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Power Electronics Engineering Co-op July- December 2024- Atlanta



Atlanta, GA, USA
Posted on Friday, January 5, 2024

Our Mission

SPAN develops products that accelerate the home's rapid adoption of renewable energy. The flagship SPAN Smart Panel is the first true evolution of the traditional home electric panel, harnessing enhanced metering, monitoring, and control technology. An expanded product suite of intelligent, integrated solutions radically lowers the cost and complexity of energy upgrades–including solar, batteries, and EVs–empowering homeowners to be active, resilient, and informed players in the energy market.

The Role

SPAN’s Power Electronics team is looking for an intuitive and multidisciplinary power electronics engineer intern to participate in developing different power converter platforms used in SPAN products. In this role, you will be tasked with researching, designing, implementing, testing, and validating multiple hardware and control designs used in power electronics systems.

You will work alongside outstanding Power Electronics Engineers to support the development and research in different fields, such as semiconductors and magnetics simulation and validation, EMC, Controls, and firmware for power converters.

You will collaborate with software, firmware, controls, and mechanical teams to implement technologies that electrify the home and delight our customers.


Responsibilities include two or more of the following:

  • Support evaluation, testing, and the design of power converters.

  • Create schematics and layouts using Altium Designer.

  • Conduct circuit and power system modeling and simulation.

  • Validate Control algorithms and support SIL, HIL, and Hardware implementation.

  • Build prototype components and assemblies, optimizing components to meet system requirements.

  • Support Lab Test Setups, data collection, and analysis.

  • Collaborate with internal and external teams.

About You

Required Qualifications

We are seeking an intern who meets the following criteria:

  • Passion for clean energy technology and decarbonization

  • Pursuing a degree in electrical engineering, applied mathematics, or equivalent fields.

  • Experience with first principles analysis of physical systems

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Experience in Lab Testing environments with actual hardware prototypes or components.

  • Experience with Altium Designer

  • Experience with soldering re-work

  • Experience with power electronics PCBA board bring up

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience with Simulink, PLECS, or SPICE (e.g., LTspice) applied to electronics, semiconductor, and magnetic design.

  • Experience using Python, C++, or C

  • Experience with Typhoon HIL.

  • Experience working with Grid and High Voltage Simulators.

  • Ph.D. students or Candidates.

The co-op position has a duration of 6 months and will run from July- December of 2024. Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited college or university, and have not graduated prior to end of the co-op term.

The hourly rate for this role is $30/ hour for undergrad students, and $32/hr for Masters or PhD students.

Life at SPAN

SPAN embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a severe way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

Headquartered in San Francisco’s vibrant SoMa neighborhood, we are an eclectic group of creative thinkers who value open communication, teamwork, and a ‘make it happen’ approach to addressing complex challenges.

We’re hiring talented individuals who are driven by success and are passionate about shaping the future of renewable energy. If that sounds like you, we’d love for you to consider joining the rapidly growing team at SPAN.

The Perks:

⚡ Great opportunity to begin your career at a mission-driven climate focused company

⚡ Competitive compensation at a well-funded, venture-backed company

⚡ Comfortable, sunny office space located near BART and Caltrain public transit

⚡ Strong focus on team-building and company culture (events, meet-ups, clubs)

Interested in joining our team? Submit an application today, and we’ll be in touch with the next steps!