Lead Firmware Engineer in Loveland, Colorado at Hach

Date Posted: 4/3/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: HAC005054

About Us

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world.
OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products.


Position Summary: 
We're seeking a senior level Firmware / Embedded Software Engineer who will lead the development of firmware used in our industry leading water quality analysis instrumentation.  S/he will be possess: a minimum of 10 years of experience programming in embedded C/C++: experience with a variety of microprocessors including ARM and PIC; Object Oriented Design experience and; experience leading and mentoring engineers. We are looking for an experienced leader/mentor/coach that has a strong interest in developing junior to senior engineers.

Essential Functions:
  • Designs, develops, modifies and implements software applications for embedded and desktop environments. 
  • Designs, develops, modifies, implements and executes unit tests and automated tests.
  • Supports and/or installs software applications/operating systems
  • Participates in the testing process through test review and analysis, test witnessing and certification of software
  • Actively tracks developments in the software community and incorporates them where appropriate
  • Works with business unit to evaluate and make recommendations on open innovation opportunities
  • Owns definition of overall product software architectures
  • Drives use of common components across software solutions
  • Coordinates across development efforts to ensure consistency and leverage of common technologies
  • Reviews design and development efforts by other teams to ensure adherence to standards
  • Plans, designs, and carries out programs, projects, studies, or other work independently. 
  • Provides expertise in the core scientific or engineering discipline to all areas of Hach and provides information on strategic planning, acquisitions, and technology evaluation.  Feedback is given to the Principal Scientist, Principal Engineer, or Executive Team Members

Other Non-Essential Functions:
  • Mentors junior scientists and engineers
  • DBS and Cross-Functional advocate

Job Requirements


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Computer or Electrical Engineering or related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of directly relevant experience 
  • Detailed understanding of software development methodologies for commercial products
  • Experience with Agile methodologies and scrum process
  • Experience with technical leadership
  • Strong background in software architecture and design
  • Experience with DevOps
  • Expert knowledge of software programming languages and tools required by project
  • Demonstrated skill in the areas required to perform this job:
  • Software Systems Architecture Design
  • Software Development and Testing
  • Software Build and Deployment
  • Software Troubleshooting
  • Software Documentation and Maintenance
  • Embedded Software Development
  • Expert knowledge C/C++ programing language
  • Expert knowledge of OOP and OOD application
  • Embedded and Desktop Linux development
  • Software Development Methodologies
  • Software Modeling and Design
  • VOC and Product Definition
  • Excellent Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Cross-Functional collaboration
  • Technical Leadership for Projects
  • Specialization in two or more of the following areas:
  • RTOS
  • GUI Design and Implementation
  • Networking and Communications Protocols
  • Localization and Internationalization
  • Database and Transaction Processing
  • Internet Standards and Protocols


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to stand/or sit, squat, turn/twist, reach, use hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell. 

The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions. 

The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

Employees will be required to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: eye, hearing and respiratory protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. Contact lenses may not be allowed in some areas.

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

Hach is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and industrial solutions. Our globally diverse team of 59,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $16.5B in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 2,000 percent over 20 years. 

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

For additional company details, see www.danaher.com


Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies.