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Hardware Engineer



Other Engineering
Arlington, VA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Shift5 is the observability platform for onboard operational technology (OT). We’re a rapidly growing scale-up that specializes in cybersecurity, predictive maintenance, and compliance for operational technology (OT) systems across Defense, aerospace, and rail. We are a collaborative, passionate, and driven cadre of dynamic, multidisciplinary experts and we’re focused on helping our customer’s fleets run smarter and safer by accessing and democratizing the volumes of onboard OT data generated by transportation and freight fleets, and defense fleets and weapon systems. Come join us.

Our Values :

  • Embrace Truth and Integrity: Base decisions on data, foster open dialogue, and uphold unwavering integrity.
  • User-Centric Focus: Prioritize user needs to guide our actions and resource allocation.
  • Collaborative & Adaptable: Collaborate for excellence, learning from failures and driving iterative improvements, recognizing every decision's significance.

Shift5 is seeking a Hardware (electrical) Engineer/Senior Hardware Engineer to join our growing team. As a hardware (electrical) engineer, you will be a vital member of our Intake product team, responsible for creating the hardware configuration of our products. This includes component selection, schematic capture, printed circuit board design / layout, and working on an interdisciplinary team to create the most compact and cost-effective assemblies. This position is required to work in our HQ office in Rosslyn, VA.

You will analyze existing systems to identify flaws or inefficiencies, use problem-solving and technical skills to make modifications that will increase the performance of the computer, and assess customer needs and company standards when modifying or creating hardware.You will also be responsible for building or overseeing the assembly of prototypes, testing prototypes to ensure that the design operates according to specifications, designing the support equipment and cables to enable operation, identifying defects, and estimating the cost, reliability, and safety factors. Engineers are key contributors in shaping this design process, and you’ll be a major factor in generating high-impact products. If you’re the kind of person who loves learning about new topics, exploring outside of your comfort zone, painting from blank canvas, and working with like-minded individuals, Shift5 might be the right fit for you.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field
  • 3+ years of experience designing circuit boards (experience with PCB design and layout highly preferred) (7+ years for Senior Hardware Engineer)
  • Experience with FPGA design
  • Experience with Electrical CAD software packages (Altium preferred)
  • Experience with test equipment (oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, and others
  • Knowledge of manufacturing/production processes and AS9100/ISO9001
  • Knowledge of MIL, DO, and IPC standards is a plus
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills


  • Competitive salary and stock options in a fast-growing startup
  • Employer-paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their families
  • Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions
  • 401k with employer contributions
  • Employer-paid Life Insurance
  • Uncapped paid time off policy
  • Flexible work & remote work policy
  • Tax-deferred public transit benefits with Metro SmartBenefits (DC/MD/VA)

We are committed to building an inclusive culture of belonging that not only embraces the diversity of our people but also reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work and the customers we serve. We know that the happiest and highest performing teams include people with diverse perspectives and ways of solving problems so we strive to attract and retain talent from all backgrounds and create workplaces where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.

Shift5 is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.