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Lead Electrical Engineer

Santa Rosa, California

Job ID IMS20221102-77006
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On the L3Harris team, your job is to secure the world. We don’t work here just for the advanced technology and equipment: We work here because we know what – and who – we’re protecting. From families to the intelligence community, and from our climate to our men and women in uniform – we’re making the world a safer place. Working in Software with L3Harris you'll join our team of qualified, diverse individuals and work in a fast-paced environment with high expectations, global scope, and a collaborative team setting.

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I love my job because every day there’s a new problem to tackle, a new skill to learn and an awesome team that has my back.

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L3Harris Work Perks

  • Health

    • Medical with a High Deductible and traditional PPO plan options, as well as, vision and a full array of supplemental health benefits
    • A doctors' service to help with referrals and second opinions for you, your family, and parents

  • Family

    • 4 weeks of paid parental leave for moms and dads
    • Fertility treatment
    • Subsidized backup childcare and eldercare
    • Adoption assistance - $5,000 per adoption/$15,000 per employee
    • Pet insurance

  • Well-Being

    • No cap to your PTO time (for exempt employees)
    • Dress for your day - wear what works for you at work
    • Legal plan for you, your family, and parents
    • Discount platform
    • 9/80 work schedule available for most U.S. employees, effective October 24, 2022.

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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Lead Electrical Engineer

Job Code: IMS20221102-77006

Job Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Electrical Engineer

L3Harris Sonoma EO, located in Santa Rosa, CA is looking for an experienced an electronics design engineer to develop complex circuits for the control of airborne imaging systems and the processing of video signals.

About Sonoma EO

L3Harris Sonoma EO, is an established pioneer in military/defense infrared technology. A leader in high technology and engineering services, L3Harris Sonoma EO is world renowned for its expertise in the areas of Electro Optical / Infrared (EO/IR) stabilized imaging systems. As a first-rank engineering and production company, L3Harris Sonoma EO is engaged in the design, development, and manufacture of highly-sophisticated electronics equipment that is used in a variety of product areas for government, civil and commercial applications. We offer competitive benefits, an alternative 9/80 work schedule, and the opportunity to work with a talented and diverse group of professionals.

The Lead Electrical Engineer will:

  • Design, develop, modify and analyze complex electronic hardware and/or systems
  • Conduct independent technical investigations to improve system performance or solve difficult system issues
  • Work with other functional areas to develop requirements, specifications, & test plans
  • Recommend design approaches to meet requirements on new or existing products
  • Work with procurement and suppliers to build prototype circuit boards
  • Perform unit testing of hardware products
  • Coordinate with other functional engineers to develop, test, and integrate systems
  • Diagnose complex faults in existing systems and recommend design changes to improve performance
  • Follow internal process to ensure conformance to established policies and procedures
  • Provide timely production support and problem resolution
  • Produce timely status reports
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects to specification and budget requirements


Technical Acumen – Demonstrated through successful product development experience involving complex electronic system development. Able to show a history of complex design realization utilizing Analog, FPGA, CPU, GPU, and DSP technologies. Able to show solution development spanning architecture, development and testing.

Requirements Development – A demonstrated background in interpretation of system requirements to generate electronic subsystem requirements and specifications.

Creative Solutions – Direct contribution to technical solutions that integrate multiple disciplines or technologies into systems that provide unique and differentiated capability; requires understanding of current and proposed technologies, as well as the interplay between technologies and engineering design.

Test & Verification – Can articulate what and how key system performance parameters should be tested, can outline and write verification test plans, can perform testing and analyze results.

Basic Education Requirements:

  • Education – B.S. Degree in an electronics-related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience. M.S. Degree preferred.
  • Experience – 15 years of related experience with B.S. Degree; 10 years with M.S. Degree.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High level of expertise in at least 3 of the following areas and basic capability in the other areas:Strong mechanical, mathematical, & geo-spatial comprehension skills
    • Required: Significant knowledge of circuit design, schematic capture and PCB (printed circuit board) layout using ECAD tools (Altium preferred)
    • Experience analyzing and designing digital circuits that incorporate FPGAs, CPU’s, GPU’s, and DSPs
    • Experience in Analog design such as: Motor drivers, power circuits, EMC/EMI noise reduction, motion control methods
    • Experience in simulation and analysis of designs.
    • Knowledge of general electronics, digital design, analog control, power distribution, signal integrity, data and video communications
    • Understanding of EMI/RFI and respective troubleshooting and design corrections/mitigations.
    • Understanding of the hardware development process, documentation, quality assurance, board turn-on and debug integration testing
    • Experience with VHDL
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Excellent organization and multi-tasking abilities with the ability to resolve conflicting priorities
  • Must be able to communicate clearly (written and verbal) to technical and non-technical personnel
  • Ability to effectively plan and organize projects and manage priorities
  • Acute attention to detail and deadlines
  • US Citizenship with the ability to obtain a clearance is required
  • Pre-employment drug screening and background checks are standard

ADA Requirements:

  • Some repetitive motion activities
  • Visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information
  • Able to use a computer/keyboard for extended periods of time
  • Able to use office, test equipment & computers/peripherals in an office/lab environment
  • May be required to lift up to 25 lbs, with assistance
  • Fast paced, schedule-driven environment
  • Willing and able to work extended hours when necessary

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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