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Firmware Engineer

Poway, CA 92064

Posted: 09/09/2022 Employment Type: Direct Placement Category: Software Engineers Job Number: 95130

Job Description

General Overview

Responsible for the development of embedded software/firmware applications and tools. Assignments also include the maintenance of legacy applications. This may include bug fixes and the addition of new product features and functionality.

Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Normally receives little instruction on day-to-day work, general instructions on new assignments.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be

  • Process driven project execution from initiation through to completion.
  • Providing accurate project requirements, scope, plans and schedules.
  • Product design, analysis, debugging and verification testing in the pursuit of development goals.
  • Successful interaction with Sales & Marketing and Field Service departments, as well as other Engineering teams and customers.
  • Improving the internal processes and technical level of the SW/FW department.
  • Understanding and development of complex algorithms and analysis of data.
  • Direction and guidance of other personnel in the development or testing phases.
  • Provide high-level technical and application support.
  • Mentoring more junior personnel.


Supervisory Responsibilities
  • This position does not supervise other employees.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Project Management - Communicates changes and progress.
  • Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.
  • Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively.
  • Teamwork - Gives and welcomes feedback; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Works with integrity and ethics; Upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Supports organization's goals and values.
  • Judgment - Includes appropriate people in decision-making process.
  • Motivation - Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity - Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Initiative - Seeks increased responsibilities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation - Generates suggestions for improving work.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university in a Computer Science, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Physical Science or related technical field and at least 8 years of directly related experience in embedded software design and development in C; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of applicable database and ERP software; MS Office including PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, Excel, and Word applications.


Other Skills and Abilities
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in embedded software design and development in C.
  • Thorough knowledge of embedded development from low-level board bring-up, processor, and device interfaces through higher-level data structures, algorithms, design patterns and architecture are required for this position.
  • Knowledge of and experience with software engineering best practices including version control, unit tests, code reviews, etc. is required for this position.
  • Knowledge of signal processing and DSP algorithms. Sonar or radar experience is a strong plus.
  • Strong analytical and applied math skills are required. An engineer with a background in the physical sciences is ideal in this position.
  • High level written and verbal communication skills.


Position requires U.S. Person for access to ITAR-Controlled Technical Data. ITAR regulations dictate that information and material pertaining to defense and military related technologies may only be shared with US Persons unless authorization from the Department of State is received or a special exemption is used.

A "U.S. person" can be
  1. A U.S. citizen;
  2. A permanent resident who does not work for a foreign company, a foreign government, or a foreign governmental agency/organization;
  3. A political asylee;
  4. A part of the U.S. government, or
  5. A corporation, business, organization, or group that is incorporated in the United States under U.S. law.


Physical/Mental Demands

The physical/Mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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