Electrical Design Engineer - Seymour Duncan

Santa Barbara, CA

Company Profile:

Established in 1976 in Santa Barbara, Seymour Duncan has been obsessed with delivering joy to musicians all over the world, with the ultimate tone experience. As a result, generations of musicians everywhere have come to rely on us to produce guitar pickups, amplifiers and electronics that are quite simply the pinnacle of great sound.  Music artists that are customers of Seymour Duncan include global top guitarists in music across all genres. 

Job Summary:

Reporting to the V.P. of Engineering and New Product Development, the Electrical Engineer will create and execute innovative and well thought out designs for musicians, through the use of engineering principles, CAD technology and hands-on activities.

Duties/ Responsibilities:

Design, develop, modify and evaluate guitar and bass pickups, amplifiers, effects pedals, electronic parts, components, or integrated circuitry for electronic equipment, other hardware systems and/or electrical engineering applications;

Manage all electrical engineering functions, from conception through build and shipment of each project;

Design, simulate and prototype analog, digital and power amplifier circuitry; 

Create technical data packages, including PCB layouts, drawings and Bills of Material(BOMs);

Act as the point of contact to customers for all technical issues;

Support prototype and production builds, to include assembly, integration, manufacturing, and testing/verification of subsystems and systems;

Develop designs in accordance with Design for Manufacturing methods and tools, to create cost efficient design solutions;

Present technical designs to teams and customers with supporting analysis;

Ensure the highest quality components are used, at the most cost-effective pricing;

Directly contribute to the completion of specified projects;

Independently determine and develop approach to solutions;

Generate first article reports, upon receipt of prototype and production parts;

As a key contributor, work across departments to help guide designs;

Work with suppliers, customers and musicians, to internalize feedback into improved designs;

Ensure work is reviewed, upon completion, for adequacy in meeting objectives;

Act as technical support to the personnel in the electronic assembly area;

Some travel may be required.


Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, required;

At least 3 years of experience designing mass produced products;

At least 3 years of working with mechanical engineering team members to integrate electrical packages into hardware designs;

At least 3 years of experience using Altium (or similar CAD software) in the development of electronic circuits and PCB layouts.

Familiar with standard concepts, practices and procedures within engineering;

Ability to debug and troubleshoot electronic designs, both new and existing;

Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently;

Familiarity with ERP systems a plus (internal ERP system, Made2Manage);

Guitar or bass guitar player a definite plus; level of experience unimportant;

Familiarity with musical recording methods, software (DAW), audio interfaces, effects pedals, live rigs, a plus;

Astute oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;

Exceptional time management, attention to detail; customer service, effective multi-tasking, problem-solving and follow-through skills;

Ability to work effectively alone and within a team environment.


$80,000- $120,000 annual base salary, for this full-time, exempt position


Medical, dental, vision, life, with company contribution of approximately 90% for the employee and partial payments for dependents;

FSA/HSA with company contribution;

10 days paid vacation during years 1- 5 and increasing to 15 days thereafter on an accrued basis

4 days of annual sick leave on an accrued basis;

9 paid public holidays; ½ day for the Santa Barbara Fiesta;

401k with current company match up to $500 annually;

Employee discount on company products.

Working Hours:

8:00AM –5:00PM Monday – Friday – with flexibility 


Santa Barbara, CA.  Hybrid position, following training period, with at least 3 days working in the office.