Principal Electrical Engineer

Job description


A-dec has become an employer of choice and the world’s leading manufacturer of reliable dental equipment, including patient chairs, operatory lights, dental delivery systems, and much more. Our global headquarters, located in Newberg, Oregon, spread across more than 50 acres, our vertically integrated manufacturing campus supports many teams with diverse responsibilities all working together to innovate, design, and produce creative, reliable, solutions for our customers.    

The Principal Engineer is the primary hands-on technical authority in an engineering discipline responsible for the establishment of system architecture and direction in product development and spearheads the development of next generation products and improvement/maintenance of current designs, with minimal administrative duties. Represents the company’s position on dental industry issues and new product introductions and is the technical “face” of A-dec.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Partners with Project Chiefs, Product Management, Engineering Management, and Technology Research to develop architecture and platforms for current and future generation of products.
  • Leads new product design, sustaining engineering efforts, and ensures product complies with all technical regulatory requirements.
  • Provides technical analysis and recommendations to strategic planning teams, serving as the champion for strategic system decisions.
  • Participates in recruiting and training team members to build a talented engineering organization with a strong design presence while imparting knowledge through education of technical mentorship of less senior engineers.
  • Using considerable independent judgment, assures technology is appropriate for the product, the product is designed to meet the needs of the customer, schedules are met, regulatory matters are properly addressed, resources are used efficiently, design activities are well coordinated, and technical conflicts associated with competing ideas and priorities are quickly resolved.
  • Actively maintains design skills and knowledge of product technologies by staying current in manufacturing technologies, competitive technologies, ancillary equipment technologies, testing, the dental equipment industry, engineering trends, regulations and standards, patents, and project management.
  • Assures self and subordinate staff participates in professional organizations and other networks to remain current with technological innovations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science, or other relevant discipline along with a minimum of 10 years of experience in research, development, or product develop mentor processes.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of engineering principles in their specific discipline and experience in complex problem solving.
  • Ability to create/manage a vision and think strategically, plan and organize, innovate, analyze complex data and situations, and exercise sound judgment. Must also have the ability to communicate that vision, motivate and lead employees, and collaborate with other teams.
  • Ability to clearly assess, articulate, and manage risk with a sense of urgency to meet product requirements, on schedule, and on budget. Must also have the ability to see the big picture, prepare contingency plans, and ensure execution of plans through effective organizational awareness.
  • A desire to stay active in technology development and architecture.
  • Ability to provide engineering solutions to a variety of problems. Skilled to apply and fully use design engineering principles, concepts, and techniques.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the medical device industry and/or medical device field experience preferred.
  • Experience with intellectual property strategy and management.
  • Advanced degree in Mechanical, Software or Electrical Engineering.
  • Extensive understanding & use of Altium Designer (Schematic & Layout)
  • CID/CID+  
  • Recent support and technical leadership of EMC approvals and design practices
  • Experience with wireless qualification
  • Experience with robust testing methods (qualification test plans, FMEA, etc.)
  • Experience with embedded communications (e.g. CAN BUS, I2C, Ethernet, etc.)

Drug Screen and Background Check required.

A-dec is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. In addition, A-dec will not discriminate against applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another. *VEVRAA Federal Contractor”  

A-dec is interested in qualified candidates authorized to work in the United States for US-based positions. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment visas.


Manufacturer of dental chairs, delivery systems, and dental lights.

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