Lead Engineering Technician

Engineering | Morrisville, NC (RTP), United States
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We’re Hiring a Lead Engineering Technician!   



If you are excited and passionate about helping #LetsSolveWater, consider joining our team today!  Xylem, Inc. is a leading global water technology company servicing more than 150 countries and is dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues.  We are looking for individuals to join our mission by exceeding customer expectations through smart sustainable solutions.  At Xylem, you will have the opportunity to solve water by participating in our paid Volunteer Program, Xylem Watermark! 



THE ROLE: The Lead Engineering Technician is part of the Global Hardware Team consisting of dedicated and talented individuals responsible for the design, development, verification, and sustaining of a wide variety of products. The team designs, tests, and supports products that meet utility and industry requirements as well as internal requirements for reliability, performance, accuracy, and cost. This includes, but is not limited to, water, electric, and gas meters, smartpoints, cathodic protection devices, smart gateways, Distribution Automation products, handheld computers, installations and interrogation devices, and a wide variety of RF communication products. These products are state-of-the art microcontroller or DSP based embedded systems, typically with integrated radios, where the electronic design is typically battery powered and must operate in harsh environments for 20 years.


We offer a full benefits package to include 4 WEEKS Paid Time Off (PTO) for hourly positions, health, dental, vision, investment savings plan, and other additional miscellaneous benefits.  



CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:  To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 

  • Perform current consumption analysis on all new product releases to validate compliance with energy constraints.  Update the process and methods to improve automation, efficiency and repeatability.
  • Design, build and modify engineering prototypes, including electronic printed circuit board assemblies
  • Act as team lead to shepherd a product through the design process
  • Identify and champion process improvements
  • Assemble products, test fixtures, or other devices/equipment to support the engineering design teams
  • Design, specify, and build custom test fixtures and lab tools to support product testing/verification and prototype builds.
  • Soldering of fine pitch electronics circuits – replacing components, making circuit modifications, building prototypes, repairing circuits, etc.
  • Conduct basic circuit testing and analysis
  • Conduct xray analysis of circuit board assemblies
  • Management, calibration, and repair of all test equipment used by the R&D teams in Morrisville.
  • Establish and perform preventative maintenance on specific test equipment and machinery
  • Manage inventory and stocking of all lab consumables
  • Place small dollar orders as required for components, lab supplies, test fixture components, materials for design experimentation, etc. 
  • Reconcile financial records from purchasing activities
  • Ability to automate test methods
  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities




  • AS degree in Electronic Technology or equivalent experience
  • IPC certification in fine pitch soldering and circuit repair. 
  • 10+ years' working in an electronics design lab and/or manufacturing environment
  • Ability to autonomously manage and schedule work within established procedures and practices
  • Demonstrated experience working on electronic assemblies with fine pitch components, including thru hole, surface mount, WLCSP, BGAs and 0201 sized passive components.
  • Experience using schematic capture and PCB layout tools (Altium preferred) and analog simulation (LT Spice or equivalent)
  • Excellent testing and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent organizational capabilities
  • Experience with inventory and equipment management and maintenance
  • Solid mechanical aptitude, experience with operating machinery
  • Sound knowledge of electronics fundamentals
  • Proficient with PCs and Microsoft Office tools
  • Good multi-tasking abilities
  • Customer focused and service oriented behaviors
  • Ability to manage 3rd party suppliers and service providers
  • Experience with electronic test equipment such as oscilloscopes, DAQs, thermal chambers, ESD guns, signal generators, power meters, multimeters
  • Work individually or as a team.
  • At times must prioritize and execute on multiple projects, other times must focus on single critical tasks.
  • Excellent communications skills
  • The ability and desire to work in a fast paced environment, engaging with a cross functional team (e.g. electrical, firmware, mechanical and system test engineers) to contribute to the development of a complex AMI/AMR system
  • Experience with Labview or other languages/tools used in automating electronic and mechanical testing.
  • Familiarity with industry standards for utility products (ANSI, FCC, Intrinsic Safety, etc)




  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility
  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements.
  • Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours




Starting pay is dependent on multiple factors, such as skills, experience, and work location, and is not typically at the top of the range.  At Xylem we offer a competitive compensation package with a generous benefit package, including Medical, Dental, Vision plans, 401(k) with company contribution, paid time off, paid parental leave and tuition reimbursement.   


At Xylem, we embrace diversity and strive to create avenues where employees feel valued and appreciated through our DE&I initiatives and Employee Resources Groups (ERG).  Xylem is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action workplace.  Xylem prohibits discrimination, harassment of any kind and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or sexual orientation (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, medical conditions or disability, genetic information, age, or other non-merit factors.   


Join the global Xylem team today!  Xylem is a team creating advanced technology solutions to the world’s water challenges through developing new technologies and services that will improve the way water is used, conserved, and re-used in the future is central to our work. Our products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor, and return water to the environment, in public utility, industrial, residential, and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities.  


Disclaimer: The information listed within this job description is designed to indicate the general nature of work expected for this position and shall not be viewed as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required in this position.  Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily and if requested, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job absent undue hardship.  Xylem reserves the right to modify this job description or assign other duties to this position as needed. 

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