Senior Embedded Firmware Test Engineer

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New Zealand Skills in Demand are seeking qualified Senior Embedded Firmware Test Engineers for roles in Christchurch.   

Their client is the fastest growing inverter company in the world. By combining the power of solar energy and the proven advantages of communications technology, they make solar power systems productive, reliable, smart and safe - increasing the energy harvest of solar panels by up to 25 percent. Their microinverter system is profoundly changing the way solar systems function, and as a result, changing the solar industry itself.

They are building teams with highly talented individual contributors and leaders who design, develop, and manufacture next generation solar technologies. Their work environment is fast-paced, fun, and full of exciting new projects.

Their microinverters control the flow of power from millions of solar panels and counting. As distributed renewable energy resources proliferate, microinverters will need more advanced high-speed controls in order to manage the voltage and frequency of the next generation smart grids.

The Role:

This position is within the Software Engineering group, where you will work with a small team to develop fully functional prototypes to demonstrate new advanced operation and control for autonomous grid connection, management and regulation.

  • Develop test strategies and plans to assure their inverter firmware functions per engineering requirements and design specifications

  • Develop and execute test strategies to ensure safety and optimal functionality for their solar microinverter product to meet worldwide standards

  • Design and implement automated test systems in Python and Ruby enabling continuous integration of the firmware development team

  • Collaborate with the hardware and firmware engineers to assure firmware is designed for test

  • Confer with other Quality Assurance teams, Development and Product Management to participate in project planning and ensure the effective testing of their products within design constraints

  • Use test automation, power meters, oscilloscopes, DC supplies and other lab test equipment to ensure complete functional, efficiency, and safety testing coverage for their  solar microinverters’ hardware and firmware.

  • Coach and train new members of technical staff on their test equipment, procedures, and automation software


What you will need:

  • Bachelor/Master’s Electrical Engineering and/or Computer Science

  • 5+ years’ experience in a similar (non-academic) role as an embedded software or firmware test/QA engineer

  • Experience through the various stages of embedded software or firmware design, implementation, test, deployment, and maintenance

  • In depth knowledge of relevant worldwide standards such as IEEE 1547, 1741SA, CA Rule 21, HECO SRD 1.1, AS/NZS 4777.2:2015, SAND2013-9875, G83/2 regulations of UK and Sandia standard

  • Knowledgeable in worldwide electrical advanced grid functions and faults conditions

  • In-depth familiarity with AC grid simulators and solar panel simulators

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Get in touch with Ammar Yousef at NZ Skills in Demand today and get started on your journey.

1. Email with your CV

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