Curtis Instruments, Inc.

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Title   Department
Control Systems Engineer Engineering
Power Electronics Engineer Engineering
Product Engineer Engineering
Project Lead Engineering
Regulatory Engineer Engineering
Software Engineer Engineering
Supply Chain Analyst Engineering
Quality Services Manager Quality Assurance/Sourcing

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!

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.

For this position we are specifically looking for an engineer that has the relevant experience to design the 400V power converter. Mainly focusing on the power switches (likely using 600V IGBT modules), filter capacitors, liquid cooling, gate drives, etc.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MSEE or Ph.D. and ten plus years of design experience in power electronics or related discipline.
  • 200V-600V design experience.
  • Please do not apply if you have no industry experience. Research experience is great, but does not take the place of industry experience. Thank you.
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 Engineer

  • 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!

Quality Services Manager

  • Location: California

At Curtis Instruments, we are looking for a Quality Services Manager to manage a multi-disciplinary team, driving quality throughout the Engineering Process.

You will...

  • Manage a multi-disciplinary team to drive engineering development quality
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Management team to support high standards of new product development and current product sustaining
  • Work closely with Engineering Design, including attending Design Reviews to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Collaborate on sourcing and manufacturability standards
  • Oversee Failure Analysis and manage the feedback loop with design teams
  • Supervise the Regulatory Engineering function for regulatory standards across new and existing products
  • Supervise EMC/EMI standards
  • Manage Validation/Verification Engineers for Hardware & Software development
  • Advise on improvements to engineering checklists, document control, ECNs, and other internal quality processes

    You're likely to be successful if you bring to the table...
  • A Degree in Electrical, Mechanical or another Engineering Field
  • 10+ Years in an Engineering or Quality Support Function
  • 10+ Years in an Electronics/Manufacturing Environment
  • Experience Managing Teams of 5-20 multi-disciplinary individuals
  • Excellent Trouble-Shooting Skills
If this sounds like you, please apply today!