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Embedded Software Designer

Waterdown, Ontario

Job ID 11662
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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 50,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

9/80 work schedule available for most U.S. and Canada employees

Software Designer


Waterdown, Ontario


As a subsidiary of L3Harris Technologies and within the Integrated Mission Systems Segment, the WESCAM division develops the most advanced optical sensor and targeting systems for global defense and military sectors, National Security, Search & Rescue and Airborne law enforcement agencies. From long-range covert surveillance missions to search and rescue operations, our MX-series systems, and the mission systems solutions they are a part of, produce stabilized high-magnification electro-optical and infrared images from airborne, marine and ground based platforms, enabling our customers to see first and act first.

About the Role

Our software teams work directly with our optics and hardware teams – developing code that manages all of our systems controllers and actuators, telephoto lenses or targeting & tracking systems - and in particular, code that allows those captured images to be defined and managed. We develop advanced real time software for various applications and processors, including new payloads like complex imagers, laser illuminators & targeting designators, range finders and trackers. We develop the embedded controls and user interfaces for complex electro-mechanical systems including remote I/O subsystems, custom lens controllers, and advanced video processing features. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Under the guidance of Senior Software Engineers and Designers, be a part of the software build and code development process for complex electro-optical surveillance systems
  • In collaboration with Design and R&D, help develop software code for the control of new sensor payloads
  • Provide support to Engineering, Manufacturing and Customer Support teams to solve software issues
  • Participate in the estimation and planning of new products and features
  • Participate as a software team member within an Agile development process
  • Participate in continuous department improvement processes

Required Capabilities

  • Proven experience developing with embedded C and C++ for real-time systems 
  • Practical knowledge of software engineering obtained through advanced education and experience
  • Strong technical and analytic skills
  • Ability to understand the operation and design of complex electro-optical systems
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to learn and grow within a fast paced environment
  • Experience with real time operating systems and Embedded Linux
  • Understanding of embedded communications standards such as I2C, SPI, CAN, Serial, Ethernet
  • Familiarity with Windows and Linux
  • Experience with Python and various scripting languages
  • Experience with version control software (i.e. Git)

Desired Education and Experiences 

  • Requires practical knowledge of job area.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 2 years of prior related experience. Or
  • Graduate Degree or equivalent with 0 to 2 years of prior related experience. Or
  • In lieu of a degree, minimum of 6 years of prior related experience
  • Familiarity with electro-mechanical and optical sensors or lasers
  • Familiarity with control loop theory and practical experience
  • Familiarity with machine vision or image processing

L3Harris performs background checks prior to employment as all applicants must be eligible for registration with the Controlled Goods Program and obtain and maintain a positive security assessment. Some positions may require a government of Canada “Reliability” status and/or Level 2 (Secret) security clearance. In addition, L3Harris performs pre-employment substance abuse testing where required.

At L3Harris, we foster an inclusive, equitable and diverse workplace. 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. For applicants with disabilities, we will provide you with accommodation so that you have what you need in order to be at your best.

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