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Hardware Designer/HW Lifecycle Prime

Hardware Designer/HW Lifecycle Prime

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Permanent Full-Time

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NovAtel’s HW Lifecycle (Sustaining) team is a small but growing team responsible for maintaining and improving GNSS hardware products.

As a Hardware Lifecycle Prime, you will be working within the NovAtel Hardware Engineering team managing all incoming hardware sustaining issues from any source, coordinating root cause analysis, be involved hands on in developing resolution and implementation plans, feeding lessons learned into new designs.  As a key member of this team you will adhere and contribute to NovAtel design best practices and design processes.

NovAtel provides a fast-paced dynamic work environment with a focus on continuous improvement.



  • Technically coordinates product lifecycle issue management and resolution of them.
  • A point of contact in the HW team that coordinates HW defect inputs from various teams (Customer Support, Quality, Manufacturing, Repair)
  • Drive Root Cause Analysis to determine effective solution to the problem
  • Drives the technical resolution plan to conclusion: hands on solution development including hardware design, test plan, test execution, documentation updates, JIRA updates and final implementation.
  • Analyses inputs and works with HW Manager to define which subject matter experts need to be assigned in the resolution of the issue
  • Works with stakeholders to determine priority of issue
  • Supports appropriate Project Managers within the product team to deliver solution to the market
  • Provides lessons learned information into the development team to mitigate future issues
  • Work with Repair team to understand incoming customer returns and summarize findings for the HW team to be used as continuous design improvements




  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or equivalent education and experience
  • 5+ years of hardware detailed design experience at the circuit design level
  • Understanding and knowledge of printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) design
  • Understanding and knowledge of electronics schematics
  • Experience in Root Cause Analysis
  • Collaborative, persuasive, successful at negotiation
  • Experience working with Multidisciplinary teams

Key Success Factors:

  • Excellent communication skills and team work abilities
  • Confident Self-starter
  • Enjoys debugging and problem solving
  • Proactively identify opportunities for improvement
  • Motivated by challenging work


  • Knowledge of GPS/GNSS technology and products
  • Technical understanding of product /technologies, manufacturing processes and test procedures