Windows Phone running ZuneHD2 confirmed in Microsoft job post?

Is a ZuneHD2 coming?

Even with all the Windows Phone news around, it seems it is still worth keeping an eye on Microsoft’s job board.

it appears the Entertainment and Devices Division is looking for a Hardware Engineer for “next generation of portable entertainment and communication devices”. The product is under Windows Phone, but it appears unlikely this will be a phone, as cellular features are not mentioned anywhere in the article.

What is however clear is that Microsoft will be producing the hardware itself, similar to the ZuneHD.

Do our readers think this is the right move for Microsoft? Let us know below.

See the full job description after the break.


Mechanical Engineer, Senior-Mobile Communications Business (MCB) (732276) Job

Date: Sep 1, 2010

Location: Redmond, WA, US

Job Category: Hardware Engineering

Location: United States, WA, Redmond

Job ID: 732276 25275

Product: Windows Phone

Division: Entertainment & Devices Division

Are you passionate about consumer and entertainment products and technologies? The Mobile Communications business (MCB) and Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) are leading the company’s digital entertainment strategy and product development. Within MCB, the Portable Entertainment Group is responsible for enabling people to be entertained anywhere, anytime, on state of the art devices. We are the team that shipped the Zune HD, and created all the hardware on that device. We are currently building the next generation of portable entertainment and communication devices, and we need you.

SENIOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER

We are looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer to participate in the development of cutting edge mobile devices, with a passion to push innovative and imaginative solutions that meet the company’s business vision.

Scope of responsibilities / Expectations:

-System level and sub-system design responsibilities in the development of concept explorations and technology investigations

-Create evaluation models and systems to assess performance investigations for various technology components and product features

-Interface across multiple disciplines (e.g. Program management, Industrial design, Hardware, Component Engineering, RF, Reliability, Procurement and Manufacturing) in selection of devices for detailed development

-Manage the detail CAD design direction of chosen concepts for detail development with internal and external resources and provide tactical contribution and technical leadership throughout the conceptual and detail design stages of product development

-Interface directly with sub-system partners for design of and integration of technology components

-Assess risks/feasibility of piece part design / features to meet design expectations for cost and reliability

-Contribute to project planning for development schedules / BOMs to meet all build stages up to production readiness

-Perform and review detailed analysis for tolerance stacks, FEMs and Reliability tests

-Participate in tooling vendor selection and all part qualification

The candidate must be willing and able to travel (domestic and international) to support design and manufacturing activities.

Specific Knowledge / Experience / Skills:

-8 years of experience in electro-mechanical product design with a minimum of 5+ years in the successful development of small form factor consumer electronics

-Experienced in designing for large volume production in a wide range of manufacturing processes (e.g. Die casting, thin wall molding, progressive die stamping/forming, bonding, machining), finishing (IMD/L, plating, painting, PVD, VM)

-Integration and development experience with mechanisms

-Successful experience in meeting reliability requirements for mass production

-Proven experience in applications with some or all of the following technology verticals: Displays, Batteries, Antennas, Acoustics

-Highly proficient in tolerance analysis and review of Finite Element Models

-Proficient 3D Cad Skills (Pro-Engineer WF 4.0 strongly preferred)

-Excellent written and verbal communication

-B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.S. or PhD in related discipline preferred

Summary:

We’re a very agile, customer-facing team with plenty of growth opportunities. If you are passionate about consumer and entertainment products and technologies, driven to learn, embrace and

implement new technologies in the rapidly evolving world of consumer mobile electronics, and have a successful track record of innovation and product launch, this is the place for you.

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Nearest Major Market: Seattle

Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

Job Segments: CAD, Communications, Drafting, Electronics Engineer, Engineer, Engineering, Hardware Engineer, Interactive Marketing, Management, Manufacturing Engineer, Marketing, Mechanical Engineer, Operations, Procurement, Product Development, Program Manager, Research, RF, Science, Scientific

See the job post here.