Electrical Engineer

Planet Labs
San Francisco, California 94107
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The Role

You will work on a small team of dedicated engineers responsible for the design of Planet’s satellites. This is not your typical aerospace or consumer electronics role. You will work on the end to end process of bringing a product from design to shipment, optimized for medium-scale mass production.  You will design and optimize electrical power, data handling, and sensor interfacing systems, both within the spacecraft and on ground support equipment. You will be responsible for PCB layout projects and interfacing with mechanical engineers to make sure that board mounting and thermal issues are addressed.  You will conduct environmental and EMC testing on electrical subsystems and get them ready for flight. Your work will then be put in a rocket and shot into space.


The Must Haves

  • Expertise in digital and analog electrical design,  grounding, and design for manufacturability

  • PCB layout experience, and knowledge of best-practices

  • CAD experience with Altium Designer (preferred), EAGLE, or equivalent

  • Experience in taking designs from schematic design through manufacturing

  • Experience with serial communication interfaces 

  • Experience with bring-up, debug, & validation of designs

  • Strong expertise in 3-4 areas listed below and generally well versed in the remaining:

    • Embedded systems 

    • Peripheral interfaces (e.g, I2C, SPI, USB, CAN, PCIe, etc)

    • Design for high speed signal integrity and EMC

    • Power supply design and power integrity

    • Battery pack and solar powered charger designs

    • Sensor and actuator electrical interface design

  • Experience with lab equipment, including oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and multimeters

  • Solder rework skills 

  • 5+ years of on-the-job experience

  • Team player comfortable working in an agile, fast, mission driven environment

The Nice-to-Haves

  • Programming experience with Python or C

  • Experience with EMI / RFI mitigation. 

  • Medium scale high mix, low volume, high margin and/or mass manufacturing experience 

  • Comfortable building proof-of-concept design & initial prototype hardware




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Electrical Engineer
72nd2018 - Electrical Engineer
Overall Rating: 72/220
Median Salary: $97,970

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