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Electrical Engineer/Firmware Designer

Sherpa Design
Full-time
On-site
Portland, Oregon, United States

Sherpa Design is a team of mechanical and electrical engineers, designers, machinists, and additive manufacturing experts who thrive on pushing the envelope and equipping others to do the same. Since 2001, our platform of capabilities has grown from our core expertise of product engineering to include additive manufacturing, precision machining, NX training, and Teamcenter solutions.

At this time, we are looking for an Electrical Engineer/Software Designer to join us. In this role, you’ll work with several of the best-known Fortune 100 companies on innovative technologies and products.

What We Offer

At Sherpa, you’ll discover:

We hire amazingly capable people. Everyone here brings impressive technical expertise – that’s a given in consulting. Beyond that, we share a way of thinking expansively and supporting each other. It makes work exciting and enjoyable.

We keep bureaucracy in check. One of our values is act with agility. We have designed our internal systems so that you spend your energy on the work that most lights your fire. No micromanaging, no cumbersome approval processes, just clear shared goals.

Our exposure builds experience. Because we work with so many innovative companies across industries, you can reach the equivalent of 5+ years in-house experience in just 2 years.

About this Role

As an Electrical Engineer / SW Designer your focus will be collaborating with our team of Internal EE’s developing next generation solutions for the AR/VR, consumer products, Defense, and many other industries.   


You’ll be involved with and leading:

Integrating electronic modules to create rapid designs

Interfacing with and interpreting a variety of sensor packages

Developing board layouts

Developing automated test and validation equipment

Data acquisition including optical benches

Soldering and electrical assemblies 


The work is varied and rarely the same here at Sherpa.  We anticipate more responsibility and advanced duties as you progress within our team.  This position requires you to be in our facility with the lab equipment and fellow colleagues.


Basic Qualifications

Schematics and PCB development

Familiar with designing and building test bench systems for sensor and electronics modules

Strong programming skills (preferably Python and C/C++)

Able to write test system software

Experience designing test fixtures

Enjoy soldering, board assembly, and rework

Possess great troubleshooting skills


Technical Competencies and daily duties

Able to communicate effectively regarding technical topics via conference calls, online meetings, and email communications with our customers

Able to use electrical test and measurement tools effectively (Oscilloscopes scopes, multimeters, signal generators, etc.)

Able to prioritize work and tasks to meet schedule deadlines

Familiar with quoting jobs, outside services vendors for tasks we outsource

Good at hand work and attention to detail

Experienced with PCB layout software, (Altium preferred)

Keep schedules up to date and foresee potential problems to ensure on-time deliveries


Success Indicators

Ability to work collaboratively and deliver winning results in a small team environment with engineers

Self-driven learner able to grasp complex computer/math/software concepts quickly

Experience with Microsoft Office tools (Outlook, Excel, Word) needed

Great at working directly with our customers to address needs and issues quickly

Experienced understanding of how electrical design and product development firms operate and their business drivers

Creative and likes to solve challenging problems

Good communication skills, both written and oral

Self-starter who takes initiative and manages their schedule to align with production schedules and department needs

Works well in a team environment and thrive on collaboration

Knowledge seeker looking to expand skillset

Compensation and Benefits

This is a mid to experienced level position, 5+ years doing this type of work. Sherpa offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

Paid medical/dental/vision for employee and dependents

Paid time off (vacation & sick leave)

Paid holidays

Paid volunteer time off

SIMPLE IRA with 3% match

Paid parental leave supplement to state paid leaves

Supplemental insurance (Aflac)

Professional development

Outdoor gear borrow program

Next Steps

If you share our innate curiosity about how things work and our drive to make them work better, we look forward to hearing from you!  Please send us your resume and share what excites you about this role.

Important to note: Must be a US Person able to comply with US Department of State ITAR/EAR requirements for manufacturers in the government sector as a requirement for employment.


Sherpa Design seeks multiple perspectives and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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