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Title   Department
Control Systems Engineer Engineering
Project Lead Engineering
Senior Software Engineer Engineering
Software Engineer New Grad Engineering
Supply Chain Analyst Engineering

Control Systems Engineer

  • Location: California

At Curtis Instruments, we’re looking for a highly technical, best-in-class Control Systems Engineer.


Are you good at seeing what's possible?

How would it feel to have an idea, and take it through design, test, and into real-world application?

Are you excited about motion control?

Do you love vehicles?

If so, you are who we are looking for.


What you will do:
  • Architect control algorithm structures.
  • Perform the motor control algorithm development in Matlab/Simulink models, auto code generation, algorithm verification and validation through simulation, hardware-in-the-loop and dyno tests
  • Create modules/libraries and facilitate reuse of knowledge globally.
  • Advancing motor control technology.
  • Improve communication and knowledge sharing within the organization.
  • Establishing best practices for motor related analysis, controls and testing.
  • Plan motor control activities aligned with project need and timing.
  • Coordinate and follow up with global development team on development of motor control for Electric Vehicles.
  • Study customer’s requirements and provide comments for feasibility study.
  • Verify control module functionality on hardware in the loop bench and in vehicle.
  • Use appropriate tools and test methods to ensure fully functional and robust motor control software.
  • Issue resolution and testing of electric drive systems in dynamometer and vehicle environments
  • Conduct/participate in work product reviews for algorithm, software, and specifications.

What you should have:

  • Understanding of theory of AC IPM/Induction motors and their controls for vehicle applications.
  • Experience in modeling, simulation and control algorithm development with Matlab/Simulink.
  • In-depth understanding of control of electric machines, particularly Permanent Magnet and Induction Motors (PMAC, IPM, Synchronous Reluctance, etc.)
  • Extensive experience designing and implementing motor control methodologies particularly Field Oriented and/or Direct Torque Control.
  • Understanding of higher level control schemes such as feedback, feedforward and model predictive control.
  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional and global team.
  • Passion for understanding and testing high-quality control systems
  • Eagerness to learn in new environments and with new tools.
  • Master’s Degree or higher preferred
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!

Senior Software Engineer

  • Location: California

Do you want to work in the electric vehicle industry? Our Livermore R&D center offers exposure to all engineering disciplines and really exciting work for engineers interested in the EV industry.

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to design, code and debug real-time embedded software/firmware for electric motor speed controllers.


What you’ll do:

  • Work with electronic design teams to optimize logic and microprocessor circuit implementations.
  • Design, setup and run tests to ensure designs meet specifications.
  • Dubug systems from prototypes.
  • Participate in project reviews.

What you need:

  • BSEE or BSCS degree or equivalent; 5-10 years of relevant experience
  • Extensive experience in real-time embedded programming using high-level languages (C/C++) and assembly language
  • In-depth experience working with oscilloscopes, emulators, logic analyzers, and embedded debugging tools/techniques
  • In-depth knowledge of 32-bit microprocessor circuits (ARM Cortex-M) and peripherals (I2C, SPI, PWM)
  • In-depth knowledge of real-time operating systems, task schedulers, and standard libraries
  • Knowledge of control and feedback systems (strongly preferred)
  • Extensive experience in software analysis, documentation and design of experiments
  • In-depth knowledge of modern software methodologies, including Object Oriented Design and Test Driven Development
  • Well-versed in good engineering practices
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill
  • Ability to work effectively in small teams
  • Knowledge of Source Code Control Systems (Subversion, Git)
If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Software Engineer New Grad

  • Location: California

We're looking for someone to help design and maintain Curtis Instruments' application studio for electric motor vehicles.


The work will include the following:

  • Design, code and debug Windows based tools to support new product development and sustaining projects, with a focus on database back-end, user interface design, and communication protocols for embedded systems.
  • Design, set up and run tests to ensure the design meets specifications.
  • Apply novel techniques and tools to improve design time, reliability and functionality.
  • Work within a small design team to complete assigned objectives.
  • Participate in software design and project reviews.
  • Participate in the preparation of development specifications.

Qualifications we're looking for:

  • BSEE, BSCE or BSCS degree plus 0-5 years experience in a relevant technical discipline
  • Experience in programming C, C++, and C# .NET and installation/deployment procedures. (especially C#)
  • Experience with serial communication over RS232 and CAN are a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop designs to meet project schedules and requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of software analysis, documentation and design of experiments.
  • Knowledge of good engineering practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Supply Chain Analyst

  • Location: California

As the Components Supply Chain Analyst (CSCA), you have the opportunity to influence the Curtis Instruments supply chain in-line with design and manufacturing to serve customers. You’ll accomplish this as a working member of Product Development Teams to ensure project component procurement conforms to project schedules. The CSCA also works closely with the Corporate Supply Chain Analyst to support PCN (Product Change Notification) to identify and resolve component issues.

Work includes collaboration across Curtis stakeholders to select quality components for new product development, existing products, and ensuring Supply Chain availability of components for design introduction and changes to current designs.

What you’ll do:

  • Participate as an active member of project teams. Anticipate the needs of the project teams. Be knowledgeable of the Curtis Product Development System process.
  • Responsible for component supplier selection on electronic devices through franchised distributers.
  • Work with Curtis stakeholders (Engineering, Manufacturing, QA, PM, Purchasing, and Planning) to select suppliers capable of consistent supply of components which comply with Curtis specifications, taking into account manufacturing locations needs.
  • Compile material costs during product development until production release following Corporate Policy.
  • Ensure all electronic materials purchased have a Curtis Master Engineering Specification.
  • Work with manufacturing sites to coordinate product migration from Engineering to Manufacturing
  • Perform CCRs (Critical Component Reviews)
  • Run analysis to confirm documentation and parts are released and all parts are RoHS compliant.
  • Confirm status of new parts by checking the manufacturing site for open PO and lead time or assisting in order placement as determined by lead time.
  • Issue First Article PO and Pilot Production order as needed via Purchase or Transfer Order to manufacturing site
  • Coordinate Risk Buys adhering to the Corporate approval limits
  • Inform purchasing and accounting what was procured for each project.
  • Component supply chain integrity
  • Monitor Product Change Notifications from Manufacturers
  • Review ECN’s from all sites
  • Review BOM’s for Pilot Releases.
  • Work with Suppliers. Verify price and lead time via quotes, Distributor’s websites, newsletters, Distributor lead time trend reports, etc.
  • Part Reviews & New Component Specifications. Identify single sourced parts, advise Engineering of potential alternate sources.
  • Perform RFQs and follow up for Engineering groups as required
  • Search Internet, Websites for Manufacturers / Distributors
  • Work with the Senior Supply Chain Analyst to identify and resolve problem parts (EOL (End Of Life), NRND (Not Recommended for New Design, single source, long lead time, etc).

What you need:

  • Minimum Associates Degree – Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in Supply Chain Management roles
  • Experience with electrical components supply highly preferred
  • Be skilled in the following:
    • Proactive attention to detail
    • Excellent communication, verbal and written
    • Strong stakeholder management
    • Working knowledge of Excel, Word and search Tools
    • Experience with variety of reporting tools
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Project or other Project tools preferred
    • Negotiation

If this sounds like you, please apply today!