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BrightDrop EP1 – Embedded Hardware Engineers and Circuit Design

  • Palo Alto
  • Engineering
  • Added
  • JR-000034875


At BrightDrop, we are reshaping e-commerce by developing smarter, greener, and more efficient ways to deliver goods and services to your door, while delivering a brighter future for the cities where we live. We are building an ecosystem of all-electric, zero-emissions delivery solutions – from electric vehicles, to ePallets and software that leverages real-time data to drive intelligent optimizations for e-commerce. To deliver on our mission we are growing fast and building a team, based in Palo Alto, with offices in Atlanta and Detroit, that is customer-focused, agile and passionate about innovating for a more sustainable future.  

From engineering to product management and operations, BrightDrop is looking for people who can combine a passion for technology and sustainability with high doses of curiosity and rigorous thinking to deliver a better future. 

Backed by General Motors, BrightDrop is striving to improve the communities where we live and deliver a better future for generations to come. We hope you’ll join us. 

The Role:

As an Embedded Hardware Engineer, you will be responsible for the design, development and validation of electrical components and modules for the BrightDrop EP1.  This includes PCBA circuit simulation, schematics, layout, design, system analysis, hands on development, and testing for our internally design electronics.  You will be working closely with the Product Engineering team and supporting the identification and selection of capable supplier while leading activities from prototype to production scale. 

Additional Description


  • Design and development of custom electronics for the BrightDrop EP1 from concept to scaled production. 

  • Designing schematic to meet global best practices and robustness, including EMC, ESD, and environmental conditions.

  • PCBA layout and routing 2-4 layer boards.

  • Detailed BOM tracking.

  • Rendering 3D CAD models of PCB for mechanical integration.

  • Create complete wiring diagrams.

  • Hands-on electronics prototyping, including soldering SMT components and custom wiring.

  • Designing and building test benches.

  • Selecting and supporting the sourcing of components in prototype and production phases.

  • Designing EOL flashing/testing apparatuses for module assembler.

  • Continuous integration, including automated test cases, HIL and SIL testing.

  • Designing and executing validation plans.

  • Leading hardware DFMEA and peer reviews.

  • Work closely with software engineers on integration of hardware and software.

  • Providing technical input on a variety creative and ambiguous projects.


  • BS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent engineering field (Masters preferred).

  • 5+ years of experience in digital and analog electronic circuits and modules

  • Experience in design of modules and controls for electric motors and robotics

  • Experience with Electronic certifications, including UL

  • High-speed communication experience, including CAN and CANopen

  • Fundamental software controls experience

  • Firmware experience highly desired. 

  • Positive attitude, integrity, and confidentiality.

  • High level of independent judgment and decision making.

  • Ability to work comfortably and effectively with a cross functional team.

  • Action-oriented and drives for results.   

  • High level analytical ability. 

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at . In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.