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Electrical Design and Test Engineer

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
September 30, 2022

Electrical Design and Test Engineer
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact hr@draper.com.


The Contested Environment Test Solutions group is seeking a multi-talented electrical design and test engineer. This opportunity offers participation in cutting edge technologies for a variety of applications including space exploration, satellites, defense, and aviation. The ideal candidate will have 15+ years of experience.

This engineer will support and lead test programs for a variety of specimens ranging from electronics (ASICs, MEMs, fiber optics, etc.) to inertial navigation sensors (accelerometer and gyroscope), and higher level integrated systems for specialized and unique applications within contested environments, such as radiation or GPS-denied environments.

The candidate will be expected to work effectively both independently and with cross-functional, multi-site teams.


Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor or Master of Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field experience, with a minimum of 15 years of experience. Required skills include:

    Expert with commercial test instrumentation including data acquisition modules, PCI/PXI instrumentation, real-time embedded controllers and communication devices, LabVIEW, diagnostics and troubleshooting
  • Experienced with laboratory work such as control systems, electronics, and programmable logic controllers including standard test and measurement hardware (power supplies, meters, etc.)
  • Electrical design skills including schematic capture, PCB layout, and SPICE simulation with tools such as KiCad
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with test plans and results through technical report writing and presentations
  • Ability to work with program managers, customers, and government representatives to define needs/requirements, write proposals, and lead technical teams.
  • Ability to participate in some travel to off-site locations will be required, less than 15%, typically less than one week in duration

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in radiation/nuclear physics/Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) with an understanding of the underlying mechanisms of radiation interactions with materials and devices (e.g. spacecraft, satellites)
  • Experience in design for harsh physical and electromagnetic environments as embodied in military standards such as MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-810, etc.
  • Knowledge of radioisotopes and experience with national laboratories, universities, or companies with radiation testing capable sites

Security Requirement:

- Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.


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