RF Electrical Engineer
Avidyne is a leading provider of avionics to general and business aviation and consists of a team of aviation enthusiasts uniquely positioned to play a key role in the next generation of personal aviation. Electric, vertical take-off, autonomous, helicopters, airplanes, experimental, you name it, we are working on avionics to make it better.
About the RF Electrical Engineering position
Our Radio Frequency (RF) Electrical Engineers are key members of Avidyne’s Hardware Engineering Team, a multidisciplinary, tight-knit group of engineers and technicians who develop and support Avidyne’s wide array of products and projects. Each member of the team is required to both specialize in their field and cross-train in other disciplines.
The RF Engineer is primarily responsible for the analysis, design, implementation, and test for RF avionics equipment. Routine tasks include feasibility studies, analysis, simulation, circuit design, prototyping, schematic capture, verification, validation, qualification, and lifecycle support.
Secondary responsibilities may include participating in peer design reviews, supporting manufacturing, troubleshooting field issues, and occasional test software development.
Our RF Electrical Engineers' responsibilities include:
- Designing and testing RF equipment for aviation communications, navigation, surveillance, and data-link
- Analyzing, designing, implementing, and testing for frequencies between VHF and 5GHz
- Planning of system architectures including functional partitions, interfaces, and link budgets
- Technology selections and documentation of detailed device specifications
- Writing requirements, specifications, and verification tests of system hardware
- Product launch, manufacturing, and field issue support
- Component engineering, lifecycle support, and continuous product improvement
- Collaborating, as part of a team, to support the technical efforts of other engineers, designers, technicians, and departments
- Applying ethical judgment in developing safety of flight/life critical equipment.
- Ability and willingness to work effectively in a team-oriented environment
- Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills
- Ability to prioritize and handle tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to successfully identify and resolve complex problems
- Ability to maintain a positive outlook with strong and effective communication skills
- Highly proficient with capture software (e.g., Altium, Cadence)
- Highly knowledgeable and demonstrated ability with RF circuit design and simulation
- Demonstrable knowledge and skill with digital, analog, and RF test equipment.
Education & Experience:
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
- Work or project experience designing and testing RF circuits
- Work or significant project experience with the following:
- RF circuit design and simulation
- Designing high linearity power amplifiers
- Designing pulsed high power narrow band power amplifiers
- Serial communication busses (CAN, RS422, RS485, A429, etc.)
- Designing embedded systems that include microprocessors, memory, programmable logic, RF, mixed signal, analog, and general-purpose electrical circuits
- Systems that include switching DC power supplies
- Schematic capture software (Altium, Cadence, etc.).
Other Desirable Experience:
- Master’s degree from ABET accredited program
- Knowledge of aircraft systems and avionics sub-systems
- Prior experience with Altium Designer
- Prior experience with PCB Layout
- Prior experience in the design of high reliability, safety critical equipment (i.e., military, avionics, clinical- medical or similar devices)
- Prior knowledge or experience with environmental testing (i.e., MIL-STD-810 or DO-160)
- Prior experience developing test software in LabView
- Pilot’s license, flight training, or familiarity with general aviation.