians in the research, design, prototyping, test, release, and support of motor control and related products.


We are looking for someone who:

  • Is experienced in leading, motivating, and managing the electrical design, PCB layout and engineering lab teams.
  • Is experienced with developing reliable, cost effective products, within deadlines.
  • Can guide the evaluation of technologies strategic to the development of future products.
  • Can guide the PCB layout team to minimize errors and maximize effectivity.
  • Will ensure the engineering lab supports the testing/development needs for the various teams.


Education, Skills & Experience

  • We'd prefer a B.S. degree in an Electrical/Electronic Engineering discipline
  • 12+ years experience, 3 of which should be leading a team in supervision or management
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a collaborative team approach in a product development environment
  • Demonstrated track record of support product development from concept to volume production
  • Working knowledge of analog circuit and power electronics engineering practices and tools
  • Demonstrated ability to develop designs to meet project costs, performance and schedules
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills, including mentoring capabilities. 
If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Power Electronics Engineer

  • Location: California

Curtis design engineers develop the next generation of motor controllers that lead the industry for material handling and golf carts. Our existing controller offerings have battery voltages ranging from 24V to 144V, and load currents from 50A to 1000A. Next we are exploring to increase the battery voltage levels up to 400V, which is why our team is growing.

As a member of the electrical design team you will own the circuit design of a new product. You will work closely with the project lead and the control, software and mechanical engineers from design kick-off until product release. If you get excited about researching and developing new things, aren’t daunted by solving design challenges and enjoy directly impacting current and future products daily, then our team might be your next career step.

What you’ll do:

  • Design and document the circuits needed to meet the specifications of a new motor controller product, reusing existing designs as much as possible. Apply current techniques and tools to improve cost, design time, reliability and manufacturability.
  • Use analysis, simulations and/or measurements to demonstrate how the requirements are met.
  • Own the schematic capture and BOM. Guide the PCB designers.
  • Author the HW verification test plan to cover all requirements.
  • Work with the verification engineers/technicians to ensure the design meets the specifications for each stage of development.
  • Spend up to 20% of your time researching new technologies.

You should have:

  • BSEE or equivalent with five plus years of applicable design experience in a relevant technical discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop designs to meet project specifications, costs and schedules.
  • Schematic capture and circuit simulation tool experience.
  • Ability to execute own work with minimal supervision.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Senior 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!

Systems Engineer

  • Location: California

At Curtis Instruments, we’re looking for an additional Systems Engineer to own the technical architecture of EV systems.  This role entails gathering requirements, creating design specifications, reviewing design, and participation in the verification process. The ideal person will enjoy 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
  • 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.
  • Guide the development of and traceability of verification and validation testing
  • Assist in system level verification.
  • 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:

  • 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
  • Ability to understand C, or C++
If this sounds like you, please apply today!