PCB Design Engineer


If you are looking for a new challenge with a global market leader which designs and manufactures aerospace search and rescue equipment, HR Smith Group of Companies is the one for you. We have over 5 decades of experience and are dedicated to finding the perfect solutions for our customers. Working for us you will have the opportunity to be part of a fully integrated multidisciplinary business.


We specialise in the design and manufacture of Search and Rescue equipment for aircraft environments, specifically Emergency Locator transmitters, homing and Direction Finding systems and COSPAS_SARSAT Decoding. Our products involve the integration of custom designed RF Transceiver circuits with electronic control and baseland processing, implemented with PIC microcontrollers, ARM processors or FPGA firmware coupled with signal processing software.


The role is to design physical PCB layouts using PCB ECAD software. This will include liaison with Mechanical Design, Electronic and RF Engineering and quality control of layouts. The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to the Design & Development of Techtest products.


Key Responsibilities:

  • To create PCB layouts for in-house digital and RF circuit designs.
  • Achieve PCB data release to industry standards, including all manufacturing requirements, i.e. panelisation, solder masks etc.
  • To produce production design data, i.e. bill of materials, circuit diagrams and placement guides to a consistent standard.
  • To work closely with electrical and manufacturing engineering staff to enable a concurrent design process.
  • To liaise closely with existing PCB suppliers and potential new suppliers to ensure consistent supplier performance.


Relevant experience:

  • PCB ECAD design flow, (Altium Designer)
  • High Speed Digital Layout, Mixed signal design Layout
  • PCB design for EMC
  • RF design Layout
  • Microsoft Office
  • Good knowledge of assembly process capabilities
  • Certified Interconnect Designer (CID or CID+)



  • Free onsite parking.
  • Free refreshments (tea and coffee).
  • Casual dress.
  • Company social events.
  • Opportunity for company bonuses.
  • Cost of living reviews carried out annually by the Directors.
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays and your birthday off (to be taken any time in the year).
  • Long service holiday accrual scheme where you gain 1 extra holiday day per year from 5-10 years’ service up to a maximum of 26 days.
  • Life Insurance Scheme – 3x annual salary.


We have a positive, professional and welcoming environment; you will have the opportunity to work within a fully integrated multidisciplinary business. We offer good job security and stability with career development opportunities for the right candidate.  


  • Full time position.         
  • Hours are based on a 40-hour week, Monday to Friday 7.45 am to 4.15 pm with half an hour each day for lunch. No weekend, evening or bank holiday working.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Free internal training provided as required.
  • Opportunities to progress, promote internally and up skill.
  • Due to the nature of the business being a manufacturing environment, working from home arrangements are not available.


If you want to find out more about one of Herefordshire’s largest hi-tech companies then please visit our website; www.hr-smith.com.

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The HR Department,
H R Smith Group of Companies,
Unit 416,
Tarsmill Court,
Rotherwas Industrial Estate,
HR2 6JZ.

Ben Reynolds, 20


An engineering apprenticeship was the obvious choice for me, after studying engineering for two years at college I felt an apprenticeship would offer me the best opportunity to make a career. As apprenticeships are so widely accepted and appreciated in industry I decided that university would not have been so beneficial long-term, as the opportunity to gain real experience is limited as well as the opportunity to earn whilst building large debts. HR Smith offer a great apprenticeship programme through HGTA and encourage you to build your own future. At HR Smith there is always something different everyday and you gain a full understanding of the processes involved in the company product design and manufacturing. You get satisfaction in understanding what the final outcome your job is for, I know I made the right choice.

Scott Bradley, 22

Electronic Test Development Engineer

I finished my electronic apprenticeship at HR Smith two years ago and now work in Research and Design. Part of my job also involves helping to look after apprentices when they are in my department.

I was fortunate enough to do my work experience at HR Smith during high school. This definitely made the idea of an apprenticeship more appealing to me, especially after finding an apprenticeship with HR Smith was an option through HWGTA.I did my apprenticeship straight from school, and I can remember how unsure I was about whether college or an apprenticeship was the right decision. Now both options are valid but I would recommend an apprenticeship, the practical experience alongside learning is a fantastic way to move from education into the working world, plus an important factor for me was avoiding the huge cost of higher education.And for anyone thinking that an apprenticeship won’t allow you to study at higher education, I am currently studying part time to obtain my HND, whilst other colleagues and ex-apprentices have completed Bachelors and Master Degrees through the company. So the higher education qualifications are still obtainable through an apprenticeship scheme, provided that you prove you’re worth it.

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