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NuWaves Engineering Overview

Middletown, OH
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Aerospace & Defense
Unknown / Non-Applicable
A veteran-owned small business founded in 2000, NuWaves is a premier supplier of Radio Frequency (RF) and microwave solutions for military, government, and industrial customers. NuWaves provides quick-tempo design and engineering services, from High Frequency (HF) through ... Read more

Mission: Our Mission is to maximize our employees’ potential in order to deliver high-technology Engineering Services and Products, thereby achieving unsurpassed excellence in both client satisfaction and business results.

Company Updates

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NuWaves Engineering – Why Work For Us?

A caring group of patriots founded the veteran-owned NuWaves Ltd. in 2000, providing advanced Radio Frequency (RF) expertise and microwave solutions for military, government, and industrial customers. Headquartered in southwest Ohio, NuWaves Engineering provides quick-tempo design and engineering services that address today’s most demanding RF challenges, especially with regard to hardware size, weight and power (SWaP) reduction, cost and – oftentimes equally important – schedule. NuWaves Engineering is an undisputed leader in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, sustainment, and modernization of complex RF systems.

As a leader in providing RF solutions, the majority of NuWaves Engineering’s business comes from the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. federal government agencies, and D.o.D. prime contractors. The majority of our remaining business comes from commercial domestic sales to companies working in a variety of industries and applications, from Industrial Mining, Agriculture, Transportation, Communications, Space, and many more. Take a look at our Markets & Applications to learn more about the industries and customers we serve.

Core Values

Our employees subscribe to these Core Values:

  • Pursuit of EXCELLENCE
  • Valued Employee
  • Commitment to Customer’s Success
  • Teamwork
  • Patriotism

Core Statements:

Why we exist: We are “Driven to advance your mission.”

  • Leaders in military and defense electronics technology and capability.
  • We have a long history of engineering success for our clients.
  • Provides unique capabilities to power your initiatives and achieve your objectives.
  • Inspired by your goals and passionate about delivering unrivaled work.

Who we are: We “Engineer a lasting partnership.”

  • We respond quickly with whatever it takes to get the job done right.
  • We integrate seamlessly to create one team, relieve stress and deliver results.
  • Always ready and quick to respond, we are a caring, veteran-owned group of patriots.
  • We engage in your success and endeavor to build a lasting relationship.

Recruiting: Be “Challenged to achieve excellence.”

  • Be part of something big with exciting careers, cross domain teamwork and room to grow.
  • We foster continuous improvement and challenge each other to step up, grow and improve.
  • As a valued employee you’ll enjoy a family atmosphere, a positive culture and great benefits.
  • We achieve excellence, while supporting one another with genuine care and respect.

What we do: “Maximize RF capability and readiness.”

  • We provide advanced RF expertise for military and defense electronics.
  • We research, design and manufacture solutions from concept to production.
  • Employs an extensive range of RF products and services from under one roof.
  • Proven record of innovative engineering and high-performance products.

How we do it: With a “Full spectrum of solutions.”

  • We power the entire RF chain with a full range of products and services.
  • We make communication easy with everything you need and more than you expect.
  • Both off-the-shelf products and customized solutions tailored to your needs.
  • We employ quality management processes and are AS9100 and ISO9110 certified.

Because the vast majority of NuWaves’ business is focused on military applications and the rules and regulations governing the same, we are only able to employ U.S. citizens.

NuWaves offers a competitive benefits package that rivals or exceeds what larger companies can provide. We provide this outstanding package because we value our employees and the pivotal role they play in helping us achieve our tactical and strategical goals.

We are passionate about providing concept-to-production solutions for the U.S. Military. That means we are looking for individuals who possess a quick-tempo mentality, and an attitude that drives results. From RF Design Engineers to RF Engineering Technicians to Project Managers and Support personnel, we would love to hear from passionate, hard-working individuals who share our Vision.

Benefits Overview

Premium Deductions (Medical/Dental/Vision)  

If an employee elects not to participate in the medical plan, NuWaves will provide a credit of $200.00 per month.

Voluntary Life Insurance through Unum with coverage of $25k for each employee at no cost

24 Hour HumanaFirst/Personal Nurse and Dr. On Demand

Go365 is a comprehensive, voluntary wellness and loyalty solution that integrates rewards with health.  

Holidays A total of 10 per year.

Paid Time Off (PTO)  Six personal days per year based on 8-hour work days. 

Relaxed dress code/business casual

Educations Assistance 

Technical Device Purchase Plan (TDPP) 

Summer Golf League 

Pre-Retirement Program 

Employee Referral Program $25 per referral, $500 if they're hired

401k Savings Plan (Nationwide) with a 5% match

The President's Quarterly Book Club

In-house gym

Yoga offered weekly

Holiday Celebrations

“We are engaged in Your success and endeavor to build a lasting relationship."

-NuWaves Engineering

I really enjoy the company culture.  I also appreciate the military approach, as though we are focused on accomplishing a mission.  I like that it is in the Defense and Military market, and that we are surrounded by people who are all driven.  We continue to be on the forefront of what we’re doing with technology.  There is a diversity of opinions that are shared, and everyone gets on board to accomplish the goal.  NuWaves is unique with its family atmosphere, clear vision, and encourages everyone to work together to reach a common goal.

 -Ryan F., has been with NuWaves for over a year as Director of Product Solutions

I love everything about this place.  They treat me with respect and support me, personally and professionally.  My favorite thing about NuWaves is that I love my job – I love what I do – and I love the people.  What sets NuWaves apart from other places is that they care about their employees as though we are all family.

-Chris F., has been with NuWaves for 10 years as a Logistics Specialist

I like the small company environment where we’re results-focused.  I like our openness to change.  This allows us to continually improve.  My favorite thing about NuWaves is there’s always a different challenge every day.  What makes this place different than other companies is our attitude towards presenting a solution.

-Thoeun H., has been with NuWaves for 15 years as a Design Engineer

I like working at NuWaves Engineering because we’re a small defense contractor that supports our military. As a small business, we have a great team atmosphere for continuous improvement of our processes and products, as well as for personal growth. We work with a great group of people who are all committed to the overall mission and vision of our company and supporting our customers through every aspect of the products we supply. The diversity of our employees brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of our industry, and we are dedicated to the organization being a success.

-Angie P., has been with NuWaves for 5 years as an Assembler and IPC Trainer

What I like best about NuWaves is that the people here are extraordinary! Everyone is willing to take the time to explain how processes work or to help you solve a technical problem.  They even take the time to sit with you and teach you different techniques that will further your skillset on the bench, in the lab, and help you to become a more valuable, skilled asset to the company. There are many, highly-skilled and intelligent people within the walls of NuWaves who will go above and beyond to help increase your knowledge, skillset, and to help you grow as an individual.

Once you start to acquire more knowledge and skills, this opens the door to work on some pretty sophisticated, and exciting programs here at NuWaves. You will definitely have the opportunity to learn more about a particular system, function of a system, bench skills, gain more technical knowledge and have the opportunity to learn from our highly-intelligent and skilled Engineers and Technicians, and make some outstanding friends as well.

-Ryan C., has been with NuWaves for 5 years as an Engineering Technician

NuWaves Engineering Reviews

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    "Great Place to get a diverse RF engineering Experience"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Middletown, OH
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    I have been working at NuWaves Engineering full-time (More than a year)


    Approachable staff, Casual work environment, Interesting group of people to work with. Excellent place to work with a variety of unique RF design and testing problems. Company is making great efforts to continuously improve their design processes and communications. Upper management is making great strides in reducing inefficiencies in business processes. They are also making a fantastic effort at transitioning from a small to medium business and making sure certain things are lost in the transition. I expect significant growth of the business in the next few years.

    Recent training efforts are a fantastic step forward in improving employee skill sets.

    CEO is more approachable than he first seems

    Hard to get bored


    Lower than industry average pay, Project Managers have a lot of control over labor planning which can create some interesting dynamics and a more short sided view of training efforts. There is an expectation of quick turn on projects without much buffer built in. This leads many support engineers and design engineers to put many hours in order to make up for lost time on the schedule.

    Occasionally cost cutting measures in certain overhead areas wind up costing more in the long run. Renting test equipment instead of purchasing, push-back on certain overhead items. Though I also believe this area has very recently been recognized and an effort has been made to improve in that area.

    Advice to Management

    Build in safety nets on schedules with difficult projects and designs and recognize that certain projects while cutting a cost on a unit when it comes to material might lead to significant more issues in test and tune.

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NuWaves Engineering Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Middletown, OH
    Accepted Offer
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    Easy Interview


    I applied through other source. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at NuWaves Engineering (Middletown, OH) in March 2011.


    Very nice informal review. Simply looked over the work I had done, asked a few questions. Very nice people. None of the stupid put you on the spot questions. They just analyze your technical background and how you solve problems. So a very nice interview for anyone well qualified. This company is a technical company and your interview will be with well seasoned design engineers, so don't expect to baffle them with won't work. Instead present what you have done technically and be an ease as they are very nice people to deal with.

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    They offer an excellent salary. No sweat.

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NuWaves Engineering Awards & Accolades

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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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