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Hardware Systems Quality Engineer



Other Engineering, Quality Assurance
Multiple locations
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024
This is a remote position that can be based in San Jose, CA, Petaluma, CA, or Minneapolis, MN.

Calix is seeking a talented and passionate engineer to lead hardware system quality assurance within the hardware development group. This position ensures things don’t fall through the cracks at the boundary between hardware and software integration. The ideal individual has an understanding of both hardware and software design and test. They will be responsible for enumerating all hardware capabilities and establishing a plan to verify proper hardware-software system behavior. This position ensures the hardware-software integration is robust with no defects escaping into the field. The lead will develop custom test hardware, automated test suites and robust diagnostics suites. This position coordinates with multiple organizations within Calix including hardware engineering, software development and test, manufacturing test, customer service and technical assistance.


  • Establish base hardware-software system requirements. Collecting from source authors or in some cases authoring the requirements. Reverse engineering software to establish designed functionality
  • Review and prioritize functional areas to be evaluated
  • Determine necessary equipment and compile a fixed asset plan
  • Coordinate with other organizations within Calix to share resources when appropriate
  • Participate in HW/SW design/code reviews, focusing on DFT and HSQA needs and requirements
  • Contribute to the bring up of new hardware designs
  • Participate in defining and implementing System Level Remote Diagnostics to help diagnose field issues
  • Establish the test plans including white box techniques to stimulate software response
  • Build or contract to build custom test hardware as needed
  • Build or contract to build automated, scripted test environments as needed
  • Contribute to overall company regression test capability
  • Execute test plans for all hardware in scope
  • Generate and track bugs as a result of test plan failures


  • 5-to-8 years of hardware/software design and/or test experience
  • BSEE, BSCS or related degree
  • Linux expertise
  • Embedded systems experience
  • Familiarity with HW Design documentation – Schematics, Bill of Materials, PCB layout files, etc.
  • Knowledge of embedded systems interface standards (I2C, PMBus, PCIe, USB, Ethernet protocols, etc.) considered a plus
  • Experience building software tools and test scripts in C/Python, whatever is most appropriate to the task
  • Proficient with gnu tool chain and Software Configuration Management tools such as Git
  • Proficient using the Atlassian tool suite – particularly Jira and Confluence
  • Knowledge of test debugging and test validation
  • Excellent analytical and integration skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill


  • Remote - San Jose, California, Petaluma, California, or Plymouth, Minnesota

Compensation will vary based on geographical location (see below) within the United States. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's location of residence and multiple factors, including job-related skills, experience, and education.

For more information on our benefits click here.

There are different ranges applied to specific locations. The average base pay range (or OTE range for sales) in the U.S. for the position is listed below.

San Francisco Bay Area Only:

125,800.00 - 209,800.00 USD Annual

National Major Cities plus, CA, CO, NY Metro area:

109,400.00 - 182,400.00 USD Annual

Regional plus NY:

98,500.00 - 164,200.00 USD Annual