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Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer

Date: Jan 7, 2022

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

QinetiQ's Technology Solutions group applies decades of experience developing and delivering leading edge mission ready solutions. From front line unmanned ground robots to ship and submarine mission critical systems, the QinetiQ team prides itself on overcoming next generation threats with mission-led innovation. Within the Maritime Systems group, you will be exposed to everything from electromagnetic aircraft launch systems deployed on the top of the line Ford-class aircraft carriers to next generation micro-autonomous underwater vehicles actively being iterated on for the Navy’s future needs.

Our customers are always our number one priority and we consistently deliver Mission-Led Innovation to empower and protect our Defense and Security forces in the U.S. and abroad.

Your Contribution to Our Mission:

As a Maritime Systems Senior Principal Electrical Engineer you will oversee and lead the design, build, and troubleshooting of end to end electric solutions in autonomy, unmanned, and robotic systems. This includes overseeing interdisciplinary teams designing electrical sub-systems and integrating new features into current solutions. This will include frequent hands-on work in the lab building and debugging electrical systems. In this role, your tasks will range from developing small prototype designs to overseeing full integration of production systems.

  • Lead multidisciplinary teams of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers to design and implement complex automated systems
  • Support the entire component lifecycle from concept design, prototype build, and production implementation
  • Design and develop new and novel features for existing products
  • Develop schematics and layouts for PCB ground up designs and updates
  • Troubleshoot and root cause challenging electrical and systems problems
  • Mentor other engineers within the department

To Land This Job:

  • BSEE or equivalent with 10+ years of experience or MSEE or equivalent with 8+ years of experience
  • Demonstrated experience using schematic capture and PCB layout software
  • Experience with CAD tools used for electro-mechanical designs and BOM management
  • Ability to work independently and manage tasking prioritization
  • Experience interfacing and collaborating with customers

Additional skills of interest:

  • Any cross discipline experience such as a coding language or 3D modelling
  • Prior mentorship roles especially within an engineering setting
  • Familiarity with military design standards

Job Type:  Full Time

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain:

  •    DOD Secret

Why QinetiQ Inc.?

  • Your work will contribute to the protection of American Warfighters and Security Forces.
  • Opportunity to work with cutting edge technology.
  • Extensive opportunities for continuous learning, professional growth and advancement. 
  • We only hire the best!  No matter if you are entry or senior level, you will have the opportunity learn from some of the best in the industry.
  • We have fun!  We regularly have company events, from luncheons and costume contests to golf tournaments.
  • We care about YOU and YOUR FAMILY.  We offer competitive benefits and health insurance options.   #MJ

No One Has Time for Long Job Applications!

We completely understand, that is why we have made the application process easy. We promise. This will be simple.


If because of a medical condition or disability you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (540) 658-2720 Opt. 4 and let us know the nature of your request and contact information.

QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.