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Title   Department
Hardware Engineer Engineering
Senior Electrical Engineer (PCB/Analog/Altium) Engineering
Senior Product Engineer Engineering
Sr. Software Engineer (Embedded) Engineering
Systems Requirements Engineer Engineering

Hardware Engineer

  • Location: California

At Curtis, our 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. Our team is growing as we increase the battery voltage levels up to 400V.

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 need:

1. BSEE, plus 2-5 years of industry experience.

2. Experience in analog or digital design of embedded controls and/or experience with        switching or power electronic design.

3. Knowledge of ESD principles and practices.

4. Knowledge of PCB layout and schematic capture tools.

5. Knowledge of good engineering practices.

6. Effective verbal and written communication skills


What you will do:

1. Design and debug electronic circuits, components and PCB assemblies for new product development and sustaining projects.

2. Design, setup and run tests to ensure the design meets specifications.

3. Maintain records and documentation on all designs, tests and analysis.  This includes maintaining relevant procedures and documents in Polarion and other databases.

4. Apply current techniques and tools to improve cost, design time, reliability, durability, and manufacturability. 

And more......

If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Senior Electrical Engineer (PCB/Analog/Altium)

  • Location: California

We're looking for a Senior Electrical Engineer who enjoys doing their own PCB layout to join our team. At Curtis, we design both in conventional SMD and thick copper boards for power conversion. We also use lots of insulated metal substrate boards.

Most of your work will be collaborating with the electrical design and mechanical engineers, as you make new company products together.

What you will do:

  • Design, setup, and run tests to ensure the design meets specifications.
  • Develop and apply new techniques, circuits and tests for product design. Work within a design team to complete assigned objectives.
  • Troubleshoot circuits from prototypes, development, and customer returns.
  • Apply current techniques and tools to improve cost, design time, reliability, durability, and manufacturability.
  • Independently design dense double-sided or four-layer printed circuit assemblies.
  • Create and maintain libraries in Altium.
  • Incorporate Engineering Change Orders.
  • Thorough application of mixed technologies PCB, surface-mount and through-hole.
  • Prepare fabrication and assembly drawings and manage bill of materials.
  • Maintain records and documentation on all designs, tests and analysis.

What you should have:

  • BSEE degree or equivalent, plus 5 years of experience in a relevant technical discipline.
  • Fluency in Altium- library, layout, schematics, revcontrol.
  • Experience with PADS is a plus.
  • SolidWorks knowledge would be a plus, but not preferred.
  • Experience with design of high current motor controllers or equivalent technologies is a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of circuit analysis, simulation and design of experiments.
  • Thorough understanding of PCB fabrication processes, tolerances, IPC standards.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ESD principles and practices.
  • PC literate with experience in MS Office (Access, Excel and Word).
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Accuracy and good organizational skills.


Please note: we will only be considering local candidates for this role.

If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Senior Product Engineer

  • Location: California


Design electronic components and select and qualify components into new electronic products.  Validate the circuit design and test corner cases before production to ensure product reliability using knowledge of Micro-Cap/Spice to simulate circuits for design verification. Use experience with schematic capture and PCB Layout to select the electronic components and placement for the designed circuit. Use knowledge of MOSFETs, JFETS, Diodes, and VLSI technologies to design reliable electronic products and to perform detailed analysis and calculations required in design phase of the electronic product development. May work remotely from home.

* Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, or related field;
* 2 years of experience as Senior Engineer, Engineer II, or related occupation;
* Experience with schematic capture and PCB Layout;
* Knowledge of Micro-Cap/Spice to simulate circuits for design verification;
* Knowledge of MOSFETs, JFETS, Diodes, and VLSI technologies; and
* May work remotely from home.

Worksite: 235 East Airway Blvd., Livermore, CA 94551

Qualified applicants mail resumes only to Curtis Instruments, Inc., Attn. HR/SPE, 235 East Airway Blvd., Livermore, CA 94551

If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Sr. Software Engineer (Embedded)

  • Location: California

Do you want to design software for electric vehicles?

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


What you’ll do:

  • Apply current techniques and tools to improve design time, cost, reliability and functionality of our motor speed controllers.
  • Design, setup and run tests to ensure designs meet specifications.
  • Dubug systems from prototypes.
  • Participate in project reviews.

What you need:

  • BSCS, BSCE, BSEE degree or equivalent; 5-10 years of relevant experience
  • Modern Software knowledge, including Objective Oriented Programming
  • Experience with serial communication protocols such as CAN
  • In-depth experience working with oscilloscopes, emulators, logic analyzers, and embedded debugging tools/techniques
  • Experience in real-time embedded programming using high-level languages, C++ required
  • In-depth knowledge of real-time operating systems, task schedulers, and standard libraries
  • Knowledge of control and feedback systems (strongly preferred)
  • Experience with Source Code versioning tools, i.e. GIT
If this sounds like you, please apply today!

Systems Requirements Engineer

  • Location: California

At Curtis Instruments, we’re looking for a Systems Requirements Engineer to maintain and improve requirements management tools and workflows critical to regulatory and safety requirements.  You will work alongside the project leader to ensure a clear view of traceability progress, completing system verification, and clarifying specifications as questions come up during development.

On the job, you will:

  • Analyze requirements with internal and external stakeholders, tracing their implementation throughout product development and integration
  • Assist design engineers and group leads in specifying features. Work with them to track impact of feature changes.
  • Support system FMEA process & develop DFMEA for recording potential failure modes and planed corrective actions.
  • Set up verification and validation testing
  • Assist in system level verification.
  • Guide 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.

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
  • 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!