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Associate Electrical Engineer

Second Order Effects El Segundo, CA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Company Description:

Second Order Effects (SOE) is a California based engineering firm specializing in custom electronics and end-to-end electronic system design. At SOE, we design and build electric actuators, power electronics, flight control systems, wired and wireless communications systems, antennas, optical sensors, lasers, video cameras, software drivers, and sensors.

Second Order Effects focuses on prototype and first builds of projects ranging from consumer goods to aerospace systems. We produce cross disciplined solutions for some of the world’s hardest problems. Each SOE engineer making significant contributions to a wide variety of projects.

What We’re Looking for:

Second Order Effects seeks a self-starting Associate Electrical Engineer who enjoys full project ownership and design freedom. Our engineers start a project from initial customer concepts, design a system into a clear engagement, and see the design through to implementation.

SOE wants an engineer who is unafraid of exposure to a wide variety of problems and tasks. The solution and execution of SOE projects often need to be learnt and/or invented on the spot. The ideal candidate has a “no holds barred” attitude to problem solving and project execution. SOE wants someone who can work in small teams for large goals and is not intimidated by a big challenge.


  • Co-ordinate scheduling with respect to design work

  • Design, prototype, and build electronic components

  • Schematic capture and PCB Layout

  • Bring up and test boards using standard electronic test equipment

  • Contribute to improvements in Electronic System Design Processes

  • Write embedded firmware for microcontrollers and microprocessors.

  • Design and build wire harnesses

  • Debug electronic components, circuits, and software drivers

Required skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of analog, digital, or mix-signal design fundamentals. Working knowledge and understanding of circuit design with filters, operational amplifiers, integrated circuits, transistors, and digital to analog converters.

  • Experience in a team based design and build project (Ex: Formula SAE, solar house, solar car, cube sat)

  • Custom PCB design experience

  • Programming embedded C on microprocessors.

  • Knowledge and use of standard electronic test equipment (power supplies, oscilloscopes, function generators) for the bring up and troubleshooting of electronics

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with FPGAs and VHDL

  • Experience with mechanical packaging for electronic components, thermal management solutions, and mechanical enclosure fabrication processes

  • Experience and knowledge of PCB fab and assembly processes

  • RF circuit design fundamentals

  • Familiarity with power electronics fundamentals.

Additional Requirements:

  • This is a full-time position for 40 hours a week on-site

  • Office location is 140 Center St, El Segundo CA 90245

  • A lunch is provided by employer 5 days a week as a benefit for employees. Special dietary requirements will be handled on a case by case basis

Second Order Effects

Why Work Here?

Turning ideas into reality by deliberately solving hard engineering problems.

Second Order Effects (SOE) is a California based engineering firm specializing in custom electronics. We tackle a wide range of projects in the aerospace, automotive, industrial, and commercial sectors. SOE designs and builds electric motor drivers, power electronics, flight control systems, wireless communication devices, antennas, optical and rf sensors, video cameras, and embedded computers. Our designs have gone into self-driving cars, satellites, automated factories, rocket engines, and household consumer electronics. Second Order Effects focuses on the design elements that reduce development risk for our customers. SOE will design and prototype the first generation builds of a new electronics product. Our customers receive working hardware and concrete analysis that unblocks development cycles.


140 Center Street El Segundo, California 90245
El Segundo, CA