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Digital Engineer
San Diego-CA-US

Cobham is seeking a Digital Design Engineer to develop digital design circuits such as interface and control, calibration, waveform generation, etc. by using programmable logic devices, including Field Programmable Gate Array’s (FPGA) and Complex Programmable Logic Device (CPLD) used in Integrated Microwave Assemblies (IMA); apply appropriate standards, processes, procedures and tools throughout the system developmental life cycle to support the generation and documentation of digital hardware in radio frequency applications.



  • Conceive the digital module development including specifications, detailed design, simulation, analysis, component selection, integration and testing; generate digital specifications based on customer requirements

  • Create schematic for PWB designs for both digital and analog specifications; design and integrate FPGA

  • Provide technical support for microwave engineers with specification reviews, design proposals and integration, including gathering, debugging and testing

  • Build, test and troubleshoot hardware

  • Participate in safety training and actively comply with safety policies and practices; maintain a clean and safe workstation

  • Improve and maintain 5S in your area; make suggestions for improvements

  • Participate in Lean/Six Sigma activities in own work area as well as events for other areas to enhance cross-functional problem solving

  • Collaborate in team meetings and activities, including SET team support as appropriate

  • Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned

  • Employees are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment. Employees are responsible for cooperating with all aspects of the safety program. All employees are expected to demonstrate proper safety behaviors, including reporting any unsafe conditions or safety violations to a supervisor or manager. Employees are dedicated to obtaining and maintaining the Cobham goal of zero accidents and injuries



  • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors; exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action; interacts with internal and some external contacts


MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS: (The following qualifications can be acquired and demonstrated through experience, education and/or vocational training as noted or as appropriate.)

  • Three (3) years of related experience in digital and analog circuit design with Xithe following design tools Xilinx, Altera or other CPLD and FPGA tools and PSPICE or any toher analog simulation software experience; Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering or related field required

  • Communication skills: ability to receive messages by telephone, in person, electronically and in writing; ask questions and rephrase statements to clarify meaning; ability to read, intrepret and comprehend complex written and verbal instructions; communicate across organizational levels; ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals; ability to speak effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and customers and the general public; ability to communicate with quality, integrity and respect in a way that inspires others and encourages innovation and possibilities

  • Technical skills: knowledge of RF/Microwave parameters and test procedures; knowledge of passive component and semi-conductor device physics; knowledge of component fabrication processes used in the microwave industry; knowledge of the following design tools Xilinx, Altera or other CPLD and FPGA design tools; knowledge of Hardware Description Languages such as VHDL and Verilog

  • Reasoning skills: ability to solve abstract and practical problems and dealing with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; ability to resolve conflicting requirements in a productive and cost effective manner

  • Math skills: ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio and percent; ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry; knowledge of Statistical Process Control (SPC) and experience in performing failure analysis

  • Computer skills: exposure to a networked environment using a Windows and/or Windows like interface using Microsoft office suite; ability to use Enterprise-wide information systems such as SAP and drawing-viewing programs such as Fastlook and/or Anzio; ability to use component support software such as 4D online, Data Minor; knowledge of PSPICE or any other simulation software

  • Time Management & organizational skills: flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and assignments; ability to maintain confidentiality; strong planning and organizational skills

  • Excellence Behaviors: remain engaged, proactive and positive even in tough circumstances; own assignments and be fully accountable for their success; align actions, behaviors and conversations to what matters most; bring out the best in others and recognize the value in every person’s contributions; ability to work independently being proactive to resolve work issues or notify supervisor of resources needed; ability to coordinate with other employees and as part of a team



Requires to obtain and maintain security clearance, which requires USA Citizenship


Cobham's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.