Electronics 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.   

An independent avionics manufacturing company working on a range of state-of-the-art products for the aviation industry; we have a vacancy for enthusiastic Electronics Engineer to work in our expanding development facility in Hereford. The role will be as a key member of a multidiscipline team working on a range of state of the art search and rescue products for the aviation industry.



  • 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.



  • Production of Hardware specification documentation
  • Design of Hardware and Software for embedded control systems
  • System test and debugging
  • Support for existing products


Essential experience:

  • Use of laboratory equipment
  • Hardware design for embedded systems.
  • Basic Analogue Design


Useful Experience:

  • Design for manufacture; Design for Test
  • Use of schematic capture tools (e.g., Altium Designer)
  • Design of real time control circuits using PIC microprocessors
  • DSP techniques
  • FPGA with VHDL based design


We offer good job security and stability with career development opportunities for the right candidate.  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

Full time position. 

Salary commensurate with experience.

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.

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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