What does an Embedded Systems Engineer do?
An Embedded Systems Engineer integrates hardware and software together in order to create embedded products. Responsible for technology like the inner workings of like tiny micro-processors, Bluetooth devices, and chips, Embedded Systems Engineers use their knowledge of firmware and software to build systems, create new products, or improve functionality.
The work of an Embedded Systems Engineer can apply across many different industries - from producing technology for self-driving cars, to medical devices, to consumer products. Companies whose work encompasses smart devices, or sensors - could potentially benefit from the help of an Embedded Systems Engineer.
What are some of the typical responsibilities of an Embedded Systems Engineer?
- To design and build embedded systems: First and foremost, Embedded Systems Engineers will be responsible for building the integrations between embedded products, so that products can successfully transmit information or operate as intended.
- To integrate and test systems: In addition to building systems, Embedded Systems Engineers will also need to test and provide QA on the various embedded systems they work on and will need to demonstrate systems are well-built.
- To manage project scope: An Embedded Systems Engineer will need to carefully manage project scope to ensure that new functions and products are built following a project plan.
- To provide data analysis: An Embedded Systems Engineer may also need to analyze data and findings from the embedded systems they build, and provide actions their team can take from these findings.
What are some of the skills a successful Embedded Systems Engineer should have?
- Deep understanding of hardware and software: Embedded Systems Engineers will need to have a thorough understanding of both software and hardware, and how software and hardware work together.
- Deep understanding of the IoT (Internet of Things): Familiarity with IoT, and how different devices work and “talk” to each other - through a combination of hardware and software - is an essential skill for any Embedded Systems Engineer.
- Recommend process improvements: Working with Security Engineers or other engineers, Data Engineers may help companies develop processes that safeguard data from attacks or leaks, and help design practices that make data difficult to reach for bad actors.
- Strong communication and presentation skills: In bridging the gap between hardware and software, Embedded Systems Engineers will need to have effective written and verbal communication skills to share their work with stakeholders, especially stakeholders who are non-technical.
What are some of the programs an Embedded Systems Engineer should have experience with, in an Embedded Systems Engineer job?
The short answer is - it depends. Embedded Systems Engineers should have real-time experience working on embedded projects. But in addition to project experience, Embedded Systems Engineers may also need:
- Experience with Linux Multimedia frameworks
- Experience with C++, Java, Python
- Knowledge of hardware products
- Knowledge of software products
- A plus could be having advanced skills in robotics, or experience building robotics in the past