SparkMeter Jobs: Hardware Engineer

Join SparkMeter’s hardware team and help increase electricity access for our customers in developing countries. As a Hardware Engineer, you will work with all aspects of new hardware product introduction and sustaining for our line of affordable smart metering systems. As a core member of our team, you’ll play an active and invaluable role as we scale up and refine our hardware development and manufacturing processes.

You’ll focus on these areas:

Hardware product development. Help create metering systems for a range of residential, commercial, and industrial applications. You’ll optimize, improve, develop, and test new PCB sub-assemblies.

  1. You’ll create and review schematics and PCB layouts.
  2. You’ll prototype hardware, including designing and conducting manual and automated tests, and developing firmware.
  3. You’ll conduct pre-screening compliance tests and work with third party test labs on certification/marking through compliance with international standards

Manufacturing support. Help manage and improve manufacturing processes for our hardware. SparkMeter partners with state of the art contract manufacturers and has implemented industry best practices for its board fabrication, assembly, and unit testing procedures. You will learn manufacturing procedures comparable to those implemented by name-brand electronics companies and Tier 1 manufacturers from the ground up in a startup environment.

  1. You’ll manage SparkMeter’s test and quality plans with our manufacturing partners and maintain test fixtures with our test fixture engineer to make sure we hit production goals.
  2. You’ll work with the hardware team to maintain hardware documentation, ensuring that we are able to transfer designs efficiently to contract manufacturers around the world and enabling SparkMeter to deliver the best product at the lowest possible cost to our customers.
  3. You’ll provide general support for manufacturing operations, including reducing assembly and test time, maintaining a manufacturing and returns quality database, identifying second-source components, and more.

Hardware sustaining. Improve the quality and reliability of our metering systems by creating and maintaining a Return to Manufacturer Authorization (RMA) quality database from field deployments, as well as conducting burn-in and life-testing.

We don’t expect you to be an expert on your first day. We’ll provide you with mentorship and guidance, and you’ll learn best practices for hardware engineering and new product introduction. And as SparkMeter grows, this role will too. As you gain experience you will be able to focus on SparkMeter hardware design, manufacturing, technical after-sales service, or another specific practice area — it’s up to you.

SparkMeter was founded to promote opportunity in underrepresented communities.

SparkMeter’s core value is opportunity: the opportunity for underserved communities to achieve great things. That’s why our mission is to increase access to electricity in underserved communities – it is electricity and the services derived from it that unlock and create those opportunities. This value is reflected in our hiring ethos: we believe that the strongest teams have diverse backgrounds. Our approach to hiring has been validated by academic and industry studies that show that workforce diversity improves team and business performance. We encourage applications from members of groups currently underrepresented in engineering.

Requirements & Skills

You’ll be a good fit for this role if you’re an electrical engineer who has:

  • A passion for tinkering and building things. You’ll use your creativity to help us develop new products, and improve our current products for their next versions.
  • A degree in Electrical Engineering, or equivalent experience. This role requires a healthy respect for AC and high voltage. You can get this with an EE degree, but there are other ways to gain this experience.
  • Experience with firmware. Whether it’s from work, academia, or your personal projects, you’ll need to have worked with firmware before, including C/C++ development.
  • Willingness to travel. You’ll travel to visit our contract manufacturers and test labs in the United States and abroad. You’ll be on the road around 3 to 4 workdays a month.
  • Ability to relocate to Washington, D.C. You’ll be based in our Washington, D.C. hardware lab, with the option of occasional remote work.

We’d also like to see (but don’t require) experience with:

  • Product development and/or manufacturing of electronic assemblies;
  • PCB fabrication and electronic assembly;
  • ERP systems (SparkMeter uses RootStock);
  • Lean manufacturing and six sigma processes and methods;
  • Phase gate hardware design process;
  • Plastics, casting, sheet metal forming, etc.;
  • PCB layout (PADS, Eagle, or Altium);
  • Mechanical CAD (SolidWorks);
  • Firmware and serial communication (C/C++, SPI, UART, I2C);
  • PC application programming (Python or Visual Studio)

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience. In addition to base salary, this position is compensated with a generous stock options package.

You can apply using the Hardware Engineer Application Form at https://sparkmeter.typeform.com/to/SkGNXZ.



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