Hardware Engineer

Who we are
Spoondrift is powered by the dream to make ocean wave observations and visualization widely available to ocean communities, professionals, and enthusiasts. Our team combines expertise in ocean science, technology, engineering and innovation to develop new solutions for ocean exploration. We are a bunch of ocean enthusiasts, with offices in Half Moon Bay, walking distance to Mavericks.

Spoondrift recently launched Spotter, an ocean wave-current sensor that is developed through a combination of design thinking and ocean science to provide extreme affordability and usability. The Spotter system consists of a globally-connected, solar-powered wave-current buoy that is integrated into an online app for real-time data access. You turn it on and data flows to your dashboard; it’s that simple.

We are looking to hire an engineer who can support our current hardware needs and join our team in Half Moon Bay, right next to Mavericks.


Who you are
  • You are someone who is self-driven, a natural problem solver with solid hardware knowledge and have worked on development and/or production of a commercial product before. 
  • You have experience building and testing hardware and documenting procedures. 
  • You thrive in a dynamic team in which you have to be scrappy to get things done, and have full ownership and responsibility for your piece of the project.

Your Responsibilities
Provide technical and hardware support for the Spotter platform and new developments.
More specifically: 
  • Perform QA and testing procedures 
  • Guide and support electronics manufacturing
  • Bring up electronics and get hardware ready to ship
  • Develop test apps to improve testing procedures
  • Diagnose and debug new hardware issues
  • Build, manage, improve and document test procedures
  • Set up hardware for testing purposes

Your Capabilities and Experience
  • Experience designing, building and testing electronic circuits and systems
  • Experience developing and building test apps
  • Experience with both prototype and production level hardware
  • Experience with organization and documentation of hardware procedures
  • Knowledge and learning equivalent to Bachelors (BSc) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering.
  • 2-4 years of experience working with product team that has launched a hardware product
  • Competency in Python and experience with embedded C/C++
  • Solid understanding of fundamentals of electronics and digital circuits

Bonus Points
  • Experience with firmware development
  • Savvy with Matlab
  • Love of the ocean, love of science and learning.

If this aligns with your passion and experience, we would love to hear from you! Email your message and resume to anke@spoondrift.co