Embedded Software Engineers
Embedded software engineers are talented troubleshooters and programmers, preferably with C/C++ programming expertise. They are passionate about software engineering and working with real-time electro-mechanical operating systems.
Embedded software engineers stay up to date with the latest software developments and thrive in environments where they can innovate and optimise software for embedded devices, crafting the brain of the machine. Engineers of embedded software play a crucial role in the entire cycle of an embedded software product, from the initial code building until the final testing and implementation of the product.
Engineers can add value to the development of software in embedded systems for a range of industries, such as the automotive industry to produce both hybrid and electric vehicles, utilities, healthcare and medical equipment manufacturing, transportation, aerospace, robotics, entertainment, telecommunications, and more.
For an electric vehicle company, an embedded software engineer may be responsible for developing the software code for vehicle charging points. In the telecommunications industry, an engineer may handle Linux software architecture development and implementation while tracking and fixing bugs during the software release. Many career opportunities exist for engineers working with embedded systems.
Common embedded software engineer responsibilities
Embedded software engineers are responsible for performing a range of important tasks to create, test and implement embedded software systems. Responsibilities and tasks may include:
- Using programming expertise, primarily in C/C++, but also Python, or Java, to develop refined embedded systems;
- Optimising the embedded software device performance;
- Coding, testing, analysing, troubleshooting, debugging, and improving the software;
- Ensuring a smooth interface between the software and hardware, and continuing stability of the system;
- Writing embedded software design documentation and preparing status reports;
- Providing support to team members post-production of the device with embedded software;
- Ensuring the compliance of outputs with relevant requirements, codes, and certifications, and in line with customer needs and demands.
Nothing excites embedded software engineers more than seeing a fully efficient embedded software system deployed successfully.
Qualifications for an embedded software engineer
At a minimum, embedded software engineers must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related technical field.
Additional qualifications include:
- Passion for learning the latest technology;
- Analytical with superb C/C++ programming skills;
- Proficiency in object-oriented design and using real-time computer operating systems;
- Some experience working with embedded systems, including troubleshooting, and debugging;
- Clear written and verbal communication skills to work easily with other engineers and team members like project managers, data analysts and architects.
An entry level embedded software engineer will focus primarily on the basics of the embedded software, while a more senior engineer will have 7-8 years of experience and focus on the performance of the entire system. A principal embedded systems engineer typically has at least 10 years of working experience.
With progress in the embedded software engineering role, engineers can gain greater responsibility for project management, supervising, training, planning, strategy development and budget control. An ambitious embedded software engineer can also grow into the roles of Chief Software Engineer and Chief Technology Officer.
Embedded engineers can also choose to use their skills in other roles such as a Sales Engineer or Quality Assurance Engineer.
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