Intermediate Electrical Engineer - Power Electronics


Halifax, NS, CA, B4B 1G9

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the Intermediate Electrical Engineer – Power Electronics is responsible for working with the Engineering Team on the design, development, and testing of switch-mode power conversion equipment.


As an Intermediate Electrical Engineer – Power Electronics, your main responsibilities will include (but not limited to):

  • Responsible for the design, development, and testing of switch-mode power conversion equipment in the 100W to 100kW power range
  • Work closely with firmware designers to define project firmware/software requirements
  • Provide technical assistance to customers in support of new product development and legacy product support as required
  • Review customer specifications and requirements and assist in the generation of bids and proposals
  • Provide budget, cost and schedule inputs for engineering projects and job assignments
  • Specify and evaluate supplier components, subsystems and services
  • Support the program design to cost and design for manufacture requirements
  • Develop prototypes to resolve key development risks
  • Generate engineering documentation in support of design activities and customer requirements, including specifications, test procedures and reports, failure reports, design analysis, program progress reports, and configuration management inputs
  • Work collaboratively with Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Program Management to achieve material and labour design-to-cost targets


What you require to be successful in the role:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from a recognized post-secondary institution or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in electrical design in a light manufacturing environment
  • P. Eng. designation, and eligible for registration with Engineers NS
  • Familiarity with the application of military and commercial standards to electrical designs is required
  • Experience reading schematics and engineering specs, with a strong ability to troubleshoot
  • Demonstrated understanding and strong interests in power electronics and power converters design
  • Demonstrated application of 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
  • Strong ability to analyze, record, and interpret test data to determine product acceptability
  • Involvement 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
  • Analyzes, records, and interprets test data to determine product acceptability. Recommends changes in method or installation specifications to simplify tests or reduce test times
  • Multi-Layer Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design capabilities considered an asset
  • Knowledge of CAN, SPI, USB, I2C, RS485, RS232 communication protocols to new product designs considered an asset


Benefits of working with DRS

  • A motivating team-based environment where your achievements matter
  • An opportunity to participate in the design and development of DRS PPI’s next generation of power conversion equipment, using 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
    • An exceptional mental health benefit
    • 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 growing, and is seeking new talent to bring leading edge power solutions to its customers around the world.  DRS Pivotal Power is part of the Leonardo DRS Naval Electronics 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

The DRS culture is defined by our Core Values and Principles: 

- Integrity
- Agility
- Excellence
- Customer Focus
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Innovation

We strive to uphold them in all aspects of our business practices to inspire our employees and provide outstanding support for our customers.

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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