Principal Electrical Engineer

United States

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We are seeking a talented, motivated, and experienced Principal Electrical Engineer to join iRobot's team

As a member of the Electrical Engineering team, you will be a key contributor chartered with ensuring our electrical designs meet cost targets and schedules.

You will have active participation in a new product development design review with electrical team members and our OEM partners.

You will also work closely with our Bedford and APAC (Asia-Pacific) Operations team in addressing printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) yield issues and resolving single-source component risks. You will lead OEM projects as well as electrical failure analysis of factory and customer units. You will also research/recommend/test and implement cost reduction improvements.

You will leverage your experience as a Principal engineer to provide technical support and mentoring of our junior staff members, enhancing the team's overall knowledge base and capability.

What you Will Do:

  • Plan, manage and support electrical efforts for all iRobot Roomba, Braava and docking stations
  • Hands on qualification of various electronic components, including micro controllers, motor drivers, audio amplifiers, transistors, power supplies, and more.
  • Work with manufacturing teams overseas to understand and support yield issues.
  • Work with teams outside of the electrical team, ie mechanical, software, systems, program management, etc.
  • Actively participate in the EE department with contributions to design reviews, process improvements and training opportunities.
  • Understand system level risk and impact on customer experience with all aspects of a design
  • Troubleshoot design and manufacturing issues
  • Characterization and qualification of components and modules
  • Manage relationship with New Product Introduction (NPI) teams to ensure the future roadmap has lessons learned from sustaining.
  • Lead and participate in multiple source qualification of electronics.
  • Assess and track end of life risks to components in cooperation with component engineering and the supply chain organization.
  • To Be Successful You Will Have:

  • A self-starter, driven, passionate developer who can work independently in a team environment and enjoys the challenges of delivering proven solutions.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with AC/DC electronics
  • Analog, digital, and DC to DC converter experience for microcontroller/embedded applications
  • Experienced with 120/240VAC electronics
  • Experienced with working with brushed AC/DC motors and sensor-ed/sensor- less BLDC motors as well as motor driver controllers
  • Proven ability to create and execute design verification testing (DVT) on circuit designs
  • Knowledge of industry best practices for excellent EMI/ESD performance at minimal cost
  • Ability to make tradeoffs and be decisive when selecting electronic components on designs
  • Proven ability to work on multiple concurrent projects
  • Failure analysis experience
  • Hands-on experience with oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, multi-meters, soldering irons, and other common electrical engineering tools used during PCBA testing and measurement
  • Possess strong communication skills
  • B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering
  • 7+ years of relevant experience
  • Desired Skills and Experience:

  • M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Experienced with high volume customer products being manufactured overseas
  • Experienced with high-speed design
  • Experienced with circuit simulation tools (SPICE, Hyperlynx, etc.)
  • Altium Designer schematic/layout design experience for PCBs
  • PTC Windchill PLM tool experience
  • Familiar with Linux command line
  • Familiar with Python

  • Experienced with robotic systems

  • Willing to travel – occasionally (approximately, 1-2 weeks per year) for factory and customer site visits.
  • Job details


    Principal Electrical Engineer




    United States


    February 06, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 07, 2024

    Job type




    About the employer

    Founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists with the vision of making practical robots a reality, iRobot has sold more than 30 million robots worldwide. The company has developed some of the world's most important robots, and has a rich history steeped in innovation. Its robots have revealed mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Giza, found harmful subsea oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and saved thousands of lives in areas of conflict and crisis around the globe. iRobot inspired the first Micro Rovers used by NASA, changing space travel forever, deployed the first ground robots used by U.S. Forces in conflict, brought the first self-navigating FDA-approved remote presence robots to hospitals and introduced the first practical home robot with Roomba, forging a path for an entirely new category in home cleaning. With more than 30 years of leadership in the robot industry, iRobot remains committed to building robots that provide people with smarter ways to clean and accomplish more in their daily lives.


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