When you think of Rain Bird, the first thing you think of is probably our sprinklers. Our irrigation systems are used by homes, golf courses, corporate campuses, and more all around the world.But those systems don’t just run on their own. They are all managed by sophisticated controllers that are getting more advanced by the day. It won’t be long before homeowners can simply program in their location and what they’re growing, and the system will be able to figure out exactly how much to water and when. Rain Bird takes an active part in the Internet of Things and developing smarter and simpler ways for everyone to control their irrigation systems. We continually develop new ways to interconnect irrigation systems components and to connect the irrigation system to external systems and data. Our goal is to lead the industry in connectivity and control of residential, commercial, agricultural, and golf irrigation. Rain Bird Controllers And The Technology Behind Them Our latest controller, the ESP-LXIVM, won the Irrigation Association’s 2020 New Product Contest in the Landscape Irrigation category. It introduces game-changing technology as the industry’s most advanced high-capacity controller. One major feature is its Integrated Valve Module, or IVM, with Smart Valve technology, which allows for two-way communication between the controller and the valve.The ESP-LXIVM makes use of two Rain Bird technology features: FloManager™ and FloWatch™. These allow the controller to automatically create watering schedules that optimize flow and watering time based on needs and flow capabilities. They also work with Rain Bird’s Weather Stations, which smartly adjust watering based on rainfall, high or low temperatures, and more.Users can take control of their irrigation systems from anywhere with the Rain Bird app. Almost anyone who uses Rain Bird systems can make use of the Rain Bird app to manage their irrigation schedules right from their smartphones. To make things even easier for homeowners, Rain Bird systems can connect to your smart home as well, with Amazon Alexa and Google Home support.Central to all of our developments is the idea of the Intelligent Use Of Water™. We want to conserve water through tools like FloManager and Weather Stations. We also do research on the most effective ways to use water to grow healthy plants. For example, we were able to determine that larger water droplets are more wind resistant and therefore more likely to reach the intended target. The end result is more healthy plant life with less water consumed. How To Become An Engineer At Rain Bird Rain Bird is actively hiring the best engineers in the industry. We’re looking for software engineers, especially those with experience in mobile apps and AWS servers. We’re seeking embedded engineers and firmware engineers. Most importantly, we want engineers who are ready to push the boundaries of what irrigation software can do and implement next-level technology that will help promote the Intelligent Use Of Water.What is it like to work as an engineer at Rain Bird? Everyone working at Rain Bird is intelligent and highly qualified, and constantly encouraging those around them to think harder, learn more, and challenge themselves and others. Our engineers can expect to develop new ideas and run with them. We are all passionate about delivering the highest quality products. Our small, development-driven teams are backed by the security of working for an industry leader with 80 years of growth that has experience turning ideas into reality.If you’re wondering where to work as a software engineer, look no further than Rain Bird. Rain Bird has engineering jobs in Tucson, Arizona, and San Diego, California. Visit the Rain Bird Careers page to learn more about jobs at Rain Bird and current openings.

Rain Bird Corporation

CA, US

Senior Electronics Engineer

Join the Team creating the next generation of irrigation devices and connected control systems. Your experience and leadership are key to taking our development to the next level. Work on projects that incorporate IoT, ARM embedded processors, wireless technologies, robust design methodologies, and more. Help our planet by working on electronic engineering design solutions that support Rain Bird’s goal of “Intelligent Use of Water”.

As Senior Project Electronics Engineer you will lead and manage electronics development activities for multiple projects; taking projects from initiation to production release (from scoping and budgeting through development, test, and production release).

In this role, you will also work closely with marketing and sales teams, and will initiate and develop ideas that will enhance and expand all Rain Bird product lines. Candidate must be a strong project leader and is expected to provide technical leadership and occasional supervision of engineers, technicians, and other support staff.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for all aspects of robust electronic development for new, innovative product designs using embedded microprocessors (mostly ARM-Cortex 32-bit and some 8-bit micros such as Atmel AVR, Microchip PIC, etc)
  • Scope of responsibilities will cover reviewing customer requirements, creating technical specifications, cost-effective engineering designs, test plans, and design for manufacturability
  • Communicate clearly, verbally and in writing, to engineering management concerning project schedule, quality improvement and cost reduction opportunities, cost estimates, etc
  • Assure that product development priorities are completed to schedule and budget, while ensuring quality and product performance requirements are met
  • Collaborate with employees in other Rain Bird Design & Manufacturing facilities in US and Mexico
  • Product development activities include design and development, rigorous design reviews, incorporation of lessons learned from existing products, product verification and field validation along with coordinating with quality assurance and developing appropriate documentation
  • Responsible for keeping excellent organized project records and documentation
  • This position requires some traveling within the US and out of the country such as Mexico as needed

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • BS in Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engineering from an accredited university
  • Excellent English communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, and team leadership skills
  • 10+ years of electronic design engineering experience in a high-volume consumer product environment
  • Experience with wireless IoT (Internet of Things) devices and networks, RF circuitry & antennas, robust microprocessor-based design, analog-to-digital conversion, sensor principles, LCD (segmented and dot-matrix) displays, analog circuit design, battery powered circuits, and power supplies. Design experience in both wired and wireless network communication systems employing standard and/or proprietary protocols
  • Familiarity with all phases of printed circuit board design from schematic capture through board layout to board fabrication and board assembly. Experience in design and simulation of circuit board layouts for international EMC/EMI compliance and experience with high speed and high frequency circuit board layout techniques
  • Experience designing for electrically noisy environments with knowledge of ESD and power surge protection techniques. Familiarity with digital noise mitigation techniques and ability to address routing challenges associated with high pin density IC packages
  • Ability to define, document and implement end-to-end test plans for your electronic designs for both design validation as well as high-volume production test
  • High energy and enthusiastic attitude, willingness to learn customer requirements and troubleshoot field problems, desire for continued learning, and irrigation industry interest
  • History of increasing responsibilities with proven track record of achieving solid results
  • Evidence of innovative and creative thinking used to create effective solutions to both engineering and customer problems
  • Excellent laboratory skills; ability to prototype, test and validate designs using analog, digital and RF test and measurement tools; Excellent debugging and troubleshooting skills using basic lab tools and equipment, including high density surface mount circuit boards
  • Prior experience with Design for Manufacturability and Design for Testability
  • High attention to detail; excellent organization skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Experience specifying, sourcing and qualifying new electronic components and vendors for new designs

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MS or equivalent degree in engineering
  • Experience with embedded firmware development to do “board bring up” and hardware testing
  • Ability to perform debug of hardware/firmware issues to identify root cause
  • Analog/sensor interface design experience
  • Working knowledge of FMEA, DOE, SPC
  • Experience with regulatory compliances such as UL, IEC, IPC, RoHS, etc.
  • Expertise with Altium Designer a plus
  • Working knowledge of mechanical design and interactions with electronic component placement
  • Working knowledge of high-volume Printed Circuit Board Assembly production processes including mount, reflow, In-Circuit Test, In-System Programming and functional test
  • Experience with RF circuit design, stripline and embedded antennas
  • Experience with electronics potting, conformal coating, encapsulation
  • Experience in the irrigation industry

Rain Bird is an Equal Opportunity Employer