FPGA Firmware Engineer

Canonsburg, PA 15317

Posted: 03/08/2023 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Engineering Job Number: 240120

Job Description

FPGA Firmware Engineer
US Citizen ONLY
/ Secret Clearance preferred
Canonsburg, PA
6 months to hire

Seeking a mid-level electrical/computer engineer to develop, integrate, test, and support custom FPGA firmware within the Torpedo Systems Group (TSG).  The TSG designs, develops, demonstrates, produces, assembles, tests and delivers torpedo SONAR arrays and electronic assemblies.  The TSG team works with the Navy, internal production staff and the representatives from other companies to advance torpedo performance and lower production costs.

Job Duties

Be part of a team comprised of design, system engineering, and electrical engineering to develop embedded systems.  Duties include:
  • architect, design, and document FPGA firmware hierarchies, components, interfaces, and data flows
  • develop firmware in accordance with detailed designs descriptions
  • simulate and test firmware components in preparation for integration
  • define FPGA timing, pinout, and placement constraints
  • review synthesis and timing reports, address issues
  • integrate and test firmware on target hardware
  • identify necessary schematic updates and hardware reworks to support design
  • utilize FPGA tools and laboratory equipment for integration and debug
  • document failures, identify root causes, implement fixes, and verify changes
  • maintain configuration management documentation for the FPGA design


Candidate must have:
  • experience implementing FPGA firmware including custom VHDL components containing state machines, synchronous/asynchronous logic, processes, and external interfaces
  • understanding of the underlying FPGA fabric the firmware utilizes
  • experience working across cross-clock boundaries
  • familiarity with Xilinx (AMD) and/or Altera (Intel) compiler, programming, and debug tools
  • experience reviewing schematics, parts lists, and re-work documentation
  • methodical problem-solving skills
  • motivation to independently research and resolve issues
  • strong written and oral communication skills

Candidates should have:
  • familiarity with floor planning and timing optimizations

Candidates with the following skills would be a plus:
  • working knowledge of standard network protocols (e.g., IPv4, UDP, TCP/IP)
  • implementing custom digital signal processing filters

  • BS in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar degree
  • 5+ years of engineering experience required
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