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Firmware Engineer - Power Electronics


Halifax, NS, CA, B4B 1G9


Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the Firmware Engineer is responsible for the design, development and testing of switch-mode power conversion equipment.


As a Firmware Engineer, your main responsibilities will include (but not limited to):

  • Responsible for design and implementation of control algorithms and embedded firmware for power converters (100W to 100kW) on DSP/MCU;
  • Work closely with hardware designers to define project firmware/software requirements;
  • Apply knowledge of CAN, SPI, USB, I2C, RS485, RS232 communication protocols to new product designs; and
  • Coding using C/C++/assembly, Auto-code generation using PSIM/MATLAB, familiarity with development tools such as compilers and debuggers, thorough understanding of software development practices.


What you require to be successful in the role:


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or equivalent work experience;
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in electrical design in a light manufacturing environment;
  • Familiarity with the application of military and commercial standards to electrical designs is required;
  • Ability to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain electronic equipment;
  • Experience reading schematics and engineering specs;
  • Must have basic design capabilities and integration/troubleshooting skills;
  • Multi-Layer Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design capabilities considered an asset;
  • Solid understanding and strong interests in power electronics and power converters design, e.g., AC/DC, PFC, DC/DC, DC/AC, LLC and resonant converter;
  • Applies electronic theory, principles of electrical circuits, testing procedures and related knowledge to construct and debug power electronics circuitry in relation to the design of power conversion equipment;
  • Utilizes test equipment to perform functional, operational and environmental tests on equipment to established criteria to determine acceptability. Evaluates performance of equipment and compliance with procedures;
  • Generates test procedures for new products and optimizes existing procedures where applicable;
  • Reads and interprets diagrams, schematics, blueprints, and technical manuals for repair and diagnostic information;
  • Performs troubleshooting and failure analysis on products and documents results. Design, build and/or procurement of new or improved tools, fixtures, jigs and coordinating the implementation;
  • Analyzes, records, and interprets test data to determine product acceptability. Recommends changes in method or installation specifications to simplify tests or reduce test times; and
  • Involved in the design, development, modification and analysis of various electronics systems. Supports engineering with a variety of complex engineering duties and/or hands on tasks.


Benefits of working with DRS

  • A motivating team-based environment where your achievements matter
  • An opportunity to work on industry leading edge technology
  • Flexible work hours and a compressed work week to promote a healthy work/life balance
  • Industry leading wellness program including:
    • Health, dental, and vision coverage available on first day of hire at no cost to the employee with access to virtual healthcare
    • Access to Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Competitive compensation including:
    • Reimbursement for professional development initiatives and memberships plus access to free online learning resources
    • Registered Retirement Savings Plan with matching company contributions with access to complimentary financial planning
    • Maternity and Parental leave top-up
    • Vacation, personal days, sick leave, and additional company paid days off


About DRS Pivotal Power

DRS Pivotal Power Inc., a subsidiary of Leonardo DRS, is a leader in the development and manufacture of high reliability power conversion equipment for mission critical military applications. DRS Pivotal Power is part of the Naval Electronics Canada Group.


All applicants must fulfill requirements for Canadian security clearance. 


Applicants requiring a disability related accommodation to participate in the recruitment process are to advise Human Resources. DRS Pivotal Power Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


Applicants may apply to this position online at careers.



Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish this through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others. We consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers. We assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence. We settle for nothing less.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION. We accept unconditionally the value that every individual has to offer. We embrace different points of view. We continually foster an environment that enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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