Design Engineer – Algorithm Design (Fulltime)

McQ is recognized as the technology leader in the development of low power embedded systems, remote surveillance, security and environmental monitoring products. For over 30 years, McQ has earned a reputation for delivering rugged, state of the art surveillance and remote sensor systems for a wide range of commercial, industrial, and government clients. McQ is responsible for the complete life–cycle of a project–from initial concept to customer delivery. Therefore, McQ’s engineers are involved in the design, implementation, manufacturing, testing, and delivery/training of its products.

At McQ, we develop custom embedded systems with state of the art integrated circuits (e.g. microprocessors, DSPs, and FPGAs), write our embedded firmware, write our own software for mobile and client/server applications, design our own custom hardware from scratch including custom printed circuit boards (PCBs), develop our own algorithms (utilizing signal processing and image processing), perform extensive modeling and simulation, develop our own mechanical designs, develop and integrate a large variety of communication solutions, and perform our own testing, integration, and transition into manufacturing.

Fulltime engineers work on small teams (average size of 5) to develop complex embedded systems, from scratch, in short timeframes (typical projects are 6 months to 1 year in duration). Good written and oral communication skills are critically important, and these skills will be used throughout the candidate’s position with McQ.

McQ hires both experienced engineers and those graduating with a BS, MS, or PhD in a related engineering/science discipline — Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Engineering (CpE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), or Computer Science (CS). A BS degree in at least one of these disciplines is required; while multiple related degrees, an MS, or PhD is preferred.

A fulltime engineering candidate should have at least the minimum background stated below in one or more of the following job functions: embedded design, analog design, algorithm design, software application design and/or mechanical design. However, a candidate that meets the desired qualifications and in multiple job functions is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A BS degree (obtained before starting at McQ) in EE, CpE, or CS.
  • At least 2 substantial and directly related projects in signal processing and/or image processing, which consists of developing an algorithm from scratch based on some data input (e.g. microphone data, video data) to detect or classify a specific type of target based on signal processing techniques that they applied from literature or came up with on their own. Must have implemented and/or simulated the algorithm (in Matlab, C/C++, etc.) and verified its performance with real data. Relevant projects can include senior design projects, personal projects, intern/co-op projects, and fulltime work experience.

Desired Qualifications (in addition to the minimum qualifications)

  • Development of algorithms which generate a high level autonomous determination, calculation, or fusion output based on the input of one or more sensors.


To apply for this position, send an email to with an attached resume and cover letter with the following information as a minimum:

  • List position applying for
  • Denote which technical role(s) you meet the minimum qualifications for
  • Indicate your status of US citizenship and DoD clearance eligibility
  • Indicate that you would be willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if required for work related travel and/or facility access
  • Any other information that would qualify you for the position
  • Candidates will be notified via email if their qualifications match McQ’s current personnel needs, as to the next step in the recruiting process.

McQ is a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor and therefore requires that all of its employees are US citizens. McQ is not able to sponsor any students or potential candidates.

Positions with McQ may require a Government Security Clearance – all candidates must be eligible to obtain a clearance.

McQ is an equal opportunity employer. We adhere to a policy of making employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability. We assure that your opportunity for employment with McQ depends solely on your qualifications.