Design Engineer

Company Details

We have a permanent position for a design engineer to take responsibility for new electro-mechanical product design, development and verification on various projects working within a multidisciplinary team.

Minimum Requirements


  • B.Sc/B.Eng degree in Engineering (preferably electronic, mechanical or mechatronic) from a recognized institution.

Experience (ideally within aerospace or defence industry):

  • High-reliability electronic product design, realisation and environmental testing (>3 years)
  • Schematic creation and simulation (>3 years) (preferably Altium Designer)
  • Embedded software development (>3 years) (C, C++)
  • Mechanical design (preferably Solid Works)

Additional knowledge areas that would strengthen the application:

  • Masters Degree
  • Optical/Optomechanical system design
  • Python programming and realization (>3years)
  • FPGA development (VHDL based) (>3 years)
  • Thermal and/or structural analysis
  • Project Management (MSProject or other)

Job Specification

Design and develop electronics based products used in spacecraft related systems and their associated design documentation, test procedures and calibration systems:

  • Attending requirement and proposal discussions with clients when required.
  • Derive technical specifications for system requirements based on market and/or Customer needs.
  • Research, develop and testing of theoretical and conceptual designs.
  • Derive component requirements for the electronic design using traceable and qualified components.
  • Simulate/test the design at various levels, ensuring that a product will work with adequate design margins and will perform reliably and consistently in specified operation environments.
  • Documentation and review of all aspects during design phases.
  • Design and develop embedded firmware for micro-controller and FPGA based applications.
  • Test the hardware and firmware; implement corrections as necessary.
  • Mechanical design of enclosures and interfaces, interacting with sub-contractors and resolving manufacturing issues.
  • Development of production documentation

Personality Qualities

  • Positive self-motivated, self-starter attitude
  • Innovative – thinking ‘outside the box’
  • Responsible
  • Team player
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Customer focused
  • Able to persuade and influence others
  • Ability to bounce back
  • Flexible and able to multi-task, can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment
  • Resourcefulness in setting priorities.


  • English (essential)
  • Afrikaans (beneficial)


Tagged as: FPGA, python, C++, vhdl, altium designer, solid works, msproject

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