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Post subject: Looking for experienced RF applications engineers Posted: Sun Jul 17,
2005 12:40 pm
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Erie, PA
I did not have in mind when establishing this manager-engineer employment forum that I would
be the first to use it. However, an opportunity (or two) has arisen where I work as an applications engineer at a
major RFIC design company in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area of North Carolina.
In the Worldwide Customer
Applications department where I work, we are looking for an engineer capable of interfacing with our customers’
design engineering groups in support of our line of GSM, W-CDMA, Bluetooth, WLAN and GPS products. These include
power amplifiers, front-end modules, mixers, modulators, and complete system-level radio/phone chipsets.
Experience has shown that the people best matched for this job are ones with PCB-level circuit design experience
that have successfully dealt directly with customers to assist in designing discrete components into a higher
level system architecture. Previous exposure to the commercial wireless realm is considered a plus, but generally
any experience in designing and testing amplifier matching and biasing circuits, integration of board-level
isolators, diplexers, antenna switches, filters, etc., is acceptable.
Our Apps Engineers work closely with
the IC design groups within the company from prototyping through initial production runs, introduction to the
marketplace, and support of current and legacy product integration. Our company has never skimped on equipping the
labs with top-notch test equipment, and the all-too-frequent problem of having someone steal your equipment over
the weekend is almost never heard of (there’s always a rogue that has to learn). The work environment is intense,
but without exception the most congenial one in which I have ever had the pleasure of working.
customers are literally worldwide, it will be necessary to be able to communicate via phone and e-mail with folks
who’s first language is not necessarily English. Bilingual or multilingual skills would be nice, but generally
customers speak English well enough to be effective. If not, then our Apps Engineers stationed at locations
throughout the world can do the heavy lifting. Most of our Apps Engineers end up traveling for a week or two,
three to four times a year in a whirlwind tour of all the customer areas for which they have responsibility.
Typical areas are the Americas, China/Far East, Near East, Europe. Like I mentioned already, we have sales/support
offices in all those areas staffed with nationals, but they still need assistance from the home base because we
are the closest to the designers. Those guys (and gals) seem to work around the clock – it’s amazing what hard
workers they are.
Aside from the need for hardware engineers, we can also use a good software person to
support some of the Bluetooth and WLAN products, and maybe to help with some of the calibration routines for the
There is no set minimum number of years required, but your experience should be such that it
justifies claims of expertise. We have a number of new grads, but now we need more experienced folks both to carry
some of the heavier load and to mentor the younger guys.
So, if you are interested in applying for the
above described position, please contact me at email@example.com . I will NOT collect any kind of reference fee
if you are hired – I am doing this entirely for the good of the company I work for (if we thrive, I keep my job).
After performing a pre-screening of any interested engineer’s qualifications, I will forward your information
directly to my manager, who has hiring authority. This will bypass the Human Resources firewall that we commonly
lament on this and other forums.
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