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Senior Engineer, Transducer

Date: Jun 11, 2018

Location: Shenzhen, China, CN

Company: HARMAN International


Job Responsibilities

This engineer will work in a collaborative environment to create new products for Harman Professional, primarily with our JBL Professional brand. The engineer will be responsible for specifying and developing loudspeaker transducers, from concept through production.

  • Design transducers for Harman loudspeaker products.
  • Oversee the building of prototype transducers in Harman’s prototype labs.
  • Work closely with ODMs to expand development capabilities and ensure that designs meet Harman guidelines for quality, cost, and performance.
  • Perform driver and system testing to characterize and document transducer performance, including power handling, impedance, transfer function, and frequency/polar response.
  • Collaborate with global engineering teams to integrate internal Harman technology into new products.
  • Modeling and analysis of complete loudspeaker assemblies, including transducers, compression drivers, horns, waveguides, and loudspeaker arrays.
  • Create schedules, milestones, and BOM estimates for transducer development.
  • Contribute to overall loudspeaker system design.
  • Drive creative and innovative solutions to design challenges.
  • Design for manufacturability and understand supplier limitations, tolerances, and costs.
  • Simulate and design passive and powered loudspeaker systems to meet performance and cost requirements.
  • Perform tests and supply data for marketing documentation.
  • Execute and document all functional and performance tests required by Harman/JBL.
  • Test and document all aspects of product and product component performance, including failure modes.
  • Perform and document acoustical, mechanical, and electrical tests as needed.
  • Work with various departments to implement corrective actions when needed.
  • Capture all product design work in document control systems using Harman’s best practices.
  • Support product launch activities with on-site support when needed.
  • Leverage acoustic simulation programs to virtually design and analyze results to incorporate validate new designs and design improvements.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable success in delivering acoustic products to market. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in acoustics, physics, or engineering with a strong curriculum emphasis in acoustics and acoustical engineering.
  • 8+ years experience in the development, validation, and tuning of transducers.
  • A strong fundamental understanding of the physics of loudspeakers and transducers.
  • Proficient in Matlab, COMSOL, ABEC, or related FEA simulation tools.
  • Proficient with Klippel, EASERA, SMAART, or similar FFT-based acoustic analysis tools.
  • Experience in DSP algorithms and programming for audio or video.
  • Thorough understanding of power amplifier and power supply specifications and requirements.
  • Ability to work effectively within a fast-paced, results-oriented, matrix environment.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to make good decisions and follow scientific methods.
  • A strong fundamental understanding of the underlying theory and science relating to electro-acoustic modeling using both traditional matrix calculations and FEA simulations.
  • Professional-level written and elementary oral English skills.


About Us:


HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®,  HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems.  The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $7.0 billion during the last 12 months ended September 30, 2016.  The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.  HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status.  HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (

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