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Working As An Asic Design Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $92,442

    Average Salary

What Does An Asic Design Engineer Do

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. These engineers discover new directions in computer hardware, which generate rapid advances in computer technology.

Duties

Computer hardware engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new computer hardware, creating schematics of computer equipment to be built
  • Test the completed models of the computer hardware they design
  • Analyze the test results and modify the design as needed
  • Update existing computer equipment so that it will work with new software
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for computer hardware
  • Maintain knowledge of computer engineering trends and new technology

Many hardware engineers design noncomputer devices that incorporate processors and other computer components and connect to the Internet. For example, many car parts have computer systems embedded in them. Computer hardware engineers also are designing a growing number of medical devices with a computer system and the ability to connect to the Internet.

Computer hardware engineers ensure that computer hardware components work together with the latest software. Therefore, hardware engineers often work with software developers. For example, the hardware and software for a mobile phone frequently are developed jointly. Hardware engineers also may perform some computer programming in a hardware description language (HDL), which describes the digital circuits in hardware. Using this language, computer hardware engineers can simulate how the hardware design would work, test for errors, and then fix the design.

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How To Become An Asic Design Engineer

Most computer hardware engineers need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited computer engineering program.

Education

Most entry-level computer hardware engineers have a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, although a degree in electrical engineering or computer science also is generally acceptable. A computer engineering major is similar to a major in electrical engineering but with a heavy emphasis on computer science.

Many engineering programs are accredited by ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Employers may prefer students from an accredited program. To prepare for a major in computer or electrical engineering, students should have a solid background in math and science.

Because hardware engineers commonly work with computer software systems, a familiarity with computer programming usually is expected. This background may be obtained through computer science courses.

Some large firms or specialized jobs may require a master’s degree in computer engineering. Some experienced engineers obtain a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). All engineers must continue their learning over the course of their careers in order to keep up with rapid advances in technology.

Other Experience

Some students participate in internships while in school so that they can gain practical experience.

Advancement

Some computer hardware engineers can advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer hardware engineers use computer programming tools to analyze the digital circuits in hardware to determine the best design.

Creativity. Computer hardware engineers design new types of information technology devices.

Critical-thinking skills. These engineers use logic and reasoning to clarify goals, examine assumptions, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.

Problem-solving skills. Computer hardware engineers identify complex problems in computer hardware, develop and evaluate possible solutions, and figure out the best way to implement them.

Speaking skills. Engineers often work on teams and must be able to communicate with other types of engineers as well as with nontechnical team members.

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Asic Design Engineer Career Paths

Asic Design Engineer
Senior Hardware Engineer Staff Engineer Senior Member Technical Staff
Analog Design Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Verification Engineer Senior Software Engineer Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Staff Design Engineer Design Manager Engineering Director
Engineering And Operations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Validation Engineer Hardware Design Engineer
Hardware Development Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Design Verification Engineer Senior Design Engineer Senior Hardware Engineer
Lead Hardware Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Design Engineer Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer
Principal Design Engineer
13 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Principal Electrical Engineer
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Design Engineer Senior Hardware Engineer
Principal Hardware Engineer
13 Yearsyrs
Verification Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Hardware Engineer Hardware Design Engineer Digital Design Engineer
Senior Digital Design Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Hardware Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Design Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Product Design Engineer Electronics Engineer
Senior Electronic Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Hardware Engineer
Senior Hardware Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Staff Engineer
Senior Staff Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Asic Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.8%

Female

12.3%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

47.1%

Asian

42.1%

Hispanic or Latino

6.0%

Unknown

3.8%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

22.7%

Japanese

18.2%

Mandarin

13.6%

French

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%

Dutch

4.5%

German

4.5%

Hebrew

4.5%

Russian

4.5%

Armenian

4.5%

Spanish

4.5%
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Asic Design Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

16.3%

University of Southern California

10.6%

Santa Clara University

7.1%

University of California - Davis

5.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

Arizona State University

5.0%

University of Florida

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

University of California - Santa Barbara

3.5%

Lehigh University

3.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

Purdue University

3.5%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.5%

Cornell University

3.5%

Syracuse University

2.8%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

2.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

64.4%

Computer Engineering

15.8%

Business

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Engineering

1.7%

Computer Science

1.4%

Biomedical Engineering

1.2%

Computer Networking

1.0%

Management

0.7%

Drafting And Design

0.7%

Finance

0.7%

Project Management

0.7%

Marketing

0.7%

Mathematics

0.5%

Philosophy

0.5%

Computer Applications

0.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

0.5%

Apparel And Textiles

0.2%

Information Sciences

0.2%
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Degrees

Masters

56.6%

Bachelors

33.3%

Doctorate

4.8%

Other

3.9%

Associate

0.9%

Certificate

0.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Asic Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 05, 2016 $209,880 -
$233,900
Asic Design ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 16, 2016 $205,000 -
$225,000
Asic Design ENG 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 08, 2016 $203,000 -
$223,000
Asic Design ENG 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 29, 2016 $197,000 -
$217,000
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 06, 2016 $188,000 -
$191,000
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 05, 2016 $185,640 -
$191,200
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 28, 2015 $184,000 -
$224,700
Asic Design ENG 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 08, 2016 $179,000 -
$199,000
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 26, 2016 $177,606 -
$191,000
Asic Design ENG 4 Apple Inc. Austin, TX Dec 26, 2016 $175,000 -
$195,000
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 25, 2016 $175,000 -
$191,000
Asic Design ENG 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 29, 2016 $172,000 -
$192,000
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 16, 2016 $171,000 -
$191,000
Asic Physical Design Engineer, SR. II Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 05, 2016 $129,800 -
$149,800
SR. Asic/Layout Design Engineer Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 12, 2015 $129,360
SR. Asic/Layout Design Engineer Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 29, 2015 $129,360
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 21, 2015 $129,262 -
$187,200
Asic Design ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 15, 2016 $129,000 -
$149,000
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 24, 2016 $129,000 -
$151,300
Asic Engineer Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA Feb 17, 2016 $128,750
Asic Design ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 04, 2016 $128,322 -
$144,000
Asic Design ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 14, 2016 $108,992 -
$151,300
Asic Design ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 27, 2016 $108,992 -
$151,300
Asic Design ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 16, 2016 $108,992 -
$151,300
Asic Engineer Einfochips, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 07, 2016 $108,992
Asic Physical Design Engineer II Aricent N.A. Santa Clara, CA Jun 29, 2016 $108,992 -
$133,992
Asic Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 25, 2016 $108,992 -
$110,860
Asic Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 15, 2016 $108,992 -
$135,100
Asic Physical Design Engineer II Aricent N.A. San Jose, CA Jun 29, 2016 $108,992 -
$133,992

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Top Skills for An Asic Design Engineer

VerilogRTLLogicSynthesisFpgaIPMemoryStaticTimingAnalysisHDLArchitectureSOCCADTimingClosurePerlPCIECOAsicsTestVectorGenerationXilinxLSIDFTPhysicalDesign

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Top Asic Design Engineer Skills

  1. Verilog RTL
  2. Logic Synthesis
  3. Fpga
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design n Verilog RTL and verification in Vera.
  • Performed logic synthesis/DFT-insert using DC/DFT-Max - test compression.
  • Provided consolidation of several on-board components on legacy circuit packs into FPGAs, resulting in huge cost reductions.
  • Contributed to the successful completion and shipment of 2 receiver architectures and 3 pager designs.
  • Reviewed and supervised users' configuration file, memory selection, and critical path timing.

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