Application Engineer
Abaco Systems
Austin, TX

About $79,000 - $110,000 a year

Abaco Systems is an acknowledged leader in rugged embedded computing, especially in the military/aerospace market. Our products are used in hundreds of mission critical applications, where the performance and reliability we deliver can be a matter of life and death.
We’re growing fast: we’ve added substantially to our organization in roles across the board – and that expansion will continue. We’re also growing by acquisition. Our strategy puts our customers front and center of everything we do: their success will drive our success.

Application Engineer

Design, develop, and support next-generation FPGA and RF products in an exciting high growth market. The fast-paced Abaco RF&DSP team develops leading-edge ruggedized ADC, DAC, and digital signal processing products as part of a global company providing turnkey and off the shelf solutions for the defense and science industries. New challenges arise every day that require sharp problem-solving skills of talented and smart individuals. Join us in a collaborative and hands-on environment that fosters engineering excellence, creativity, and innovation.

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Application Engineer. You will engage in a collaborative, rapidly-changing environment to design and support groundbreaking new technologies. This position will focus on application development, customer engagement, and technical support.

Key Responsibilities

Provision of pre-sale technical support for the development and implementation of customer applications dealing with complex systems.
Promotion of Abaco products and solutions through customer calls, roadshows, seminars, trade shows, white papers, and exhibitions.
Work through all phases of customer interaction including customer analysis, design implementation and product manufacturing including long term technical support.
Assistance in assessing potential application of company products to meet customer needs and preparing detailed product specifications.
Design/test/troubleshoot FPGA firmware targeting the latest technology FPGA devices.
Provide documentation that further enhances user experience with the Abaco products.
Technical responsibility for pre- and/ or post-sales support of company products/systems.
Implementation of detailed customer installation plans and some product training.
Provision of follow-up support in disseminating technical information on specific applications.
Contributing to business intelligence – gather field information about market trends and competitive offerings; provide feedback to marketing on programs and products (be a part of the New Product Introduction process!).
Ensuring that customer (and supplier) relationships are well managed.
Become a “Center of Excellence” for the DSP products specialty.


A Bachelor's degree or equivalent and minimum of 5 years of related experience or a Master's degree and minimum of 2 years of related experience
Demonstrable practical experience in the Mil/Aero Embedded Systems industry.
In-depth expertise in FPGA, VHDL coding and Xilinx development tools
Good understanding of the analog and RF circuits and electrical engineering fundamentals.
Experience with MS Office Suite and C/C++ programming language.
Strong understanding of the sales process.
Strong technical/practical background desired in the Embedded systems industry, spanning open architecture computer platforms, including but not limited to VME, VPX, CPCI, PCIe, Networking, Graphics, Signal Processing, PowerPC and Intel architectures
Highly organized and able to multitask; coupled with strong analytical ability, attention to detail will be instrumental to success.
Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident.

Desired Skills

Specific knowledge of VxWorks, Linux, and other leading Real-Time Operating system Software.
Experience with PCB Design Capture and Layout tools.
Experience working with high-speed DDR memories, LVDS interfaces, and various communication protocols (PCI Express, 10/40G Ethernet, Aurora, etc.) is desired.
Experience in Systems Engineering/Hardware and Software Integration.
Excellent HW/SW problem-solving skills and ability to see “The Big Picture”
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Team player, self-starter, highly motivated individual.

At Abaco, we know that our people are our strength. We’re a team with a common goal – and we’re passionate about what we do, innovative, and open-minded. We’re not just given responsibility – we’re actively encouraged to make things happen. Oh, and – we have fun. If that sounds like your kind of organization – why not join us?

Abaco Systems prides itself on being an Equal Opportunity Employer.