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The Embedded Engineer designs software and firmware for microcontrollers or microprocessors that control electronic devices like mobile phones, remote controls, home appliances and brake systems. In addition to writing code, the Embedded Engineer must execute tests as well as track and report outcomes. Depending upon test results, they will work with other engineers to troubleshoot and debug the program when a problem is recognized. Help drafting technical manuals, installing firmware and providing customer support may also be required.
Most embedded software systems are specific to a device, consequently, the Embedded Engineer needs to be able to write code in a variety of languages including Python, C++, Java, CSS and HTML5. In looking for skillsets, many employers will look to hire Embedded Engineers who are familiar with both hardware and software applications. This includes scripting, data analysis and software testing. An education in electrical engineering, software engineering or computer science will provide a great foundation for a career in this field. However, additional experience with Windows, Linux and other operating systems along with skills in project management, algorithm design and reverse engineering are often preferred.
Employment for Embedded Engineers is possible with technology and engineering firms, electronics companies and automobile manufacturers. Because they will work closely with other engineers including product development, hardware, software, mechanical and manufacturing engineers, they must be able to work well with others.