Thales Defense & Security, Inc.

  • Electrical Engineer

    Location US-IL-Aurora
    Posted Date 6 days ago(11/15/2018 8:34 AM)
    Job ID
    Engineering - Electrical or Hardware Engineer (electronics or digital or analog)
    Experience (Years)
    Minimum Degree
  • Overview

    Thales Defense & Security, Inc. is a global company serving the defense, federal, and commercial markets with innovative solutions for the ground tactical, airborne and avionics, naval/maritime, and public safety and security domains. In addition to mission-critical communication systems, the company provides helmet-mounted displays and motion tracking technologies; SATCOM terminals; advanced sonar systems; air traffic management navigation, surveillance, and simulation; and data protection solutions. Furthermore, the company serves as a gateway for technology, leveraging Thales-wide solutions—such as combat management systems; naval, airborne, and ground ISR; and electronic warfare—to address U.S. requirements. 


    We currently have an opening in our Aurora, IL office for an Electrical Engineer.  This position will be responsible for performing hardware design and support tasks primarily for our helmet-mounted display product line, with the potential for some motion tracking product line interfacing.  This position reports to the Manager of Hardware & Systems Engineering.


    • Key member of interdisciplinary technical teams to design, integrate, test, and verify electronic hardware designs satisfy the needs of customer projects and product developments
    • Generate hardware requirements from system/configuration item requirements to define the scope of each hardware design and its verification method/plan.
    • Design embedded electronic controls and processing modules for 1) digital display technology utilizing a range of video format inputs (NTSC/PAL, Composite Video, SMPTE, HDMI, etc.) to drive our helmet mounted display units and 2) interfacing to analog/digital sensors, master/flight/mission control computers, and motion tracking units.
    • Integrate and test designs using a range of laboratory equipment including: hi-speed oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and power supply analyzers.
    • Generate thorough documentation and contribute to design reviews supporting and defending design decisions.
    • Critically assess technical risks and suggest mitigation plans and activities on development projects.
    • Directly interface with customer technical staff during design and integration to support successful fielding of equipment.
    • Demonstrate support for company values and vision and embrace TDSI Core Values.
    • Maintain a high ethical standard of practice, including compliance with all company procedures.


    • Candidate MUST be a U.S. citizen.  The selected applicant will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
    • B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  Advanced degree a plus.
    • 2-8+ years in embedded electronics hardware design.
    • Aerospace/defense OEM experience strongly desired.
    • Experience with some or all of the following circuitry classes:  analog sensing, digital interfaces and communication, video signaling, CPU/microcontroller, FPGA, DC/DC power supply topologies, design for EMC.
    • Experience with some or all of the following circuit and hardware simulation and analysis tools including: PSpice, Matlab/Simulink, HDL simulation.
    • Experience with rigorous qualification requirements to standards such as: MIL-STD-461 (EMI), MIL-STD-810 (environmental), and DO-160.
    • Altium Designer experience a plus.  Other tools such as Cadence OrCAD/Allegro, Mentor Graphics/DXDesigner acceptable.
    • Experience with formal Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) process and tools.
    • Experience in a formalized design and development environment utilizing a quality management system based upon AS9100, CMMI, or ISO9000.
    • Autonomous, self-starter who completes tasks with minimal supervision and technical direction.
    • Effective oral and written communication skills to accurately and concisely defend and describe designs and technical rationale.
    • Ability to work in a team environment and interact with employees in all departments and functions including Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering.
    • Some travel is expected, 4-6 trips per year, approximately one work week (5 days) in duration, can be international.

    Thales champions inclusion and we believe diversity strengthens the fabric of our culture. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled. Thales is an E-Verify employer.


    Thales is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age or any other characteristic protected by law.


    If you need an accommodation or assistance in order to apply for a position with Thales, please call Human Resources at 240-864-7549.

    Take action with this job

    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed