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ETL Systems - Software Engineer

Industry Sector:
Defence, Electronics, Marine, Production, Systems, Telecoms, Digital Comms & Networks
South West England, West Midlands

Software Engineer
Location: Hereford

The successful candidate will need to design, develop and test hardware/firmware in a variety of applications and platforms. This role would be best suited to an experienced engineer with 5 years or more in a similar position.

Experience and knowledge is required in the following areas:

  • Solid C Programming
  • Driver interfacing to SPI, I2C, RS485, CAN and Ethernet
  • Serial/Network Communications

ETL design and build high performance satellite communications and Radio Frequency (RF) equipment, with a focus on customisation and customer service. In FY2016, 91% of our sales were exports.

ETL's products are distributed globally to some of the world's largest satellite communication companies, ranging from Viasat, Intelsat, BBC and CNN through to Eutelsat and Reuters.

Our products are generally used in satellite ground stations and include switch matrices, splitters, amplifiers, and fibre optic equipment. Our customers include governments, satellite operators, telecoms companies, and broadcasters.

8 of the top 12 NATO governments use ETL products to protect their citizens. 14 of the top 20 global satellite operators also use ETL equipment. Our commitment to customer service and product quality meant that in 2015 64% of our customers were repeat customers, which accounted for 85% of our sales. RF switch matrices, which account for about half our sales, route signals in satellite ground stations and are mission critical to the users: broadcasters, satellite operators and governments. Our success is based on compact designs, excellent technical performance and resilience.

ETL has 107 staff. These are mostly based in the UK - in our main facility in Hereford, and our R&D Centre near Watford. We have 5 international staff in our offices in the USA and Dubai. The staff are approximately split 1/3 in Assembly, Integration & Test; 1/3 in Engineering; and 1/3 on the commercial & HR side.

We are fully integrated - from a design and production perspective. Our design skills include: RF, PCB, electrical, mechanical, and software. Our production capabilities include pick-and-place PCB assembly, hand assembly, and full testing facilities.

The company was awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise in 2007, 2009 and 2013 for outstanding growth in International trade, as seen by ETL's impressive sales increases per year since 2005.

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