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Principal Engineer – HW Engineering

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Location: Irvine, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000039992


Western Digital®


We deliver the possibilities of data.  YOU define what’s possible.


You are joining a team of highly skilled engineers focused on enterprise solid state drive design in Western Digital. This position is located in Irvine, CA.



  • Experienced, process oriented designer, who has brought multiple designs from requirements through to volume production

  • Analog expertise. Thorough understanding of power circuits and the design of low voltage DC power systems.

  • Experience designing systems with microprocessors and/or FPGAs and various memory types including DDR4 SDRAM

  • Good communication skills are critical. Our teams are spread across the US and the world, so conference call, WebEx, email, IM, and some travel are required.

  • Experience with high speed interfaces 10Gb/s and up. Knowledge of high speed PCB design practices. Experience in signal integrity simulation and analysis.

  • Proficiency with a schematic capture tool and simulation design tools

  • Strong debug skills and proficiency with logic analyzers and digital oscilloscopes

  • A good understanding of board layout fundamentals (including stackup, power/ground planes, impedance control)

  • Solid understanding of the full production process of PCB and assembly

  • Understanding of configuration management, BOM management, and document control

  • Proficiency with SPICE modeling and simulation

  • BSEE with 15 or more years of related experience



  • Proficiency with Cadence Allegro schematic tool

  • Proficiency with Hyperlynx SI and PI or equivalent

  • Experience with PCIe, SATA, and SAS

  • Knowledge of flash memory technology and flash memory controller technology



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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