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Drive & Motor Control Systems Engineer

San Diego, CaliforniaPEAK Technical Staffing USA

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help define requirements for motor control software and interfacing hardware components including voltage and current sensors and speed sensors.
  • Design, model, implement, test and benchmark the motor controls of motor drives.
  • Adopts, conceptualizes and synthesizes requirements for functions and algorithms for power electronics & motor control strategies new and existing products and embedded software for Induction and PM motors for robust variable speed drives in harsh environments such as marine, mining and other applications.
  • Coordinates with internal and external customers to understand and create system and subsystem specifications/requirements in control systems.
  • Understands and performs as needed, coding at system/subsystem level in C/C++ or assembly language for micro controllers/digital signal processors and FPGA/CPLD  in controllers.
  • Responsible for verification of requirements by analysis and modeling of control systems using simulation tools like Matlab/Simulink and documenting by publishing reports.
  • Responsible for verification of requirements by leading testing and validation of drive and motor control systems  for low and medium voltage induction and permanent magnet synchronous motors using software tools including emulators, debuggers, hardware in the loop and simulations.
  • Provides system engineering leadership or individual subject matter expert contribution for software and controls tasks and projects by optimizing simultaneous system performance goals through requirements flow down and documenting them in verification cross reference matrix.
  • Effectively integrates all aspects of control systems into the drives or motor system in a stage-gate development process of product development starting from project plans and white papers.
  • Diagnoses and corrects deficiencies in designs and prototypes by performing  fault diagnostics and fault management; leads root cause investigation efforts and determines short and long term corrective actions and solutions.
  • Works closely with team members as needed to ensure final product has compatible software, hardware which functions properly together and performs per product specifications.
  • Performs training on assigned subjects to meet assigned due dates.
  • Effectively provides periodic technical reports to management as required and counsels, mentors and transfers highly specialized technical engineering knowledge to professional and support staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or needed.
  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.
  • We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.


  • Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; twelve or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, ten or more years of experience with a masters degree, or seven or more years with a PhD.
  • May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
  • Demonstrates a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.
  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills to effectively interface with other departments, customers, government representatives, and/or professionals; the capability of representing the organization as a prime technical contact; and, the ability to provide leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.
  • Must be customer focused and able to work on a self- initiated basis or in a team environment and able to work extended hours and travel as required.
  • A Professional Engineering License, original work(s) published in professional engineering journals, invited to present one or more original works to an engineering symposium, and invited and/or participated on an engineering review panel are desirable.

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