Principal Hardware Engineer - Wearables

Exactech, Inc.
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The Principal Hardware Engineer is responsible for leading the development of Exactech’s wearable sensors. This position leads / manages offshore firmware engineers and reports to the Director of Software Applications. If you are looking to transition into engineering management, this role would be a great fit.

Duties and Responsibilities (Key Deliverables):

1. Gather Customer requirements and envision system features and functionality.

2. Research hardware solutions and drive make vs buy decisions for the overall system and enclosure,

3. Lead the Firmware team to work on features that will enable Wearable system to communicate with the Exactech patient monitoring mobile apps on iOS and Android.

4. Define, write, and execute engineering Firmware validation test benches (functional systems test).

5. Take ownership of new projects and feature requests.

6. Establish timeframes and work schedules to meet deadlines.

7. Support users by developing documentation and assistance tools.

8. Proactively seek out opportunities to add improvements to projects, systems and enhance team relationships.

9. Provide thoughtful mentoring and guidance to other hardware and firmware engineers.

10. Collaborate with hardware designers, manufacturing engineers, as well as the Android and iOS teams to ensure a robust, flawless integration between hardware and software.

11. Work with Algorithm Engineers to define, test and optimize product sensor data, logging and power optimize battery life.

12. Be co-responsible for development, testing, maintenance and troubleshooting of Exactech’s firmware products.

13. A typical day includes PCB Design, Writing Firmware, Reviewing, Testing, Deployment and Standups.

14. Know and apply the Quality System and any appropriate Federal and International standards. 

15. Assist and support other employees, teams, and sales personnel as necessary.

Job Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related field from an accredited institution required.


● Minimum 7 years of firmware development experience. At least 2 years in a technical leadership role.

Functional/Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

● 5+ years of experience analyzing requirements, PCB design, and implementing hardware systems (preferably Wearables).

● Expertise in C / Assembly / RTOS based embedded platforms, especially using ARM.

● Experience with processor architecture, digital circuit design and various communication protocols such as I2C, UART, SPI, USB, etc.

● Experience optimizing performance and memory usage for resource based constrained embedded systems.

● Experience in use of inertial measurement units (IMUs) and other wearable sensors.

● Experience with battery operated designs and power management solutions for wearable devices.

● Experience in implementing wireless protocols (like BLE)

● Experience with medical device development would be a plus

● Solid understanding of networking, concurrency, and threading

● Great debugging and troubleshooting skills.

● Understanding of board level hardware design and components.

● Knowledge about processors, memories, sensors, and interfaces.

● Strong working knowledge of lab tools such as oscilloscope, power meters, logic analyzers, etc.

● Excellent written and verbal communications skills.




Bachelors or better.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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