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Jacobs Electronics Design Engineer - Embedded Motor Control Systems in Houston, Texas

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We are looking for an Electronics Design Engineer - Embedded Motor Control Systems to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

The selected candidate will:

  • Report directly to the Electronics and Electrical Systems Design Section Manager as part of group of over 50 other Electronics and Electrical Engineers.

  • Work directly with NASA Johnson Space Center and the Robotic Systems Technology Branch in designing the next generation of embedded motor control systems.

  • Contribute directly to the design of the next generation NASA robotic and exploration vehicle platforms with an emphasis on creating new, integrated electrical system designs for embedded sensor-based motor controls, high power motor drive systems, battery and power distribution systems, and electromechanical power conversion for high performance robot actuation

  • Support new designs from conception, analysis, and manufacturing, through to operational test and deployment.

  • Provide design support and guidance in various aspects of Electronics System Development.

  • Be familiar with NASA specifications for Electronics Component development.

  • Develop component test stand architectures for various components.

  • Design and generate electrical component and lab instrumentation test system designs.

  • Develop and or modify LabVIEW code for various test systems.

  • Develop detailed test verification procedures.

  • Work with electrical and mechanical technicians to build and test designed systems.

  • Develop and test various breakout boxes and digital/analog sensor emulation systems.

  • Perform electrical evaluation/selection of instrumentation (pressure transducers, flow meters, pumps, fans, RTDs, Thermocouples, etc.).

  • Troubleshoot and repair existing test systems.

  • Conduct analog and digital printed circuit board design for various application needs.

  • Develop test software modules to perform specific tests.

  • Work with eCAD designer to develop printed circuit board designs.

  • Work in a laboratory environment, following standard operating procedures.

  • Perform other tasks assigned.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Desired Education/Experience/Skills:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience.

  • Prior experience with electrical schematic entry and printed circuit board layout tools such as Altium Designer.

  • Prior experience with FPGA circuitry design and coding in associated VHDL development environments.

  • Experience with hardware and VHDL-based development for motor control systems (includes brushless DC or BLDC and stepper motors).

  • Experience with DC electromechanical power conversion (high power, high performance actuation, electric motors, and motor drive electronics, etc.).

Requisition Preferences:

  • Experience with motor controller design, selection and integration with associated mechanisms.

  • Experience with sensor fusion and fault tolerant control design for robotic actuators.

  • Understanding of classical and modern control theory.

  • Prior experience with Robotic Operating System (ROS).

  • Experience with test hardware such as oscilloscopes, multi-meters, logic analyzers, function generators, electronic load banks, power supplies, power analyzers.

  • Prior experience with microcontroller circuitry design and associated embedded software development environments.

  • Hands on experience in the design, build, and test of embedded motor control systems.

  • Prior experience with circuit simulation tools such as Pspice, OrCAD, Multisim etc.

  • Experience with flex printed circuit board design.Prior experience with data acquisition systems (especially National Instruments) and LabVIEW code development.

  • Familiarity with data interface protocols and associated hardware such as Ethernet, RS232, RS422, RS485, I2C, SPI etc.

  • A successful track record of fielding custom electrical systems in an operational setting.

  • Familiarity with the Linux operating system and programming in C/C++ and Python.

  • Experience in the hardware design of embedded systems (microcontrollers, FPGAs, sensor interfaces, I2C/SPI buses, UARTS, etc.)

  • Experience with test hardware such as oscilloscopes, multi-meters, logic analyzers, function generators, electronic load banks, power supplies, power analyzers.

  • Prior experience in design and test of analog instrumentation systems.

  • Project based experience designing, building, testing, and troubleshooting power distribution electronics, battery systems, and other electrical hardware (requirements definition; system modeling and simulation; circuit analysis; PCB design, fabrication, and assembly; harness design and fabrication; requirements verification).

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers designing and building world-class, NASA space-flight hardware.

  • Prior experience in design and test of power supply and conditioning systems.

  • Proficient in MS Office programs, particularly MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, OneNote and Outlook.

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills and the ability to work in a team environment.

Why Work on Our Team?

Click on the below links to view just a small sample of all that we do! Come join our team and be part of our future. We look forward to seeing you!

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In addition to exciting career opportunities we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth

  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Administration has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements.

Other Essential Functions

P rofessional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

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