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Hardware Engineer Technologist

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Location: Colorado Springs, CO, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000028162


Western Digital®


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The Principal Electrical Engineer will lead the electrical development of storage system enclosures consisting of hard drives, fans, power supplies and printed circuit board assemblies with high-speed communication interfaces.  The engineer will be responsible for the development of PCBAs through the entire design cycle, including writing specifications, performing schematic capture, generating design constraints, overseeing layout, coordinating the build of prototypes, bring up and integration of the prototypes and overseeing design verification.  The candidate will also be responsible for releasing all relevant data into Western Digital’s PLM system and working with manufacturing to resolve any production issues.  During the development process, the engineer will work closely with other organizations within Western Digital, including product management, component engineering, verification engineering and manufacturing engineering, to assure that the PCBA meets all product and regulatory requirements, and can be effectively verified, manufactured and tested.  Additionally, the candidate will conduct design and feature reviews, be accountable for tracking schedules, issues and resolutions, and work with international suppliers and manufacturing locations.



The candidate will possess expertise in high-speed circuit concepts applicable to current generations of PCIe, DDR and SAS/SATA bus architectures.  Must have extensive experience specifying and designing power circuits including DC/DC converters and regulators.  Shall have up to date knowledgeable on networking standards and best practices.  Be proficient at defining and implementing clock distribution circuits.  Has broad knowledge on printed circuit board technologies, including micro-strip and strip-line transmission lines, techniques for reducing signal reflections, low loss materials, plating, etc.  Familiarity with current generations of X86 and ARM processors is a plus.

The candidate will have extensive experience with schematic capture including generating symbols, use of design constraints, and exporting BOMs.  Experience with printed circuit board layout using constraint driven design.  Has extensive experience in power integrity and signal integrity simulations.  Can demonstrate expertise in board level and system level troubleshooting.  Possesses expert understanding of the use of test equipment such as analyzers, high-speed real time scopes, pattern generation and BERT equipment.


The candidate must be well organized and proficient at planning -- including having the ability to decomposing assignments into tasks and estimate the effort level to complete each task.  Be able to foresee problems and take actions to avoid them.  Have good verbal and written communication skills.  Should be able to coordinate and guide the activities of others.  Has experience collaborating with diverse teams to assure that designs meet the requirements of all stakeholders.  Should be quick to takes ownership and willing to work individually and as a member of a team to assure that commitments are met and projects are completed successfully.



  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering

  • 10 years of PCBA development experience in computing, storage or related fields.

  • Expert working knowledge of Cadence Allegro Design Entry Capture.

  • Working knowledge of Allegro PCB Designer, including use of constraints.

  • Expert knowledge of Mentor HyperLynx SI and PI.




Western Digital Corporation is the world’s largest data storage company with a leading portfolio of HGST, SanDisk, G-Technology and WD brands covering flash and disk-based solutions.  Deployed by the largest and most prominent organizations worldwide, Western Digital solutions are everywhere, touching lives and enabling great value from the data they possess. 


Western Digital is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. Western Digital does not unlawfully discriminate and complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following EEO Is The Law poster: Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law.


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