Eaton Corporation Lead Software/Firmware Systems Engineer in Sarasota, Florida

Eaton’s Life Safety Division Group is seeking a Lead Software/Firmware Systems Engineer. The Lead Software/Firmware Systems Engineering will be based out of our Sarasota, FL or Long Branch, NJ location.

Positon Overview:

The Lead Software/Firmware Systems Engineering will be responsible for Software and Firmware architecture, design, implementation and test. The candidate will lead a small software team for new and existing products, and will perform hands-on embedded firmware development for use in Mass Notification and Life Safety Systems.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manage software and firmware engineering, driving projects and programs to completion per Eaton’s ProLaunch process.

  • Working closely with the Electrical Engineering Systems Leader, will help conceive, architect and develop a new product platform leveraging both firmware and software as required.

  • Transform end-user needs into architectures and specifications for software and firmware systems, evaluating candidate designs for their ability to satisfy end-user requirements and meet targets for maintainability, reliability, and testability.

  • Conduct thorough code design reviews to ensure reliability and mitigate project risk and to ensure proper documentation methods are followed.

  • Perform firmware and engineering on a variety of complex projects; apply a high level of technical knowledge to the development of plans and specifications, etc.

  • Design, implement, and test embedded firmware solutions on different platforms.

  • Design and develop platform communication protocols.

  • Design and develop platform database structures and dataflow diagrams.

  • Develop embedded Linux OS apps on a DSP or microprocessor platform e.g. Blackfin or ARM.

  • Read and interpret board level schematics.

  • Evaluate and select third party software tools and libraries as required.

  • Positively collaborate with cross functional members of the Engineering, Marketing, Field Ops, Sales, and Manufacturing teams.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum of 5 year of experience with Software and/or Firmware Engineering.

  • Minimum of 2 years of Systems Engineering.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with one of the following: embedded Linux, RTOS, µCLinux, C and/or C++.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience managing people as a project team leader or as a direct supervisor.

  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position. Only candidates that currently reside within the immediate geographical area of 50 miles of Sarasota, FL or Long Branch, NJ will be considered.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience with Blackfin or ARM processors

  • 3+ years as a direct Manager of People

  • 3+ years of experience with LCD display driver and embedded GUI design

  • 5+ years of experience with embedded board to board communications

  • 5+ years in software development including object-oriented programming and web/GUI design5+ years as a systems engineer architecting combined software and embedded products

  • 5+ years’ experience with Blackfin or ARM processors

  • 5+ years’ experience with PIC processors

  • Multicast Audio Streaming (server/client): RTP, RTCP, experience integrating 3rd party libraries

  • Experience designing and releasing products in a life safety, mission critical, medical, and/or regulatory controlled environment.

  • Experience integrating 3rd party libraries, open source SW tools/libraries into a BSP e.g. Dropbear

  • Designed and released products with an embedded web server – creation and design

  • Experience with Linux command line tools, scripting languages, Linux Kernels and internals

  • Experience with multicast networking fundamentals (UDP/RTP/RTCP)

  • Experience with UML

Position Criteria:

  • Willing to travel up to 10% of the time.

  • Strong communication skills and ability to articulate concepts to non-technical audiences

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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Job: Engineering

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico

Organization: LSD Life Safety Division EMEA

Job Level: Team Leader/Supervisor

Schedule: Full-time

Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No

Does this position offer relocation?: No

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time