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Principal Engineer - EMC

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Date: Mar 23, 2018

Location: Troy, MI, US

Company: NSNA

Company Overview

Nippon Seiki is a world-class manufacturer of instruments for vehicles, agricultural, and construction equipment. Established in 1945, Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Japan, with numerous facilities worldwide. N.S. International, Ltd. ("NSI"), a group company of Nippon Seiki, located in Troy, MI, is a tier one supplier of instrument clusters and head-up display units for FCA US, General Motors, BMW, Honda, Harley Davidson, Suzuki, Polaris, Arctic Cat and other OEM's.

Purpose of Job

The EMC Principal Engineer is responsible for predicting and preventing potential EMC challenges, recommending optimized designs, and resolving EMC challenges. This individual has the responsibility to ensure the product meets EMC performance requirements as well as take ownership on resolving EMC issues. The job includes but is not limited to reviewing EMC test plans for instrument clusters and / or HUD assemblies and components, EMC simulations, EMC Schematic Design Reviews, EMC Artwork Design Reviews, and EMC Product Design Reviews, supporting other areas of engineering from concept to production.  This individual needs to have a strong technical and leadership background to do engineering calculations, simulations, and solve EMC related design challenges.

Major Duties/Responsibilities

Top duties or activities with the approximate percentage of time spent on each duty in a given year. Not all tasks/steps performed are listed.


% of Role Focus

Major Duty / Responsibility of Job
1. 25%
  • Review circuit and artwork designs for EMC best practices to meet the customer specifications.
  • Reviews instrument cluster and HUD product structure for EMC best practices and provides design optimizations to meet the customer specifications.
  • Review Test Plans and provide recommendations to improve testing setup and DUT control.
2. 25%
  • Manage and debug EMC failures with design engineers, providing countermeasure recommendations.
  • Manage, maintain and update proper operational procedures of all test equipment including spectrum analyzers, EMC receivers, preamplifiers, quasi-peak adapters, signal/impulse generators, antennas, oscilloscopes, near field probes, etc.
3. 15%
  • Responsible to create, define and maintain EMC best practices database and checklist for circuit design and artwork.
  • Responsible to develop and maintain processes related to EMC.
4. 10%
  • Manage, analyze and interpret customer specifications for the instrument cluster, HUD, EMC designs.
  • Research advanced EMC design theory in the technical areas of shielding, filtering, grounding, bonding, cabling, gasketing, waveguides, printed circuit board layout methods, and testing methods and processes.
5. 10%
  • Responsible to develop, manage and maintain an EMC benchmark database to improve future designs.
  • Responsible for research and development of new and innovative solutions to improve designs for EMC compliance.
  • Improve designs while taking into consideration of constraints and tradeoffs to achieve effective EMI mitigation techniques.


  • Create Emission and Immunity Simulations to predict compliance.
  • Prepare Power Integrity and Signal Integrity Noise Simulation.
  • Recommend and implement Simulation Tool Applications.
7. 5%
  • Track and provide regular status updates on project activities and progress to leadership.
  • Provide EMC training, coaching, and mentoring to engineering teams.

Education, Experience and Knowledge

Required and/or preferred level of education, knowledge and skills that are necessary.


Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent as a minimum. Master’s degree is preferred.

Related Experience
  • 8 – 10 years of comprehensive experience in electrical engineering and mechanical principals.
  • Expert knowledge of industry EMC standards as well as OEM EMC standard.
  • Work requires the ability to use EMC simulation tools to predict design challenges.
  • Working knowledge of CISPR 25, ISO 11452, ISO 7637, ISO 10605, and other industry standards (e.g. IATF 16949).
  • Strong EMC and launch experience in the automotive industry.
  • Working knowledge of all Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to plan and organize with attention to detail and following through.
  • Work independently as well as within a team environment.
  • Significant and extensive experience in simulation, design, analysis, troubleshooting, testing.
  • Solid understanding of Electromagnetic, Microwave, Antenna, Circuit Theory.
Special Training or Competency Technical Leadership: Includes being the subject matter expert in this field.  Ability to motivate the organization, enforce product technical excellence and sponsor innovation among the team.
NSI Competencies
  • Adaptation/Flexibility: Includes keeping an open mind regarding new ideas and ways of doing things. Willing to consider alternative interpretations or ways of looking at the situation. Demonstrating flexibility.
  • Initiative/ Results Driven: Includes setting high standards of performance for self and others. Striving to accomplish goals even if it means personal sacrifice. Putting the goals of the organization above own goals.
  • Judgment/ Decision Making: Includes making decisions and takes actions that have beneficial impact. Effectively evaluating information in order to come up with sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Resource Management: Includes setting clear objectives to guide action for self or others to accomplish goals. Organizing or adjusting information, people and materials to meet those goals.
  • Team Work: Includes encouraging and supporting the ideas and effort of others. Finding ways to help the team or group perform effectively.


Additional Information

Work Hours Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5pm. Off-hours as needed.
Travel Requirements 10% internationally and/or domestically.
Additional Information  



The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

N.S. International, Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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