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Hardware Engineer II (Harrodsburg, Kentucky)

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Location: Harrodsburg, Kentucky, United States
Job ID: 43918
Date Posted: Dec 13, 2019
Segment: Smart Life
Business Unit: Hitachi Automotive
Company Name: Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
Profession (Job Category): Engineering
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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General Responsibilities:

Plans and manages activities for multiple projects to ensure goals or objectives are accomplished within a prescribed time frame by performing any combination of all essential duties and responsibilities.


Job Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility of this position is to support the development and production of automotive embedded electronic control unit hardware. The duties include supporting analog and digital circuit design through testing, analysis and simulation. Day-to-day activities would include communicating new, and existing, design information to various departments/companies (domestic and international) on an as needed basis.  This may take the form of preparing presentation material, completing documentation, and attending/leading meetings.  Supporting production also includes aiding/leading root cause analysis activities, outlining/determining testing pass/fail criteria. Supporting development also includes supporting automotive validation through preparing test plans, analyzing product specifications, supporting the testing of prototypes, creating test specifications, and following the development through to production. In addition, the position will be responsible for supporting the root cause analysis of modules returned by the customer during the development stage.


Work under the direction and support of senior staff - work with (HIAMS)AM Design Engineering at the Harrodsburg, KY plant.  Duties to include the following:


  • Prepare and maintain various engineering documents to support production of existing and new products: RPLs, eBOMs, Material Data Sheets (IMDS), Design Notes & Presentations related to failure analysis.
  • Support prototype builds for new & existing products
  • Support validation testing of new & existing products with failure analysis as needed
  • Investigate and implement automation improvements to the test stands and judgment parameters (Condition files).
  • Prepare and present final reports for failure analysis activities to appropriate technicians and engineering personnel.
  • Prepare various hardware and software design documents as necessary.

The candidate will be responsible for working with customer engineers, as necessary, to ensure that program goals are met, schedules are maintained, and problems encountered during the development process are satisfactorily resolved.  The candidate will need to work with other project team members and design engineers, in resolving issues related to the design of the electronic hardware. The candidate may be required to travel a limited extent within the U.S and travel to Japan is a possibility.



The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess a BS or MS in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Understanding of analog and digital hardware systems as applied to automotive control systems.
  • Understanding analysis methods and interpreting the results to convey this information to others.
  • Proficient in setting up and using laboratory test equipment such as multi-meters, scopes, logic analyzer, power analyzer.
  • Conduct investigative circuit analysis using device schematics of products and testing equipment.
  • Critical thinking and dealing with complex problems to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions and conclusions.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills to convey information efficiently and effectively.
  • Experience creating WCA and working with PSPICE
  • Be able to coordinate program activities with team members at remote sites;
  • Embedded H/W design experience for automotive applications;
  • Understanding of, and ability to, program in C or C++ to a limited extent;
  • Familiar with programming in C or C++.
  • Familiar with base2, base10, and base16 conversion.
  • Familiarity with hex editors.
  • Familiarity with CAN, SPI, LIN, UDS, or other communication protocols is a plus.
  • Some minor wire harness and/or loadbox assembly and repair

Additionally, the ability to work independently with minimal direction is required as are strong verbal and written communication skills. Experience with PCs and application software, such as MS Office tools is also required.

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