Designing And Building The Brain Of The Mitte Home: Meet Our Senior Electrical Engineer, DanielMitte News
When Daniel joined Mitte’s hardware team in Winter 2019, the design and assembly of our Printed Circuits Boards (PCBs) was outsourced to an electronics service partner. As Senior Electrical Engineer, Daniel brought the whole PCB manufacturing process in-house.
Ever since then, he’s been designing, building and testing the brain of our Mitte Home – the main PCB, the User Interface PCB, the Near Field Communication PCB and the Dispense PCB.
Find out more about his journey at Mitte, what he likes most about his role, and the most valuable lesson he learned as an Engineer.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am Daniel, I moved to Berlin in 2004 and am originally from Hannover. Previously I worked for over 12 years in Research & Development for the Physikalisch-Technische-Bundesanstalt. For the last seven years I have been working in consumer electronics and I love it.
What do you do as a Senior Electrical Engineer at Mitte?
Basically, I am responsible for everything electronic on the hardware side. I develop schematics in close collaboration with the firmware engineers. I design and test the PCBAs (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) including troubleshooting on the workbench or in the EMV (Electromagnetic Compatibility) lab. I also talk to the suppliers of PCBs, PCBAs, components and make sure that the production-line is running smoothly. A tip: close collaboration with your suppliers is key.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
We start every day with a 15 min stand up to talk about dependencies and needs in the team. After this, I grab a coffee (from our awesome espresso maker and our well selected coffees), some fruit and then I usually go deep “into the loop” (what I call it) and do the development phase related work, such as designing circuits, tuning circuits or designing PCBs.
Why did you decide to join Mitte?
First of all, because of the very hands-on approach: I really like all those test rigs, and getting the soldering iron and oscilloscope out.
Secondly: the diverse teams.
And last but not least: I think it’s a really good thing to try to reduce plastic waste around the globe, especially since consumer electronics often do the opposite. Maybe that’s the best part of my job now.
What was the moment you knew you’d made the right decision?
That’s easy: When I first met Moritz, our CEO, he explained his vision and the mission for the company.
What makes working for Mitte different?
Working for Mitte means working for a good cause. We, as humans, need to reduce plastics usage to a minimum.
What do you like best about your role?
Doing everything! The wide-range of my tasks: from sketching some ideas out, to failure, learning and then having a product in the end – that’s an awesome thing.
What’s your biggest achievement at Mitte so far?
The alpha test was a great success for the team and the whole company.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned working as an Electrical Engineer at Mitte?
Fail early – fail often. Quick checks on your way to a final product can often save a lot of time.
If you had one piece of advice to give to aspiring engineers who would like to join Mitte, what would it be?
Be open minded, be different, and be yourself. We at Mitte are passionate professionals with diverse mindsets.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
My path was kinda clear: my father is an electrician, so I played a lot with electronics at a very early age. At the age of 6 I triggered the house safety fuse for the first time trying to power up a LED rainbow I found in my father’s workbench.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I am living with a 15 year old tortoise named Richard. He is very cute.
Last but not least, how do you stay hydrated?
From the tap – although this might change in the near future 😀
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