Sr. Firmware Engineer
Plano, TX Engineering
Job Type

The Sr. Firmware Engineer will develop and support our industry-leading traffic products. The successful candidate will help create products that allow the visually impaired to safely experience the world on their own terms.

Essential Job Functions

  • Maintain and enhance embedded software for existing product lines.
  • Own the embedded software system design cycle from requirements through launch and beyond.
  • Design, develop, code, test, and debug embedded software.
  • Integrate, verify, and validate new product designs and design changes.
  • Perform design and code reviews.
  • Interface with a cross-functional engineering team.
  • Support the Tech Support team with intimate product knowledge.
  • Contribute to a fun and innovative work environment.
  • Work in an Agile environment using Atlassian toolset

Education: Bachelors Degree in Electrical, Electronic, Computer Science or Computer Engineering
Technical Experience &Skills:

  • 7+ years’ experience in embedded software development and writing C and/or assembly code for microcontrollers such as Microchip PIC, Freescale/NXP, ST, Cortex M3/M0 and Atmel.
  • Mastery of C language programming as it pertains to an embedded environment.
  • Strong understanding of computer architecture and embedded software development best practices, with significant experience in low level development and programming.
  • Real time development experience with and without an RTOS.
  • Knowledge of communication interfaces, such as SPI, I2C, I2S, UART, CAN, USB, BLE, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet.
  • Ability to read schematics to troubleshoot, debug and bring up new hardware using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, protocol analyzers and in-circuit emulators.
  • Experience programing peripheral hardware at the register level.
  • Working knowledge of C++.
  • Working knowledge of IoT principles and methods
  • Familiarity with OOP design principles.
  • Familiarity with various ARM architectures (e.g. Cortex M4, M7, etc.).
  • Familiarity with security basics (e.g. TrustZone, security certificates, etc.).

Soft Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, organizational and follow-up skills.
  • Solid problem-solving skills. Highly technical, quickly grasping how things work. Presents technical concepts, ideas, and information in terms that both engineers and non-engineers can understand.
  • Motivated by continuous learning and development.
  • Functions well in a small company/startup environment. (High visibility, accountability and development velocity)
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and collaboratively with a cross functional team.
  • Disciplined engineering approach.
  • Differentiates value added activities from waste.
  • Demonstrates systems thinking.

Physical/Mental Requirements This section must be completed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and operate an office computer/laptop most of the day. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounter while performing this job's essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Travel: Up to 20% travel required

About the Company 

Synapse ITS is a comprehensive transportation technology platform focused on increasing roadway safety, accessibility and efficiency through innovative infrastructure. Comprised of 4 leading brands in the traffic industry, Synapse is dedicated to delivering smarter, data-driven technologies to help cities increase safety, optimize resources, and meet Vision Zero goals. As the leading traffic and pedestrian safety platform for intelligent transportation systems (“ITS”) in North America with a portfolio of products including Accessible Pedestrian Signals (“APS”) systems, intersection traffic safety products and “away from intersection” pedestrian and traffic safety technology. The Company has a track record of innovation, harnessing a broad suite of intellectual property while developing new applications like touchless push buttons, Advanced Traffic Controller (ATC) related products, device connectivity and solar LED technology.

Polara Enterprises LLC Headquartered in Greenville, Texas, Polara designs and manufactures the most technologically advanced and durable ADA-compliant and pedestrian-friendly crosswalk devices on the market. With hundreds of thousands of Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) and push buttons installed across North America, Polara is one of the most trusted names in pedestrian safety. 

Carmanah Technologies Corp. Over more than 25 years, Carmanah has earned a global reputation for delivering innovative “away from the intersection” safety solutions that offer cost savings while ensuring environmental sensitivity. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, their portfolio includes a broad range of products, including solar and AC powered systems for midblock crosswalks, school zones, traffic-calming, and general hazard marking.

Eberle Design Inc. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, EDI is a leading provider of highly engineered traffic safety products and ITS technologies that enable safe and connected infrastructure. EDI’s Advanced Traffic Controller (ATC) suite of products represents the latest technological advancements to increase safety, cabinet reliability, functionality, and ease of maintenance. 

Diablo Controls Diablo Controls is a pioneering manufacturer of traffic, access, and parking control technologies. Based in Crystal Lake, IL, the company is best known for developing the first microcontrollers in the traffic and parking industries, as well as a variety of highly reliable and easy-to-install detectors, transmitters, receivers, and automatic vehicle identification (AVI) devices.