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Electronics Engineer - Southern

Research & Development
Ref: 225 Date Posted: Thursday 26 Jul 2018
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Electronics Engineer

Essex

A global, leading manufacturer of optical and digital precision technology, our client provides innovative solutions for state-of-the-art medical systems. They focus on improving patient care quality every day, by developing and designing world-leading, clinically-advanced, precision technologies and services. Their products enable healthcare professionals, from a broad range of specialties, to ‘peer’ inside the body, using endoscopic procedures, which allows professionals to see more and do more. By focusing on the early detection and minimally invasive treatment of a broad range of diseases, our client’s mutual mission is to improve patient outcomes, minimise discomfort and accelerate the recovery process. Their innovative technologies and services can also optimise workflow and maximise on operational efficiency.

On behalf of our global client, we are looking to recruit an Electronics Engineer on a contract basis located at their Southend-On-Sea facility, working with the Medical Research & Development team within the Research and Development Group designing, developing and introducing new products

 

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of the manufacturing business
  • Electronics design and development of products according to company procedures and regulatory standards
  • Create and maintain product definition information in accordance with company procedures
  • Review, analyse and approve the product design
  • Compile technical documentation required by design control procedures to support the design process
  • Assist with the management of work packages for new product development and product improvement projects
  • Use technical and product knowledge and problem-solving abilities to support other team members and other departments
  • To liaise and co-operate fully with management for the better performance of the department and organisation

 

Other Related Duties:

  • Undertake technical research, including competitor analysis to support design, development and manufacture of products
  • Utilise creative thinking to develop ideas which may lead to Patents or Registered Designs for the company
  • Assist with proposals for new technology introduction and product development
  • Develop detailed designs from initial concept ideas
  • Design for manufacture
  • Produce product cost estimates
  • Undertake or supervise prototype and initial production builds and source components
  • Support the verification, evaluation and validation of product designs
  • Transfer product designs successfully into production
  • Produce, review and update electronic circuits & PCBs and other company design data set up
  • Implement design change control procedure
  • Performing tolerance analysis, product risk analysis, FMEAs, design reviews, value analysis and quality incident investigations
  • Use software analysis tools as appropriate to produce robust designs, for example Matlab & PScice.
  • Provide assistance in producing plans for timescales, costs and resource estimates and monitoring progress against the plans
  • Lead design activities on Electronic Engineering and design tasks
  • Coordinate various project activities within R&D and with other internal departments
  • Deliver project deliverables within planned project & product cost constraints and timescales
  • Assistance to production, manufacturing engineering, quality, regulatory affairs, technical publications, service, business development and sales
  • Contribute to the detection and elimination of all potential product quality or service concerns
  • Participate in Continuous Improvement activities
  • Undertake any assignment or duty as required by business needs
  • Provide assistance to the group

 

Qualifications & Experience:

  • 7 - 10 years experience in the following areas coupled with a proven track record of designs working in the field.
  • Systematic approach to design of mechatronic systems with theoretical and practical understanding of interactions between mechanics, electronics and software with respect to real time control and dynamics
  • Extensive use of model-based design tools that include modelling of plant covering several domains (electrical, mechanical, fluid) using Simscape, resultant simulation in simulink, design of digital controllers to optimally control the plant simulation and realisation of the controller algorithm on 32 bit microcontrollers in hardware and C code using MATLAB/Simulink embedded coders
  • Life safety critical electronics & software design – including hardware redundancy, lock step microcontrollers, watchdog timers, loop back diagnostics, deterministic graceful failure modes.
  • BLDC 3 phase motor control power electronics and interfacing to microcontrollers
  • Microcontrollers – ideally including Microchip dsPIC33, ARM Cortex M3, Texas instruments C2000 32 bit microcontroller with a focus on optimisation for real time closed loop motor control & sensing
  • Hardware Interfacing design – I2C, SPI, UART, USB, Ethernet etc
  • Sensor interfacing & signal conditioning – temperature, flow, pressure, speed, force, torque, vibration etc
  • Mixed digital & analogue circuit design
  • Tolerancing /rating of components – passive and active
  • Microprocessor & interfacing to RAM, ROM, EEPROM, IO, DMA etc (8 & 16 & 32 bit)
  • Component selection
  • Use of hardware design tools (Ideally ORCAD):
  • Schematic capture
  • PCB design
  • PSpice circuit simulator

 

  • Design of electronics PCB to meet needs of EMC, manufacturing & service
  • PCB design - single, double sided, multilayer, through hole and surface mount
  • Working knowledge of industrial/medical standards and impact upon hardware design including IEC60601, EMC, LVD
  • Working knowledge and application of V development cycle including software validation & verification
  • Working knowledge of - Programmable power supplies, Oscilloscopes, Spectrum Analysers, EMC test equipment
  • Solid practical skills - building electronic circuits, wiring, soldering
  • Working closely with external electronics manufactures, component suppliers, EMC, LVD, 60601 test houses
  • Team player being able to work in a multi-disciplined team including electronics, electrical, software, mechanical & manufacturing engineers
  • Full product development lifecycle from concept to manufacturing
  • Real time control system design
  • RTOS based programming – eg freeRTOS, safeRTOS
  • Bare metal C coding without RTOS.
  • Interrupt handlers & schedulers
  • Combination of C and assembler for optimising speed/memory usage
  • C programming - test code to exercise and run up hardware diagnostics
  • Low level interfacing with Windows driver
  • Working with device drivers - I2C, SPI, UART, Ethernet, CAN

 

 

Ideal Skills & Experience:

  • FPGA hardware design (ideally Altera cyclone III) and programming with either VHDL or use of MATLAB HDL coder
  • FPGA IP modules and soft core processors (NIOS II )
  • interfacing with various communication hardware eg CAN, FlexRay
  • Design of ATE – ICT & FT.
  • Knowledge of Industrial/medical regulations & standards and impact on software design - IEC62304
  • Working knowledge and application of risk assessment driven and resultant DFMEA to produce robust & safe electronics.
  • Low level programming – Assembler 8, 16, 32 bit
  • Low level interfacing with Linux drivers

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