Digital Prospectors Component Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

Component Engineer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Peter Roos at

Phone: 603-772-2700

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Job Title: Component Engineer

Location : Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance without Incident for access to classified information. An Active Secret Clearance without Incident is desired.


Our client’s Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group develops, builds, and operates prototype space and airborne Lasercom terminals. The technology developed and the lessons learned from these activities are transferred to operational programs through participation in standards groups and through the operation of a gold-standard test infrastructure. Major efforts include demonstration of a low-cost, high-performance airborne Lasercom terminal, design of Lasercom interoperability standards, development of a test capability to validate interoperability among various contractor-produced terminals, and investigation into techniques to enable multiple simultaneous Lasercom links through a single aperture. This group has close interactions with government and industrial partners.

Position Scope/Job Functions

  1. Function as a component engineer assisting the design team on primary component selection, availability searches, alternate component selection and procurement. Must have a detailed understanding of high-reliability component selection and handling as it relates to mil-aero avionics and space flight programs.

  2. Must have a proven track record supporting space flight programs as a component engineer.

  3. Provide all BOM (Bill of Materials) management for fabrication, including kit assembly, verification, and maintenance of component inventory.

  4. Function as the primary interface to fabrication and assembly vendors and provide real-time decision making when dealing with challenges that arise with these processes.

  5. Provide schematic capture and layout support for design engineers

  6. Support hardware integration by writing, testing and debugging LINUX based utilities, VHDL test benches, and real time LINUX target functional programs supporting a variety of mission needs.

  7. Generate test vectors from C-based performance models to support hardware maturation efforts.

Skills: Required

This effort requires a component engineer to support development of high reliability FPGA-based digital and RF/Analog subassemblies. Requires the ability to participate and successfully execute the required job functions within an existing high-functioning design team. Requires an in-depth understanding of component selection, procurement, handling, reliability, and storage. Must have expert level proficiency with Mentor Graphics Modelsim, Questa, DxDesigner and Expedition. Must have a proven track record interfacing with high-rel PCB fabrication and assembly vendors. Must understand CAD file formats as they relate to PCB fabrication and assembly. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, in-depth knowledge of Xilinx Chipscope for Virtex FPGAs and Ultrascale+ MPSoCs, Excellent lab debug skills are required. Must have the ability to work in an exclusively Linux based environment.

Skills: Preferred

Experience with terrestrial network standards including SONET, OTN, GFP, HDLC standards and RTL implementation methods is desired. Additional languages including Perl, TCL, and System C is a plus.

Education/Professional Certifications/Substituting Off-Set:

Acceptable candidates will have a PhD plus 5 years’ experience, an MS in computer science or computer engineering and 8 years of experience or a BS in same and 10+ year of experience.

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes providing equal employment opportunity for all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting-edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING!

Make this your next career move as one of our many long-term contractors or employees!

Work as our full-time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.) - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


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Phone: 603-772-2700