Intermediate Hardware Sustainability Engineer

  • Tantalus Systems
  • Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jun 20, 2022

Job Description

About Tantalus Systems (TSX: GRID)

Tantalus is a smart grid technology company that transforms aging one-way grids into future-proofed multi-directional grids that improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of public power and electric cooperative utilities and the communities they serve. Our solutions are purpose-built to allow utilities to restore power quickly after major disruptions, adapt to rapidly shifting consumer expectations and population shifts, innovate new solutions based on the adoption of distributed energy resources and evolve their grid infrastructure at their own pace without needless cost or complexity. All this gives our user community the flexibility they need to get the most value from existing infrastructure investments while planning for future requirements.

Learn more at www.tantalus.com . We are headquartered in Burnaby, BC, Canada with commercial headquarters in Raleigh NC.

This role offers a competitive salary plus variable compensation tied to business unit scale objectives. Tantalus offers full health, dental and vision plans, flexible hours, hybrid/remote work styles and vacation.

Come join us if you're interested in being part of an entrepreneurial team, solving complex technical problems and delivering innovative solutions that will directly impact the electrification of everything and the decarbonization of our society.

Location of Position:

This position will be based in our Burnaby, BC office.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Director of Hardware Development, the Engineer will work closely with a multidisciplinary team of engineers and designers to complete both maintenance of line, product development and research tasks throughout the full product life cycle process for volume manufacturing of wireless endpoint and modem products used within the utility marketplace.

Specifically, this will include responsibilities related to:
  • Sustainability of commercially released product
  • Sourcing and qualifying alternate components through data sheet analysis and test verification
  • Updating schematic and layout with ECO processes
  • Working with the Product Development and Hardware team specifically, to analyze and identify design requirements for minimum viable product and forward looking for complete feature set
  • Ownership of delivery and support of robust hardware in embedded microcontroller systems including RF, analog, mixed signal and high current load control elements
  • Thermal design considerations for heat extraction from product level enclosures housing electronics
  • Rapid prototyping for early design debugging and verification of product requirements
  • Designs which incorporate principles of design for manufacturability and test
  • System integration and commercial release validation activities
  • Interaction with test labs for regulatory compliance as they relate to submissions for wireless, utility and safety regulatory bodies
  • Field RF propagation testing

What you bring:

Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering or Electronical/Electronic Engineering
  • Minimum 5 years of previous work experience (not counting co-op experience) in hardware design roles for embedded microcontroller systems and hardware design including memory, and data conversion elements
  • Design of analog/mixed signal circuitry, and linear and switching power supplies in embedded microcontroller systems
  • Thermal analysis and heat sinking, extracting heat from enclosures housing heat sources
  • Testing of designed or maintained products for compliance or continued compliance to regulatory standards and submission of test reports to regulatory bodies for approval
  • Providing advance insight to firmware developers on the control mechanisms required for performing hardware validation
  • Use of CAD software for schematic capture and PCB layout as well as circuit and system simulation tools
  • Working with manufacturing test engineers to integrate DFM/DFT principles into designs
  • Use of test equipment: oscilloscopes, AC/DC voltage sources, thermal imaging instruments
  • Strong troubleshooting skills, including across multiple OEM platforms
  • Environmental and reliability testing

Desired Experience
  • Experience with safety regulatory bodies as UL and CSA for load control product applications
  • High current switching circuits and their thermal management
  • Knowledge of open standard network communications
  • Altium Designer PCB CAD software
  • Mechanical design tools/viewers. Solidworks/e-Drawings
  • Knowledge of shielding and isolation design where low noise RF circuitry coexists with embedded digital circuitry

Personal Attributes:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail and strong problem-solving skills
  • Have a passion for innovative design, as well as a strong personal commitment to performance and documentation
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently while exercising initiative, flexibility and good judgement
  • A demonstrated ability to scope, schedule and monitor individual deliverables within a team environment
  • Excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills including: teamwork, respect and courtesy