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Senior Hardware Engineer

With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers. At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected.


Sr. Hardware Engineer


Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. Since 1870 we have been passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help our customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges. Our products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company operates in three geographic business units including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Join the company committed to empowering our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world with high-performance cleaning solutions that minimize waste, reduce costs, improve safety and further sustainability goals.


At Tennant, we are expanding and growing in exciting areas such as autonomous robots, IoT/Connected machines, and new power sources.  We are seeking a Sr. Hardware Engineer with a strong, demonstrated background in electrical systems design, integration, and program execution to join our team. We want someone who is excited by the prospect of applying new technologies to tackle complex problems, someone who is passionate about building great products, and who thrives in a continuous improvement growth culture.  As part of our team, you will contribute significantly to the delivery of our award-winning products & services around the world, working to develop new sources of data-driven value for Tennant Company and our customers.



  • Creative, dynamic team player, able to work within small to large cross-functional groups.
  • Strong multi-tasking ability. May be working multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience participating in electrical development activities including both technical design as well as cost and schedule estimation.
  • Participation in technical teams working through structured problem solving and root cause analysis.
  • Ability to adapt and drive progress when design aspects are not fully defined or evolve over time.



  • Responsible for hardware design activities and deliverables within Tennant’s Digital Systems Engineering (DSE) team including New Product Development (NPD) programs and existing Life Cycle Management (LCM) support.
  • Understanding of electrical system elements including schematics and wiring harnesses, printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), and regulatory testing (UL, IEC, EMC, ESD, EFT).
  • Execute key engineering and quality projects using appropriate Six Sigma and 8D tools and processes.
  • Collaborate with Tennant Operations & Service teams to quickly understand product quality issues and partner to create and validate solutions.
  • Design and analysis using the following tools / processes: worst-case analysis, engineering calculations, FMEAs, statistical reliability, and simulation analysis.
  • Plans and supports verification and validation testing.  Leverages the test data to understand and manage design trade-offs.
  • Communicate status, schedule, and technical risk to engineering leaders and program management.
  • Apply Tennant, Industry, and Regulatory standards to designs.
  • Keep abreast of Engineering techniques, processes, and best practices as they affect design assignments on Tennant products.
  • Helps lead and mentor junior engineers and designers.
  • Independently identify and implement departmental improvement projects.
  • Write reports, maintain records, and capture patentable ideas.
  • Develop standard work practices for DSE including internal standards development.



  • BS in Electrical or Computer Engineering with 8+ years of experience.
  • Design experience using schematic capture and PCB layout tools such as Altium and Orcad.
  • Demonstrated examples of executing complicated technical programs with many stakeholders.
  • Experience driving development of electrical components based on defined interfaces, system, regulatory, and performance requirements.
  • Ability to drive root cause identification and corrective action leading to timely resolution.
  • High-energy self-starter, able to successfully manage ambiguous tasks.
  • Strong written and verbal communication / presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in Windows Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and simulation software.  A proficiency in Minitab, Reliasoft (or other statistical software), and/or Microsoft Project would be desirable



  • Experience in physical systems modeling, analysis, and simulation using tools such as MATLAB, Simulink, MathCad, or PSpice.
  • High speed digital design, power electronics, and analog circuit design.
  • Experience with communication interfaces and networks including CAN, RS-232, Ethernet, and USB.
  • Experience with mechanical design software basic functionality (Solidworks).
  • Power electronics, power systems, and closed loop control systems experience.



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Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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