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Reliability Network Principal Engineer

Company: Itron, Inc.
Location: Liberty Lake
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Itron is hiring for the position of Reliability Network Principal Engineer at one of our major facility in Oconee, South Carolina. This factory has development, production and services activities for Itron's portfolio of products such as Gas, Water and Electricity meters. Reporting into Global Reliability Engineering group (GRE) located in San Jose, California.

Position Objective:

In this role, you will be a key member of multiple teams to ensure proper execution of tasks during the product development cycle (PLC), to follow the strength of the product reliability in production, and to make sure that the field products are reliable in a stable network infrastructure.

You need to be able to work harmoniously with a variety of teams such as the product core team, Product/program managers, global test teams, etc. as it is essential to share globally the best knowhow from network topology, network structure, product field returns, production data and analysis, and development guidelines and Lessons Learned.

Key Responsibilities

Team up with field personnel for Field Products and Network stability assessments

Monitor and test the network performance. Provide reports with defined KPI results for network efficiency, reliability (infrastructure & systems) single point of failures, incidents impact, redundancies.

Compare these analyses with the expected network and system reliability.

Proactively suggest and implement actions to prevent product returns and to optimize the network efficiency (downtime, single point of failure, etc.). Facilitate the implementation of Itron Network best practices guidelines at customer sites Actively participate with quality approach to launch new products in the field from pilot to high volume.

Be a key member of the Product Life Cycle (PLC) for R&D System reliability development and sub-network verifications

Provide feedback to the development team with guidelines based on experience gathered in the actual field network implementation. Ensure that the Verification and Validation tests are covering the physics of failures from simulation, previous products test, sub-network results (meter farm), field returns. Verify that the system reliability requirements meet with the physical characteristic of the product Influence the development team for proper assessment and implementation of new technologies.

As a global quality leader, ensure adherence of procedures and methodologies

Assist Customer Facing teams for architectural and deployment network issues Provide guides to a variety of teams for system and network future development by sponsoring roadmap, physical of failures correlation between system HW, FW and SW, network topology infrastructure, reliability simulation at system and network level. Benchmark the Network infrastructure for best solution leveraging knowledge (customers & competitors)

Conduct research on network products, services, protocols and standards in the network industry for best interaction with extended teams (R&D engineers, Mfg, Field, etc.).


Knowledge of wireless devices such as wireless devices like IoT, M2M technology, Smart Grid mesh, modem and metering technology, be familiar with major carriers and their protocols

Preferred experience in protocol analyzers/sniffers such as Wireshark

Understand basic TCP/IP protocols

Strong knowledge on WiFi, cellular communication

Expert on 4G wireless standard protocols and network features such as LTE

Be able to perform signal integrity (SI), transmission line, power integrity (PI) design analysis

Note: The person in this role needs to understand the End-to-End process (from product concept to field returns analysis).

The candidate needs to be strong on theNetwork side, and fair knowledge ofQuality concepts like Test/Field Engineering as well as Root Cause Analysis

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or similardegree,or equivalent with some analog and RF data communications background

Experience: At least 5 years + experience as a quality, test engineer and/or field engineer in a wireless systems manufacturing and development environment

Strong technical experience as a Development Engineer, Test Engineer or field in an RF and Data Communications or Network Equipment manufacturing and development environment

Network topology optimization and calculation with field deployment practical experience

Proficient in RF or mixed signal product functional test system development

High volume RF and wireless product test experience.

Experienced with lab/test equipment: Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyzer, Network Analyzer, RF and data communications test sets

Must be comfortable working with board level schematics

Strong analytical, technical, and problem-solving skills

Able to work with Engineering to resolve component qualification issues with documented test results

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Must have ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment

Self-motivated; able to demonstrate initiative and drive toward completion of objectives

Background of Product Engineering, Test Engineering or Design Engineering is a plus

If you require an accommodation in order to apply to this position, please contact your local recruiting representative at 1-800-635-5461 or email .

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: .


Itron is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, veteran status, disability, genetic information, gender identity or other characteristics protected by law.

Keywords: Itron, Inc., Coeur d'Alene , Reliability Network Principal Engineer, Other , Liberty Lake, Idaho

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