• Contract Avionics Hardware Printed Circuit Board Designer

    Job Locations US-WA-Kent
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  • Overview

    As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will work closely with electrical, mechanical and manufacturing engineers to produce complex Printed Circuit Board layout designs and provide library development and maintenance support for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of PCB/PCBA and box/module/subassembly development activities. Include additional sentences as desired. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


    Develop and release PCB layouts
    Develop and maintain board eCAD design libraries, including part footprints and related information.
    Contribute to PCB/PCBA design reviews by providing DFM/DFA/DFT and similar value added info.
    Contribute to determining feasibility of project goals and objectives related to PCB development.
    Collaborate in defining PCB development process improvements (procedures and checklists).
    Collaborate with PCB design tool assessment and automation.
    Demonstrate a sense of urgency, commitment, and focus on the right priorities in each PCB design.

    Independently determine general approach and provide reliable solutions to technical problems including working through complex issues related to PCB layouts and assemblies.

    Collaborate in defining PCB development process improvements (procedures and checklists). 

    Check the quality of work of other layout resources, including internal and external resources.

    Mentor internal layout resources on PCB layout and Altium best practices. 




    • Demonstrated knowledge and use of PCB best practices for design, manufacturing, and test, including PCB assembly to IPC Class 3 standards.
    • Technical diploma or certification.
    • A minimum of 5 years of experience as a PCB designer.
    • 10,000 hours of experience as a PCB designer on Altium Designer.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and use of PCB “best practices” for both design and manufacturing.
    • Knowledge of IPC PCB fabrication and electronic assembly standards (e.g. IPC-7351B, IPC-2221B).
    • Track record of successful board design product releases demonstrating mastery of:
      • High-speed, impedance controlled stack-up, multi-layer board layout design.
      • DDR4 routing with XSignals
      • Fine pitch BGA routing, including blind – buried vias.
      • Complex analog and digital signal routing.
      • Multi-rail power delivery and high-speed signal integrity constraints.
    • Design constraint management; including trace length matching, spacing rules, etc.
    • Ability to create and maintain symbol / footprint libraries.
    • Excellent attention to detail and strong task ownership, someone who demonstrates pride in all work.
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum


    • College degree in relevant engineering field, or other related discipline.
    • Demonstrated proficiency (2,000+ hours) with Cadence OrCAD.
    • Experience with board design related to safety critical hardware systems compliant with DO-254.
    • Experience working with PCB/PCBA manufacturing vendors.
    • High reliability board design experience; including compliance with DFM, DFA & DFT requirements.
    • Familiarity with Windchill, or related tool, product design management and support.
    • Familiarity with Cadence and Altium schematic capture tools / processes to support board development efforts.


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