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Controls Engineer 

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About the Organization Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, HDT Global is the industry leader in engineering, designing and manufacturing leading-edge military expeditionary products, rugged industrial/commercial products, and products for medical rehabilitation. Our product lines include shelters, heaters, environmental control units (ECUs), power generators, chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear (CBRN) air filtration and collective protection systems, military vehicles, perimeter protection systems, and robotics including manipulator arms, vehicles, and healthcare solutions.

Additionally, HDT’s success and longevity is based on the full range of engineering services we offer, including design, analysis, testing, validation, training, and installation. These services provide the foundation of our innovation, providing ongoing research and development.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location HDT (Fredericksburg, VA)  


A Control Systems / Embedded Software Engineer well rounded in control systems fundamentals to join a team creating novel robotic devices for diverse applications in medical, military, and scientific research fields. The candidate will participate in all aspects of control systems design and embedded software engineering including architecture definition, requirements analysis, design, implementation, test, and documentation. The software may range from low level device drivers and motor commutation to communications, power management and high level applications controlling robotic devices. The candidate should be comfortable with hands-on debugging that spans the mechanical, electrical, and control system domains typical of robotic systems. The successful candidate will have the ability to translate objectives to results and deliverables with little oversight and direction; to lead software development projects of moderate to high complexity and to work in a highly-collaborative, multi-disciplinary team environment.


  • C/C++ software development
  • Designing and implementing control algorithms
  • Development under Real-time Operating Systems (preferably QNX)
  • Familiarity with instrumentation & tools required for debug, test and integration of embedded systems, including oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, etc.
  • Knowledge of software configuration management tools
  • Development of device drivers and board support packages
  • Experience in the creating technical documentation in a regulated environment
  • Ability and desire to learn new concepts and skills quickly
  • Strong control systems fundamentals
  • Strong robotics fundamentals (kinematics, dynamics, sensing, etc.)




Position Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Experience with robot locomotion
  • Experience with exoskeleton robotics
  • Experience with computer vision and motion planning
  • Experience with localization, mapping, and autonomous navigation
  • Experience with communications protocols and peripherals (CAN, TCP/IP, etc.)
  • Experience with software safety
  • Experience with motor control and sensor interfacing
  • Experience with Matlab
  • Experience with ROS (Robot Operating System) and Python
  • Strong electronics fundamentals as well as practical skills with circuit troubleshooting


  • MS in Mechanical/Electrical engineering, Physics or a related field preferred
  • 5 - 10 years of demonstrated experience in embedded software development


Number of Openings 1  

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