Archive for January 30, 2016

Electrical Design Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL

Job Title: Electrical Design Engineering Manager
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Reports To: Senior Director, Product Development
Scope of responsibility:  loT connected products, garage door openers, wet/dry vacs, lighting, power tools

Job Summary:  Create meaningful innovative and product solutions to targeted problems.  Lead engineering of products from ideas and concepts.  Direct, create and manage conceptual ideation, proof of concept building and testing, and prototype design engineering.  Create and manage circuit designs, microprocessor code and functional algorithms, PCB/gerber design files, related IP documentation and supporting assets.  Provide technical guidance of product definition and specification creation

Job Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Generate new designs from ideas and concepts or direction and vision.  Manage iterative design process implementing changes, improvements, and feedback to accomplish objectives.
  • Develop and evolve existing products implementing new advancements, improvements, cost-outs or innovations.
  • Continuously seek meaningfully innovative technologies and contribute to product and technology road mapping process.  Participate in cross functional product team meetings.
  • Responsible for creation and testing of prototypes – directly fabricating bread board / rapid prototype PCB, coding and programming, contracting outsource, or collaboration with manufacturing vendor partner.
  • Manage transitioning conceptual designs to external manufacturing vendor partners, facilitating vendor based engineering’s effort to develop production assets from concept designs.
  • Work crossfunctionally with mechanical engineering to achieve proper integration between electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Work crossfunctionally with product management ensuring full immersion in product essence and strategy.
  • Work with product managers, legal, and vendors to develop and substantiate performance claims to support the marketing of our products
  • Utilize project management tools including detailed timelines and other tools to deliver on-time product introductions
  • Coordinate and execute competitive product evaluations in the laboratory to fully understand the design, performance, usability and industry best practices for the product category
  • Conduct regular product development update or prototype presentations
  • Study competitive market, evaluate product and become an expert in the space.  Stay aware of current trends and notable product or market moves

Education Experience: Bachelor’s Level Degree
Years of Related Experience: 5-10 years
Travel Requirements: 25%

Job Requirements:

  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering required, MS degree preferred.
  • 5+ years experience directly designing electrical aspects of elector-mechanical consumer durable products.  Solid understanding of Design for Manufacturability (DFM), Design for Assembly (DFA)
  • 5+ years direct experience creating complex, mass production-grade, microprocessor based circuits and code relating to electro-mechanical consumer products
  • 5+ years’ experience creating advanced development grade proof of concept PCBs and related code
  • Direct experience with rapid prototyping technologies and services
  • Design knowledge of wireless communication technologies and best practices
  • Thorough understanding of product development, testing and manufacturing processes
  • Solid understanding of value proposition need vs want design prioritization, factoring performance, complexity, reliability, timing and cost
  • Team player with proven ability to excel in a cross-functional team environment
  • Ability to manage working on multiple projects across various product categories with     varying priorities. Ability to change directions quickly without emotion
  • Leadership attitude, self-starter ambition, strong work ethic, energetic enthusiasm
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills
  • Superior project/program/time management skills
  • Superior ability with word/excel/PowerPoint/image manipulation and digital file management
  • Intuitively mindful of expenses with ability to be resourceful, ensure proper value from expenditures

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience designing or using power and hand tools
  • Experience designing or knowledge of lot and connected products and building block technologies
  • Mechanical engineering knowledge or experience
  • Advanced development product engineering
  • Product management experience
  • Experience managing engineers or designers

Salary range: $100,000-150,000/year (+/-) based on experience

Contact / Inquiries:Jim Levin / email: jameslevin (at) or jameslevin (at)
Telephone:  262.468.4893 / 720.841.3981

Hardware Test Engineer

Job Location: Middleton, WI
Job Type: Full-time

Be a part of ensuring that Extreme Engineering Solutions products conform to required specifications through environmental and electromagnetic interference (EMI) testing. Create procedures, perform tests and analyze results to determine design capabilities of embedded systems that will operate in rugged environments – including projects for industrial, commercial, military and aerospace customers.

Specific responsibilities include

  • Perform Environmental Qualification Testing (EQT) – including shock, vibration, humidity, storage temperature and operating temperature tests.
  • Perform Power Verification Testing (PVT) to determine total power draw of products in a variety of scenarios.
  • Create and release test procedures, logs and reports.
  • Work with project managers and the sales team in developing custom ruggedization requirements.
  • Use on-site equipment and off-site testing labs to perform tests in accordance with US Military Standards.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Computer Engineering or a related field is required; or Associate’s degree with 2+ years related work experience.
  • Knowledge of electronic assemblies and computer functionality.
    Prior experience with embedded systems is a plus.
  • Familiarity with any of the following is preferred: PowerPC, Intel and/or Freescale processors, Design for Simulation and Test, Scripting and Linux.

Compensation and Benefits
Extreme Engineering Solutions offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits, including group health and dental insurance, 401k and paid vacation.

To Apply
Please submit your resume to X-ES through our online application system at:

Hardware Engineer

Job Location: Middleton, WI
Job Type: Full-Time


In this position you would be responsible for taking an existing LAN like system and modifying it to prepare for production. You would examine existing firmware or hardware and make recommendations to turn the existing prototype into a truly functional salable product. Lead definition of product architecture for both internal and customer-specific products


  • Technical Degree: BSEE, BSCE, ASEET, ASET or equivalent
  • 3-5 years relevant development experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Experience with electrical design and development
  • Ability to develop electrical schematics, including circuit simulation where required
  • Ability to work with mechanical engineers and PCB layout designers to implement physical layout of circuit

Michael Baker
Column Engineering

Electrical Design Engineer

Job Type: Full-Time
Job Location: Stoughton, WI (near Madison)

Position Summary
Dairyland Electrical Industries, Inc is looking for an Electrical Engineer with experience in power electronics to work in our Stoughton, WI (near Madison, WI) location. You will be challenged in this role as you provide technical support to existing and potential customers, make modifications to existing products, and assist in the innovation of new products.

Education and Experience
A qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in electrical engineering and have a minimum of five years’ work experience in power electronics and printed circuit board design. A qualified candidate will have exceptional technical aptitude and outstanding skills in customer service, oral and written communication and team dynamics.

Engineering is critical to our success. You will have diverse experiences with everything that touches Engineering. In this position you will enjoy regular interaction with engineering team members, company peers, and customers. You will be actively involved in engineering projects that could include simple modifications to existing products, innovation of new products, control circuits, electrical schematics, and parts lists for product design. You will also be instrumental in creating and maintaining technical documentation for internal and external use, including product assembly manuals, application documentation, accessories and mounting. Additionally, you could find yourself providing digital content to Marketing and developing shop tooling and testing devices in support of manufacturing.

Company Information
Dairyland Electrical Industries, Inc. in Stoughton, WI is the energy industry’s leading manufacturer and resource for solid-state isolation and grounding products used in the corrosion prevention industry. We specialize in applications related to over-voltage protection, safety, grounding and isolation. We distinguish ourselves through providing exceptional technical support, customer service and product quality that have been trusted for over 30 years. We are seeking talented and energetic engineers that enjoy providing solutions that exceed customer expectations. For more information on Dairyland and our solutions, please visit us at

If you meet the Education and Experience qualifications and are seeking a challenging career with a company that prides itself in rewarding strong performance and providing opportunity for professional growth in a dynamic and stable industry, you will want to investigate this opportunity further.

Jay Warner
Engineering Manager
jay (at)