Hardware Engineer

Date: Jul 10, 2024

Location: Roanoke, VA, Virginia, United States

Company: HII's Mission Technologies division

Requisition Number: 19464 

Required Travel: 0 - 10%

Employment Type: Full Time/Salaried/Exempt

Security Clearance: Ability to Obtain  

Level of Experience: Mid 


This opportunity resides with Cyber & Electronic Warfare, a business group within HII’s Mission Technologies division. HII works within our nation’s intelligence and cyber operations communities to defend our interests in cyberspace. Our deep expertise in network architecture, software and hardware development, cybersecurity and the electromagnetic environment uniquely enables us to support sensitive missions for federal agency partners.


Meet HII’s Mission Technologies Division
Our team of more than 7,000 professionals worldwide delivers all-domain expertise and advanced technologies in service of mission partners across the globe. Mission Technologies is leading the next evolution of national defense – the data evolution - by accelerating a breadth of national security solutions for government and commercial customers. Our capabilities range from C5ISR, AI and Big Data, cyber operations and synthetic training environments to fleet sustainment, environmental remediation and the largest family of unmanned underwater vehicles in every class. Find the role that’s right for you. Apply today. We look forward to meeting you.


To learn more about Mission Technologies, click here for a short video: https://vimeo.com/732533072


Job Description

Are you bored with the standard product development pipeline? 

Do you enjoy tinkering and learning how things work? 


HII Mission Technologies (HII MT) is seeking talented engineers who are excited to work in a flipped engineering environment. Our team in Roanoke, VA specializes in reverse engineering and microelectronics trust and assurance. 


Candidates for this position will contribute to the team by utilizing in-house software tools to reverse engineer hardware assets provided by the U.S. government. During the analysis, engineers will identify common hardware structures like embedded processors, DSPs, filters, transceivers, data links, and decoders and determine the operational parameters they were designed for. Candidates will be exposed to and learn about design techniques across a variety of domains such as cybersecurity, electronic warfare, encryption, radar, and satellite communications. 


The ideal candidate will have experience with hardware design and verification. We are particularly looking for candidates familiar with FPGA design (Quartus, Vivado, ISE), embedded system design, EDA tools (synthesis, P&R, simulation, formal verification), and/or microcontrollers. Experience with hardware hacking, side-channel attacks, and failure analysis is also valued in this position. 

Essential Job Responsibilities

Candidates for this position will be responsible for performing hardware analysis and reverse engineering of DoD assets. 

Candidates will be expected to produce clear documentation explaining the components, capabilities, and features of asset systems. 

The use of HII proprietary tools, FPGA vendor tools, and third-party EDA tools will be necessary to perform modeling, simulation, and analysis of targeted systems. 

Effective collaboration with teammates to produce cohesive results and create improved processes is required. 

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and be willing and able to obtain a DoD security clearance (if not already

Minimum Qualifications

5 years relevant experience with Bachelors in related field; 3 years relevant experience with Masters in related field; 0 years experience with PhD or Juris Doctorate in related field; or High School Diploma or equivalent and 9 years relevant experience.


You will meet our minimum qualifications if you… 
•    Are a United States citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance 
•    Have a bachelor’s ABET accredited degree with 5+ years of experience in a relevant engineering discipline 
•    Or have a master’s ABET accredited degree in a relevant engineering discipline 
•    Have experience with Verilog, System Verilog, or VHDL 
•    Have experience with industry-standard EDA tools and processes (synthesis, P&R, simulation, etc.)  
•    Have the ability to learn new skills quickly 

Preferred Requirements

You will go above and beyond if you… 

•    Already possess an active security clearance 

•    Have experience with debugging interfaces (JTAG, SWD, etc.) 

•    Have experience with signal protocol analysis (RS232, CAN, PCIe, Gigabit serial, etc.) 

•    Are proficient with ASIC, FPGA, or SOC design tools (Quartus, Vivado, ISE, etc.) 

•    Are proficient with EDA tools (Synopsis, Altium, Modelsim) 

•    Have experience with formal verification tools and methodologies (OneSpin 360, Questa, etc.) 

•    Have experience with modifying hardware to perform non-intended tasks 

•    Have experience bypassing encryption schemes (power glitching, side-channel attacks, etc.) 

HII is more than a job - it’s an opportunity to build a new future. We offer competitive benefits such as best-in-class medical, dental and vision plan choices; wellness resources; employee assistance programs; Savings Plan Options (401(k)); financial planning tools, life insurance; employee discounts; paid holidays and paid time off; tuition reimbursement; as well as early childhood and post-secondary education scholarships.


We build the world’s most powerful, survivable naval ships and defense technology solutions that safeguard our seas, sky, land, space and cyber. Our diverse workforce includes skilled tradespeople; artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML) experts; engineers; technologists; scientists; logistics experts; and business administration professionals.


Recognized as one of America’s top large company employers, we are a values and ethics driven organization that puts people’s safety and well-being first. Regardless of your role or where you serve, at HII, you’ll find a supportive and welcoming environment, competitive benefits, and valuable educational and training programs for continual career growth at every stage of your career.


Together we are working to ensure a future where everyone can be free and thrive.
Today’s challenges are bigger than ever, and the nation needs the best of us. It’s why we’re focused on hiring, developing and nurturing our diversity. We believe that diversity among our workforce strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas and enriches the work lives of all our employees. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.


Do You Need Assistance? 
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to buildyourcareer@hii-co.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address. Additionally, you may also call 1-844-849-8463 for assistance. Press #3 for HII Mission Technologies.