• Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Sonatech, LLC is a premier undersea acoustics engineering and manufacturing company. With a focus on supplying advanced SONAR solutions for the US Navy, our technical expertise, customized design capabilities and diverse manufacturing abilities have led to Sonatech products being deployed on virtually every type of underwater Navy system currently in operation.

Located in Santa Barbara, CA we pride ourselves as having a culture of innovation as well as first-class customer service. Sonatech has a challenging and rewarding work environment where employees have the opportunity to develop their careers by taking on new responsibilities and providing innovative solutions.


The Transducer Design Engineer is responsible for the design, development and documentation of piezo-electric transducers and associated products. Work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a subsystem design and manufacturing environment to develop sonar transmitters and receivers, primarily for U.S. Navy applications. Develop new, or modify existing, transducers for use in space-, weight-, and/or power-limited subsystems. Perform lab and at-sea testing on SONAR subsystems as part of the design verification and qualification process. Prepare and present reports and briefings for internal and external audiences.


  • Design new piezo-electric transducers for Sonatech's underwater acoustics systems
  • Design, evaluation and selection of piezo-ceramic components used for new and ongoing transducer/sensor design and production projects
  • Provide transducer engineering expertise to support the manufacturing of piezo-electric products
  • Test and evaluate new transducer designs using laboratory equipment for acoustic and vibration measurements
  • Analysis of transducer output sensitivity/noise, resonances, etc., necessary to characterize a transducer
  • Perform value analysis during the product design phase while optimizing product development costs
  • Coordinate projects and tasks with other systems, mechanical, electrical, and manufacturing engineers to complete assignments and projects on schedule
  • Research and investigate leading edge technologies for creating new products or processes


  • Bachelor of Science or equivalent experience in Acoustics or Mechanical Engineering, or a relevant engineering or physical science discipline
  • 2-5+ years minimum experience in piezo-electric transducer design in the medical, oil & gas, safety, automotive, aerospace, defense, or industrial markets
  • Knowledge of piezo-ceramic types, modes, and properties useful for transducer design
  • Working knowledge of mechanical design software such as Solid Works
  • Working knowledge of numerical modeling techniques for electro-acoustic performance prediction as well as Finite Element Method (FEM) software such as Abaqus, ANSYS, ATILA or COMSOL for piezo devices
  • Knowledge of how to design metal, plastic, and ceramic parts including material selection and fabrication techniques
  • Knowledge of adhesives for different materials and their uses in transducer production
  • General knowledge of electronics, soldering, connectors, etc.
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work with every level of the organization
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain a U.S. government security clearance


  • Master of Science or Ph.D. in Acoustics or Mechanical Engineering, or a relevant engineering or physical science discipline


  • Work effectively across all company levels as required to meet responsibilities
  • Develop good interpersonal relationships necessary for effective teamwork
  • Maintain professional manner/demeanor with all customers, visitors, and employees
  • Follow a complete and thorough process when developing new product designs
  • Understand and follow the changing developments in piezo-electric technology and transducer design technology

Sonatech is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, families, and employees. With employee health and safety as our top priority, we will require all newly hired employees to be fully vaccinated before their start date.

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