Principal Engineer, Electronic Design Engineering

5-7 years
2 months ago
Job Description

Job Description


  • Completes assigned tasks that meet quality, functionality and schedule objectives.
  • Provides verbal and written status including reports to the Lead Engineer and the Department Manager.
  • Under Lead Engineer's direction, helps identify and resolve issues by participating in DOE discussions and subsequently collecting and analyzing data.
  • Handles specific tasks associated with component level checkout of preamps and Read Channel ICs.
  • Contributes to the debug of any cross-functional related issues during drive integration.
  • Collects and analyzes data for functional design reviews.
  • Helps prepare Readiness review materials and preview content with the Lead Engineer.
  • In any activity requiring cross-functional effort, during Lead's absence, the Development Engineer would represent the System Engineering and help make trade-offs in evaluating various options.
  • After a product has been transferred off-shore, Development Engineer will provide appropriate support in resolving new technical issues, reviewing data for new/revised components etc.
  • Mentor interns and junior engineers.
  • May provide input on hiring decisions of technical team members.
  • Develops and prioritizes own and others goals and workloads to meet project objectives and deadlines.
  • Influences team decisions and results.
  • Requires only general supervision and little guidance.
  • Understanding of basic principles in most functional areas such as RSS, Servo, Mechanical, Material Science and controller
  • Able to make system-level decisions based on understanding of interdependencies between competing interests from different functional groups to obtain the best trade-offs under a specific application / condition.
  • Recommend, devise, and implement technical solutions and understand trade-offs.
  • Provide input to program / project technical strategy.
  • Follows department/work group processes, recommends improvements to them and develops new processes.
  • Able to document and publish technical documentations for general consumption.
  • Has broad knowledge of general business operations.
  • Knows & comprehend individual and project goals.
  • Understand the practical implications of one's work on operations or vice versa (e.g. materials availability, volume manufacturing environment).
  • Sees issues from customer's perspective and develops rapport with customers.
  • Acts in a responsive and flexible manner to balance customer requests with established priorities.
  • Understands impact of individual projects/process on customer's process and productivity.
  • Proficiently uses standard and specialized engineering tools and equipment used by the discipline and/or department. Uses PC, Emulator, Bus Analyzer, SIO Interface, and able to instrument using various equipment such as scope, logic analyzer, and other lab tools.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret documents such as technical reports, instructions, and procedures and scientific journals
  • Write technical reports/documentation, department procedures and business correspondence with good grammar, spelling, punctuation and structure.
  • .Proficiently apply principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra, advanced statistical theory, advanced mathematical concepts such as limits, rings, quadratic and differential equations, permutations, proofs of theorems, exponents, logarithms. Proficiently apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in written, mathematical or diagram form.
  • Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking.
  • Deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases.
  • Deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.



  • Bachelor'sin Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering + 5 - 7 years. related experience
  • Master degreein Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering + 3 - 5 years. related experience


  • Abilityto multi-task.
  • Ability to speak, read and write English.
  • Knows basic budgets/costs of program/project and their impact.
  • Ability topresent information, ideas, perspective, to peers, team members and managers and respond to questions effectively . Speak effectively one-on-one and in small group situations.
  • Productivity tools such MS Office a must

Additional Information

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functional design reviews
modern algebra
technical solutions
Read Channel ICs
sampling theory
advanced statistical theory
frequency distribution
advanced calculus
program/project technical strategy
advanced mathematical concepts
correlation techniques
component level checkout

Western Digital Corporation is an American computer hard disk drive manufacturer and data storage company, headquartered in San Jose, California. It designs, manufactures and sells data technology products, including storage devices, data center systems and cloud storage services.

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