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Principal Engineer, Hardware/Electrical

Novi, Michigan Job ID: R-8494-2021

HARMAN’s engineers and designers are creative, purposeful and agile. As part of this team, you’ll combine your technical expertise with innovative ideas to help drive cutting-edge solutions in the car, enterprise and connected ecosystem. Every day, you will push the boundaries of creative design, and HARMAN is committed to providing you with the opportunities, innovative technologies and resources to build a successful career.

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A Career at HARMAN

As a technology leader that is rapidly on the move, HARMAN is filled with people who are focused on making life better. Innovation, inclusivity and teamwork are a part of our DNA. When you add that to the challenges we take on and solve together, you’ll discover that at HARMAN you can grow, make a difference and be proud of the work you do every day.

About the Role

This position is responsible for hardware/ electrical design for automotive products (infotainment systems, displays, audio unit, ADAS application, etc.).  Responsible for leading the review and analysis of system requirements, executing, and evaluating designs, performing circuit analysis, overseeing PCB layout, supporting DV/PV testing, and leading complex engineering projects through the full product development lifecycle to meet the customer requirement. Demonstrate the ability to plan, define, and execute the hardware development for automotive electronic products with no supervision.

What You Will Do

·Lead the hardware/electrical design for the project to achieve project and product development in time and quality through the whole product life cycle.

·Responsible for realization of system designs, schematics, and/or schematics integration of hardware applications in the range of medium to high complexity under consideration of Harman guidelines.

·Analyze customer requirements and determine appropriate circuit implementations.

·Work with PCB layout engineer to implement optimized PCB layouts with compliance to EMC & manufacturing design rules while meeting the customer and mechanical packaging requirements.

·Design, simulate and verify the electrical circuits and determine the performance characteristics using SPICE, Hyperlynx, ANSYS, and/or other engineering CAE analysis tools.

·Plan and implement HW verification during product development, to ensure the electrical design meets specifications and requirements, by recording and analyzing test data.

·Manage and release the electrical BOMs using Harman configuration management processes and systems.

·Support failure analysis, investigation, and resolve of EMC issues in EMC/EMI compliance testing;

·Support the development and review of the environmental and EMC hardware validation test plans with the validation engineers;

·Support the manufacturing team related to DFM and test reviews and technical build issues.

·Lead electronic design reviews both with the internal cross-functional team and customer reviews.

·Support the development and review of DFMEAs.

·Mentor & guide young engineering talent with technical expertise.

·Follow current hardware development process and also contribute to process improvement.

·Support departmental initiatives and activities as directed by the department supervisor

What You Need

·Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline. A Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering is preferred.

·10+ years of experience in the field of automotive electronics engineering.

·Hands-on experience with electrical schematic and PCB layout realization tools, such as Mentor Graphics, OrCAD, Cadence, Zuken, or similar.

·Familiarity with electrical simulation tools is preferred, such as ANSYS signal integrity and power integrity, SPICE, or similar.

·Familiarity with infotainment-related technologies is preferred, such as high-speed SOCs, DRAM, flash, microcontrollers, CAN, Ethernet, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, LVDS video, cell modems, radio tuners, USB, audio amplifiers, displays, and linear and switching power supplies.

·Familiarity with Class AB, Class D amplifier output topologies is preferred.

·Knowledge of Automotive EMC requirements is preferred, such as CISPR -25, FCC part 15, or ISO 11451.

·Knowledgeable of the use of electrical test equipment including oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, and multimeters.

·Ability to troubleshoot issues with electronic circuits and determine corrective actions

·Ability to analyze and optimize circuits and designs for cost.

·Demonstrated self-starter with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced global automotive design and manufacturing environment.

·Demonstrates the ability to transition from theoretical to implementation-based thinking.  Very strong analytical skills and detail-oriented. 

·Strong communication skills, with good knowledge of spoken and written English.

What Makes You Eligible

·Be willing to travel up to 10%

·Be willing to work in the Novi, MI office

·Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment

What We Offer

·Access to employee discounts on world-class HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG, etc.)

·Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies

·Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work-life integration and collaboration in a global environment

·An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development

·Tuition Reimbursement

·“Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program

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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. (


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  1. Engineer

    An entry level role, the degreed Engineer knows and applies basic concepts and techniques of the profession under direct supervision and guidance. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree

  2. Senior Engineer

    A Senior Engineer provides a wider variety of technical support tasks using a combination of advanced engineering principles and techniques. They operate with little guidance/supervision as Subject Matter Experts (SME) in their defined area of specialization. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + 5 years’ experience.

  3. Principal Engineer

    Principal Engineers are recognized as an emerging expert. They lead the conceptualization, design, implementation and testing of technologies, tools, or process while consistently demonstrating technical expertise and ingenuity. They demonstrate the ability to plan, define, and execute projects with no supervision. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 12 years’ experience.

  4. Senior Principal Engineer

    Recognized as a technical expert, Senior Principal Engineers consistently demonstrate high levels of technical expertise, ingenuity and creativity. They develop and apply advanced technologies, engineering principles, theories and concepts, and have broad knowledge about the design and operation of systems outside of their specialty. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 16 years’ experience.

  5. Distinguished Engineer

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  6. Fellow

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  7. Senior Fellow

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