Electrical Engineer

Whisker, is the maker of Litter-Robot, Feeder-Robot, and Litterbox.com. At Whisker, we believe pet parenthood can always get better.

As leading innovators in pet tech and refined pet accessories, we work tirelessly to solve problems and deliver smarter insights for pet parents while enriching the lives of pets. Whether it’s a self-cleaning litter box that automates scooping, an automatic feeder that helps pets develop healthier eating habits, or a modern cat tree that delights both humans and felines, we strive to deliver better solutions for consumers while transforming pet care along the way. To us, having a pet is the best thing ever. At Whisker, life together just keeps getting better.

Whisker is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Juneau, Wisconsin with 500+ passionate team members.

What You’ll Do:

The Electrical / Electronic Engineer will design SOC and MCU based products that include but are not limited to: analog front-end circuitry, high-speed digital interfaces (LCD, digital Camera, etc), Bluetooth, WiFi, system level integration, analog power systems including SMPS, illumination, user interface, sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity, hall effect, magnetometer), sensors and motors. The EE will work with the engineering team and product managers to drive the electrical engineering projects within existing and upcoming connected pet care products. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

  • Develops end to end ownership of electrical circuit and systems design from concept to production:
    • Ideation
    • Schematic Entry & Layout
    • Prototype Build and Bring-up
    • Test Fixturing
    • Production Oversight 
  • Conducts and participates in design reviews 
  • Develops design test and validation specifications
  • Performs digital and analog hardware verification in the lab and writing test reports
  • Collaborates with firmware engineers
    • design validation
    • provide breadboards for early firmware functionality confirmation
  • Responsible for all aspects of ensuring a quality design 
  • Ensures design is optimized for performance and cost
  • Performs additional responsibilities as required

What You'll Bring

  • BS in Electrical / Electronic / Computer Engineering
  • 3+ Years Experience
  • Understanding of Embedded Systems at a very low-level
  • Knowledge of digital and analog circuit design including worst case circuit analysis
  • Experience with PCB CAD (Schematic, PCB Layout and Routing), preferably in Altium
  • Knowledge of communication protocols such as UART, I2C, SPI, BLE, WiFi
  • Experience with operating Lab Equipment such as Power Supplies, DMMs, Oscilloscopes, Signal Generators, Network Analyzers, etc.
  • Experience with sensors, motors, actuators, cameras and other UI/UX components
  • Understanding of microcontroller firmware development
  • Understanding of EMC/EMI design
  • Experience with soldering and basic electronic hand tools
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary information
  • Ability to maintain a professional atmosphere in a fast-paced environment with numerous interactions and interruptions
  • High degree of initiative, self-motivation and ability to motivate others
  • Ability to provide a working atmosphere that is positive and productive
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with team members and colleagues
  • Comfortable with office pets (cats, dogs) 

Not Required but Nice to Have!

  • Experience with IoT Connected Product Design
  • Experience in high volume product design and development
  • Understanding of compliance requirements for FCC 47 CFR Part 15 and CE.
  • Basic understanding of mechanical systems

Benefits & Purrks:

 Join a tenacious, inventive company that empowers team members to chart their own path, lead by grounding decisions in the “why”, and has a strong sense of empathy and openness to new perspectives. Be a part of exciting growth, work with incredible people, and create tomorrow’s pet products—plus a whole lot of extras. You will also be provided with:

  • Premium Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • Whisker Parents Program
  • 1 day "pawternity" leave for new pet adoption
  • Pet Insurance
  • 401K match
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Company-paid short-term disability and life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Generous paid time off
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Top of the line equipment
  • Pet-friendly office
  • Whisker products and swag
  • Continuing education support
  • On-site gym with peloton
  • Referral program

Statement of Inclusivity:

We believe different perspectives make Whisker better and strive to create a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.

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