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Embedded Systems Engineer

Mach Industries

Mach Industries

Software Engineering
Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, January 6, 2024

Backed by $80M in funding from investors such as Bedrock, Sequoia, BoxGroup, DCVC, and others, Mach Industries is a defense technology company with a mission to create better defense systems for the US and its allies. With a vertically integrated supply chain, we offer capabilities impossible with conventional methods.

Role Summary:

The Embedded Software Engineer will play a pivotal role in the development of our cutting-edge embedded systems, focusing on firmware development, prototyping, and design for aerospace vehicles. This position requires advanced technical skills in embedded software development, programming for microcontrollers, and knowledge of system-level integration. As a core member of the engineering team, you will contribute significantly to the Mach software team.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Software System Design:
    Utilize your expertise in embedded systems software design to develop firmware for the control and operation of our embedded systems in weapons applications.

  2. Prototyping and Testing:
    Take an active role in sourcing components, firmware specifications, system integration, and troubleshooting of completed embedded system designs, ensuring they meet performance and quality standards.

  3. Embedded Systems Controls:
    Implement control algorithms for the precise movement and operation of embedded systems within the weapons platform.

  4. Collaboration:
    Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to seamlessly integrate your embedded system designs into the broader project scope.

  5. Hardware Interaction:
    Work in tandem with hardware engineers to ensure optimal communication between software and embedded hardware components.

  6. Continuous Learning:
    Stay abreast of the latest technologies and methodologies in embedded systems engineering to bring innovative solutions to the team.

  7. Quality Assurance:
    Ensure that all software designs and integrations meet industry and defense standards for quality, performance, and safety.

  8. Documentation:
    Maintain detailed records of software designs, specifications, and testing protocols for compliance and future reference.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.

  • 3+ years experience working on embedded systems for aerospace applications.

  • Proficiency in C/C++/Rust, or similar programming languages for embedded systems.

  • Experience using RTOS.

  • Proven experience in embedded software development and prototyping, preferably in a product development setting.

  • Hands-on experience with microcontrollers and embedded systems.

  • Solid fundamentals of the entire software development life-cycle, including architecture, design, development, deployment and support of complex software systems.

  • Proactively identify opportunities for improvement and take initiative to propose and implement solutions that enhance efficiency, quality and overall project success.

  • Contribute to agile project planning and task generation, including communicating risks, issues and blockers.

  • Ability to work on-site in Huntington Beach, CA.

  • U.S. security clearance eligibility.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Rust programming language (Embassy framework strongly preferred).

  • Knowledge of communication protocols such as SPI, I2C, and UART.

  • Experience writing drivers for complex sensors (IMU, LIDAR, etc).

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate is not only an embedded systems software engineer but also comfortable taking ownership of tasks beyond the purely software domain, such as system analysis and controls. The ideal candidate will be a problem-solver adept at translating complex engineering challenges into practical, deployable solutions.


This position may require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Please note that any offer for employment may be conditioned on authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export control laws and regulations without sponsorship for an export license.

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors, inclusive of base salary only. Actual salary offers may vary based on (but not limited to) work experience, education and training, critical skills, and business considerations. Highly competitive equity grants are included in most offers and are considered part of Mach’s total compensation package. Mach offers benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, and opportunities for professional development.

Mach is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be treated with respect and receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, uniform service, Veteran status, age, or any other protected characteristic per federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws. If you’d like to defend the American way of life, please reach out!