AWE currently have an opening for an Embedded Software/Hardware Design Specialist working with a small team of engineers, on a permanent basis. This role will offer the opportunity to support and develop a range of legacy and bespoke systems covering Linux, Windows, ARM, Arduino, automated test equipment and fault finding at system level and down to component level on PCB’s. The role also includes providing support to our production facilities and maintaining an offline development simulation environment.
As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
- Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
- Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
- Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
- A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
- Life Assurance
- Discounts – access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
- Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
- A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing – more information available on our careers site
You will be required to:
- Contribute as part of a team to take on projects by gathering customer requirements, prototyping solutions in both software and electronic hardware, testing and validation of designs creating written evidence and documentation.
- Provide second line support to production teams on technical queries, suggesting solutions, giving support when appropriate which will contribute to our KPI’s/SLA’s.
- Support and enhance an offline development / simulation environment to enable software and hardware development, testing and fault reproduction for investigations.
- Identify and support opportunities for improving the current X25 RS232 network with a view to upgrade to a robust Ethernet network and designing and implementing ways of loading up comms traffic to simulate real plant scenarios.
- Design and implement new solutions to extend the life of the existing legacy bespoke circuit boards researching modern equivalents to replace obsolescent components.
- Design and implement automated test equipment to replace the manual test process used on the Eurocard based control system, record faults found and highlight common issues.
- To improve and undertake modifications to the Pascal code on an OS9 development platform and compile, optimise and create EPROMS from the binary code produced.
To be considered for this role, you will ideally have demonstrable experience of the following:
- Working on complex or legacy control systems.
- Implementation of innovative ways to utilise new technologies to remove subsystem obsolescence.
- Fault finding and repair of electronic circuit boards to component level.
- Proficiency in fault-finding and problem solving.
- Good familiarity with Microcontrollers such as Arduino, ARM and Raspberry Pi.
- Electronic design skills in schematic capture and PCB layout.
- Programming language skills (C/C++ and python are preferable)
- Knowledge of creating bespoke Linux environments.
- Mentoring and coaching skills.
- Strong communication skills both internal and external customers/suppliers.
You will need to have an HND in a relevant engineering/electronic discipline or proven experience working in a similar environment.
Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.
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