Nightforce Optics, Inc.
  • 11-Jan-2018 to 31-May-2018 (PST)
  • R&D - Electrical
  • Orofino, ID, USA
  • DOE, Commensurate with skills and experience
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Comprehensive Benefits package included

About Nightforce Optics
Nightforce Optics is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics products, including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories. Known for its rugged products designed for use in punishing conditions, Nightforce is the industry benchmark for high-quality, high-performance products. Nightforce Optics, Inc., was established in 1992 with one goal in mind: to build the finest riflescopes on the market. The same qualities that have made Nightforce the choice of professionals have now created a dedicated following among hunters and serious shooters.

Note: All job offers are contingent on passing pre-employment requirements, including a drug screen and criminal background check. Applicants must also be a "US Person" as defined by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).


Purpose:  Responsible for integration of electro-mechanical and/or electro-optical systems into riflescopes, sporting optics and related accessories.  Must possess the ability to apply the following: Analog and digital circuit design, PCB layout, embedded firmware, software for PC and mobile devices, and testing/validation for project specific goals. The Embedded Electrical Engineer works closely with the R&D Team, Engineering machine shop, Sales and production/vendors.  The position reports to the Engineering Leader. 

  • Associate or Bachelor's degree in Engineering, related technical degree, or equivalent work experience and education
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in hands-on hardware and firmware design
  • Working knowledge of signal processing, communication protocols, sensing, displays, PCB layout, programming languages, and wireless communications
  • Ability to prioritize workload effectively and manage a project from concept to full production
  • Languages: C/C++, Assembly
  • Prototype fabrication and assembly, including surface mount and through hole soldering, testing and validation
  • Solid debugging skills and the ability to solve difficult problems
  • Self-motivated to resolve problems in creative ways, researching new technologies and standards
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and skills quickly
  • Dynamic and open minded
  • Must have excellent written & verbal communication skills, be team-oriented and be able to work autonomously

The following qualifications would be considered a plus: 

  • Proficient with embedded test equipment
  • Software: Altium Designer, Eclipse, Atollic TrueSTUDIO, Subversion, Redmine
  • Real-time, event driven firmware programming
  • Low power, battery operated hardware and firmware design
  • Protocols: USB, SPI, I2C, RS-232/485, Bluetooth, 802.15.4 (Zigbee)
  • Graphical user interface and human interface device design
  • Optical and opto-mechancial experience
  • Contribute expertise to and learn from the R&D group 

Core Accountabilities

  • Component selection and circuit design for position sensing, environmental sensing, data display, user interface, wired and wireless communications in battery operated systems
  • Assemble and validate high reliability prototypes for in-field use
  • Provide technical documentation and support for production, including PCB design files, bill of materials, firmware binaries, assembly/operating procedures, testing and inspection criteria, etc.
  • Coordinate with other team members to ensure proper fit, form, and function using 3D models, drawings, etc.
  • Work directly with prototype shops ensuring timely delivery of prototypes to verify new designs
  • Serve as the technical correspondent to Materials making sure product details are successfully communicated to vendors
  • Ensure vendors comply with specs and are approved prior to manufacturing according to organizational guidelines.
  • Work with customer requests, sales vision and emerging technologies to ensure projects fulfill market demand and sales potential.
  • Manage modifications to all design files and documentation.
  • Task status is regularly and formally communicated to project teams
  • Ensure changes follow the ECO process and are documented appropriately
  • Provide feedback to design engineers on customer problems and needs
  • Conduct research that tests and analyses the feasibility, design, operation and performance of equipment and components and systems.
  • Recommend design modification to eliminate quality issues
  • Guide product through the entire design phase, including the transfer from final design samples to implemented production.


  • Define methodology and present proposals for process improvements
  • Detail process design improvements to relevant US standards
  • Manage procurement of equipment and jigs and fixtures
  • Prepare information for quotes for new product and product parts
  • Plan & manage projects within outlined scope and within acceptable time frames
  • Contribute to cost down projects

Nightforce Optics is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, disability or any other category protected by law.

For more information about our company and our products, please go to




HSEC Awareness/Accountability (Health, Safety, Environment and Community)

  • Managing and taking action to improve conditions that affect employee safety, health, the environment and community; enforcing regulations/procedures; encouraging others to follow procedures by example; implementing appropriate and timely resources to ensure comprehensive HSEC systems in place to achieve organizational goals.

Organizational Alignment

  • Taking action to optimize personal contribution to the business; looking for opportunities to contribute to improved profit and growth; recognizing business opportunities or threats early; broad understanding of commercial issues; establishing networks to draw on for support

Operational Decision Making

  • Committing to an action related to operational (day to day) effectiveness after developing and considering alternative courses of action that are derived from logical assumptions, factual information, resource constraints and organizational values.

Teamwork (Cooperation)

  • Active participation in, and facilitation of, team effectiveness; taking actions that demonstrate consideration for the feelings and needs of others; being aware the effect one's behavior has on others.


  • Working effectively with others in the organization outside the line of formal authority (such as peers in other units or senior management) to accomplish organizational goals and to identify and resolve problems.


  • Expressing ideas effectively, both verbally and in writing; adjusting language or terminology to the characteristics and needs of the audience; producing organized, well-structured, grammatically correct documents with the language and terminology adjusted for the recipient(s)

Individual Leadership (Influence)

  • Continuously seeking (or encouraging others to seek) opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing organizational problems and opportunities; using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to inspire and guide individuals and teams towards goal achievement; establishing and accomplishing significant personal and team goals.

Work Standards

  • Setting high goals or standards of performance for self, subordinates, others, and the organization; being dissatisfied with average performance; self imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed by others.

Performance under Pressure

  • Performing consistently under pressure and/or opposition and still meets time, budget and output targets, maintains standards, manages stress and delegates effectively.

Technical Knowledge

  • Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skills/knowledge in job-related areas; keeping abreast of current developments and trends in areas of expertise.

Technical Proficiency

  • Having achieved a satisfactory level of performance in specific technical/professional area.
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Our Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on EEO, please see the federal government poster EEO is the Law, and the EEO is the Law Supplement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, disability or any other category protected by law. All job offers are subject to successfully completing pre-employment requirements including a drug screen and criminal background check.

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