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L3Harris Lead FPGA Design Engineer in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Lead FPGA Design Engineer

Job ID SAS20201908-49495


L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue, 50,000 employees and customers in more than 130 countries. at


Job Title: Lead FPGA Design Engineer

Job Code: SAS20201908-49495

Job Location: Fort Wayne, IN

Job Description:

This position will lead FPGA Firmware Engineering activities in the Space Systems Sector within the Space & Airborne Systems (SAS) Segment of L3Harris. The SAS Segment provides critical mission solutions for space and airborne domains with defense, intelligence, and commercial applications.

Essential Functions:

The Lead FPGA Engineer will perform the following:

  • Support proposal efforts in the estimation and planning of end-to-end FPGA development.

  • Decompose and allocate system and box-level requirements to FPGA requirements and specifications.

  • Architect solutions against requirements and implement those solutions in various FPGA technologies or platforms.

  • Lead small teams of engineers in executing FPGA development of highly reliable and robust FPGA designs.

  • Follow, enforce, and refine consistent firmware development processes across FPGA designs.

  • Develop HDL code for module and top level and generate appropriate testbench and verification environments.

  • Map FPGA simulation work products to system-level requirements and capabilities.

  • Synthesize designs to targeted technologies and perform constraint driven place and route and analysis.

  • Ensure FPGA simulations verify performance, then integrate and test the FPGA on the circuit card assembly.


  • BS Degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering with 9 years professional experience, or Graduate degree and a minimum of 7 years relevant experience.

  • Secret security clearance

  • Experience with VHDL, FPGA design process, and tools used to generate FPGA designs

  • Experience with vendor tool suites such as Xilinx, Microsemi, Intel, or Altera

  • Experience with architecting solutions against requirements and implementing solutions

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Top Secret security clearance

  • Version control tools (subversion, git, etc)

  • Designing for space environments

  • High speed memory interfaces

  • High speed serial protocols (PCI Express, SRIO, Ethernet)

  • Analog to Digital (AD) and Digital to Analog (DA) interfaces

  • Control protocols such I2C, SPI, RS-232/422, and SpaceWire

  • Network interfaces and protocols

  • Linting and CDC analysis tools

  • Xilinx, Microsemi, Intel, and Altera Tool Suites (VHDL, Synthesis, Place and Route, Simulation, Timing Analysis)

  • Work in an integrated team environment with Hardware, Software, and Systems Engineering

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.