Zodiac Aerospace Engineer III/IV- Electronics in CARSON, California

Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft and for helicopters and spacecraft. It develops and manufactures state-of-the-art solutions to improve comfort and facilities on board aircraft and high-technology systems to increase aircraft performance and flight safety. Zodiac Aerospace, a Safran* company since February 2018, has 32,500 employees worldwide and generated revenue of 5.1billion euros for its fiscal year ended August 31, 2017. Zodiac Aerospace is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange.

  • Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with nearly 58,000 employees and sales of 15.8 billion euros in 2016. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

For more information: www.safran-group.com at http://www.safran-group.com/ and www.zodiacaerospace.com at http://www.zodiacaerospace.com/ / Follow @Safran and @ZodiacAerospace on Twitter


The Sr. or Principal Electronics Engineer will be responsible for the research, analysis, design, development, testing, debugging and modification of electronics equipment such as VFMDs (Variable Frequency Motor Drives) for vacuum generators and air compressors (ACIM/BLDC), AC/DC Power Converters (3-Φ), 28V DC Valve Controllers, and W&W System Controllers for commercial aerospace industry.

The Sr. or Principal Electronics Engineer will take ownership and/or support technical engineering teams and projects related to W&W System Components. Using sound engineering principles, this engineer will interface with cross functional groups (internal and external) to ensure robust, airworthy designs are attained which meet budget, schedule and internal requirements and goals. This leadership position will be responsible for participating in and leading improvement activities at a group and/or company level.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyze customer requirements and validate them by analysis/modeling/prototyping or based on previous product performance

  • Create and maintain hardware requirements specification and hardware interface control documents

  • Performs SPICE analysis of circuits using Altium/OrCAD PSPICE tools

  • Performs analysis and MATLAB/Simulink modeling to generate control algorithms

  • Analyze and designs magnetics for EMI filter, boost/buck inductors and other input/output filters

  • Performs component selection & obsolescence management

  • Performs circuit design and schematic capture using Altium/OrCAD tools

  • Creates hardware design document that covers design analysis, notes, and specific guidelines followed

  • Provides inputs to PCB layout design

  • Performs worst case load analysis (DC Load Analysis) on the circuit designs

  • Performs component derating and thermal analysis

  • Performance design performance margin analysis

  • Performs PCB board bring-up per the circuit design

  • Creates PCB board level functional test procedures per circuit functional blocks

  • Creates design verification test procedure (DVTP) document

  • Performs electronics hardware testing to make sure that requirements are met and generate test reports (DVTR)

  • Independently finds or creates solutions to problems requiring research, resourcefulness and creativity

  • Understands, follows, and promotes, ZWWS policies and procedures

  • Review and process engineering changes in the development of water and waste systems and equipment

  • Review, process and recommend engineering changes in the development of W&W equipment

  • Utilizes sound technical problem solving to own or support ongoing and new products

  • Follows sound engineering principles to ensure designs meet airworthiness standards, customer requirements and ZWWS internal standards

  • Perform research and/or testing for new development

  • Present technical findings and trade studies

  • Assesses and creates standard work and leads or support improvement projects (group or company level)

  • Independently owns, or leads a team for small/medium size projects.

  • Able to review, check and approve work done by peers and lower level engineers.

  • Provides guidance and training to lower level engineers.

  • Understands how various groups (engineering, industrialization, operations) work together and able to navigate through the company.

  • Able to interface with existing suppliers and OEM customers

  • May Interface with new suppliers and OEM customers

  • Other duties as assigned


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analysis/Modeling SkillsAbility to use electrical circuit simulation tools such as PSPICE and system level simulation tools such as PSIM/MATLAB/Simulink.

  • Design – Experience in analog and digital control systems and applications. Superior design skills in DC-DC converter, Active Rectifiers, Gate Drives, Voltage/Current Sensor Circuit designs, EMI filter designs.

  • Hands on experience – Using design/simulation tools such as Altium/OrCAD, MATLAB/Simulink, PSIM, PSPICE etc. and test equipment such as programmable power supplies, high speed digital oscilloscopes, logic analyzers etc.

  • Protocols – Design level understanding of communication protocols such as CAN, ARINC, SPI, RS-232 etc.,

  • Standards – Experience in applying aerospace regulations such as RTCA/DO-160 and RTCA/DO-254 guidelines to electronics designs

  • Knowledge in major aerospace OEM electronics design guidelines

  • Design & develop instrumentation capabilities for product electrical parameter characterization and validation

  • Interpersonal SkillsPossess a strong work ethic, and commitment to excellence. Ability to communicate, ability to work in a team environment. Ability to provide leadership to other members of the engineering team


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience -

  • Bachelors Degree in electrical engineering from a recognized ABET accredited institution or equivalent

  • 10 + years of electronics circuit design experience in aerospace

Physical Demands – While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to move around the office.

Work Environment – The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Travel – Periodical travel is minimal and may be 5-10 days per quarter.

ID: WWS - 6042

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

It is the policy of Zodiac Aerospace to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are strongly committed to this policy and believe in the concept and spirit of the law.

If you are applying for a job in the United States and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our Human Resources Department at support.zephir@zodiacaerospace.com and let us know the nature of your request and contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

ID: WWS - 6042