Pacific Defense is hiring a

Senior PCB Designer

Sunnyvale, United States

Pacific Defense is an industry leading developer of advanced RF and electronics systems for the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers. We specialize in Open Systems Architecture solutions for the non-kinetic fight. Our vision provides cost effective, highly capable, modular, and rapidly reconfigurable systems to our customers in less than half the time of traditional defense contractors. Our team delivers sensing and effects solutions for the Land, Air, Sea and Space domains at an unprecedented pace. We accomplish this strategy by combining broad domain experience in Radar, EW, SIGINT, and Communications with a go-fast commercial execution model. Our model fully leverages Open Standards, like SOSA, CMOSS, and MORA, as well as rapid prototyping methodologies to bring our advanced capabilities to customers. The Pacific Defense family includes Perceptronics Solutions with expertise spanning signal processing, novel algorithm development, cognitive systems, high performance computing, hardware design and development, and systems integration and test. We embrace the diversity of people, ideas, and a great employee experience to drive the innovation that runs through everything we do. Pacific Defense has established an excellent reputation in our professional community and is growing our team to seize new opportunities to solve tough challenges for national defense. Come join us and accelerate your career!

We are looking to hire a Senior PCB Engineer who wants to get involved with a small, fast-paced and dynamic company. This position requires strong PCB design skills and experience with creating, documenting, and maintaining design processes. Expected to work well with both internal and external designers as well as contractors. Must be able to establish strong relationships and interface with our internal engineers (hardware & mechanical), external contractors (PCB Designers), and board fabrication/assembly contracting houses.


  • 10+ years of PCB layout and routing experience (experience with Allegro/Altium and Mentor cad products, such as DX Designer and PADS Layout, is preferred)
  • 10+ years designing RF, high-speed digital and mixed signal PCBs starting from schematic netlists generated by other design engineers
  • Experienced designing with high speed digital rates > 10 Gbps and RF > 6 GHz
  • Experienced designing with high-speed memory interfaces such as DDR4
  • Experienced designing boards with 16+ layers using buried and blind vias
  • Experienced with controlled impedance transmission lines, including single-ended and differential stripline, microstrip and coplanar waveguide.
  • Experienced creating and documenting standard processes to build symbols and footprints (decals), and ensure processes are followed
  • Experienced creating and maintaining schematic symbols and PCB footprints for the entire hardware design group. May require leading a junior designer to help create and check new footprints.
  • Experienced with designing to meet IPC requirements
  • Experienced creating and documenting PCB design processes for both internal use and for use by contract PCB designers, and ensure processes are followed
  • Experienced working closely with contract PCB designers to ensure our design processes are followed and deliverables meet our standard requirements
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Education
  • Requirement: Relevant industry experience
  • Preferred: BS or Associate’s Degree in EE/CE/CS or Computer Aided Drafting & Design


  • Collaborate with both RF and digital design engineers during parts placement and signal routing to ensure PCB design meets all requirements
  • Collaborate with mechanical design engineers to ensure mechanical integrity as well as thermal requirements are met
  • Work closely with PCB design contractors to ensure design processes and deliverables are met
  • Work closely with PCB fab houses to ensure our PCB design requirements are met and resolve issues during PCB fabrication
  • Work closely with contract assembly houses to clarify any design requirements and resolve issues prior to and during PCB assembly
  • Manage a centralized library of footprints to ensure consistency and reliability


Pacific Defense provides competitive salaries, performance bonuses at all levels, and immediately vested 401K match. We cover 100% medical, dental, vision, and life insurance premiums, as well as a flexible spending account for incidental health care expenses. We offer paid time off and federal holidays to spend time with family, pursue outside interests, or just get some extra rest.

Pacific Defense is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.

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