Principal RF Engineer
As part of The Toro Company’s corporate Research & Development function, this individual will contribute to industry-leading innovation and the development of technology that benefits both customers and the environment. Primary job function is to lead the strategy and development of wireless communication components for Toro’s worldwide products.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead the development of next generation wireless communication/control components that satisfy the product requirements, as outlined in the product specification, and resolve design problems. Responsible for projects from start to finish.
Direct workflow of PCB designers to ensure RF performance of layouts, considering all radios on the board and system. Design for EMI/EMC, reliability and thermal performance.
Identify project opportunities that are consistent with the Center for Technology, Research, & Innovation and The Toro Company Conduct detailed background research, including literature reviews and communications with other experts and collaborators in the field to define specific projects.
Convert 3rd party vendor designs into prototypes for testing and demonstration. Execute performance testing of PCB layouts and designs. Integrate necessary analog and digital interfaces or controls.
Perform engineering analysis to predict the behavior and performance of proposed designs. Simulation tools may include MATLAB/Simulink or similar.
Develop performance validation methodology and production test/alignment processes. Validate new designs for specification and regulatory compliance. Work with outside vendors to ensure regulatory compliance and certification worldwide.
Work with test engineers and technicians to develop tests that simulate the requirements of the customer. Evaluate test data and make revisions to hardware and software to solve identified problems.
Keep abreast of new technological developments, both in hardware and software, or competitive environment that would affect the design, testing, or certification process.
Supervise contractors and consultants to ensure that they meet the requirements for function, cost, timing, and quality.
Perform functions as required by established engineering procedures, including project requests through engineering release and change management procedures.
Ensure that designs meet the requirements of safety and any applicable industry or Toro standards.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Located at The Toro Company’s worldwide headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Includes task and/or project leadership.
Working with others in teams to accomplish goals, including collaboration with divisional product development teams and other members of the corporate Research & Development team, including electrical and mechanical engineers, research scientists, and agronomists.
Engagement with divisional management teams and product development teams, to ensure alignment with strategic priorities and to facilitate effective project transitions.
Limited travel, up to 10% of the time, to test sites, customer locations, supplier/partner facilities, manufacturing facilities, and other locations as required.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electromagnetic Engineering or similar.
Minimum five years of hands-on experienced with RF circuits, architectures and systems.
Experience designing, specifying and implementing receivers and transmitters.
Understanding of LTE, LTE-M, WCDMA, GSM, CDMA, 5G, IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15.4, LoRA, BLE.
Familiarity with model-based design and testing - MATLAB/Simulink or similar.
Prior experience with tools for schematic and PCB design, such as Cadence
Experience certifying RF systems worldwide.
Experience analyzing system performance leveraging system integration, simulation, and platform tests.
Familiarity with SVN, GIT, or other version control tools, working in a structured, revision-controlled software development environment.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including active listening skills. Motivated to share knowledge with peers.
Comfortable working in an R&D environment and product development teams.
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.