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Lead Electrical Engineer

Second Order Effects El Segundo, CA
  • Posted: 16 days ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Dental

What we’re looking for:

Second Order Effects seeks a self-starting Lead 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. The Lead Electrical Engineer will be responsible for ensuring project delivery by bridging communication between engineering, the customer, and other non-technical departments. . The solution and execution of SOE projects often need to be learned and/or invented on the spot. The ideal candidate is unafraid of exposure to a wide variety of problems and tasks, and has a tenacious attitude to problem solving and project execution. This is someone who can work in small teams for large goals and is not intimidated by a big challenge.


  • Lead hardware development for multiple projects by driving customer satisfaction, maintaining quality of technical work product, and meeting project requirements
  • Coordinate all activities within the project team for project delivery
  • Carry out detailed design, sizing, and calculations, and verify and check the design done by others
  • Be the primary point of contact for the customer and accurately communicate progress, risks, and company capabilities
  • Develop, propose, and implement technical infrastructure including but not limited to version control, quality controls, etc
  • Assist business development with project scoping and writing statements of work
  • Prepare regular reports to communicate project performance to other members on the team

Required Skills and Experience:

University Degree (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Math, related field)

4+ years of industry experience

Working knowledge of electrical architecture, specification, component selection, circuit board design, implementation, verification, board bring up, and debug

Demonstrated lifelong passion for engineering and technology

Preferred Skills:

  • Analog small-signal circuit design: filters, op-amp circuits, signal conditioning
  • Analog power electronics design: regulators, load drivers, supply filters, protection circuitry
  • C, C++, Python, Mathlab for data parsing and signal analysis
  • Verilog or VHDL to implement digital logic in FPGAs
  • Using standard communication protocols in an embedded context (CAN, USB, SPI, I2C, RS-232, Ethernet, etc)
  • Working knowledge of embedded systems: microcontrollers, ADCs and DACs, common communication interfaces like UART, SPI and I2C.
  • Schematic capture and PCB layout experience, preferably using Altium Designer
  • Git and SVN for revision control
  • Working knowledge of either audio, RF, electromechanical, or optical systems

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicant must be willing to work 40 hours a week onsite in El Segundo, CA
  • Applicant must be eligible to work on ITAR projects.
  • Job Type: Full-time

ITAR Requirements:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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.


El Segundo, CA

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