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Become A Circuit Design Engineer

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Working As A Circuit Design Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $96,534

    Average Salary

What Does A Circuit Design Engineer Do At Bae Systems

* Perform technical trade studies to determine feasibility of potential Digital Control approaches, and recommend alternative solutions.
* Use this information to solve complex technical problems.
* Evaluate design alternatives to create optimum system designs to maximize function/cost ratio.
* Help prove design concepts through a combination of computer simulation and physical laboratory integration and testing.
* Help carry the design from concept to manufacture according to our Product Lifecycle management process.
* This involves working in a collaborative cross-functional team.
* Develop an understanding of and provide guidance to the Design teams for DO
* and EASA CM
* SWCEH-001 Electronic Hardware Certification

What Does A Circuit Design Engineer Do At Apple

* Ownership of analog and digital circuits used in SerDes PHY, including evaluation of different circuit topologies for specific product requirements (e.g., Rx, CDR, Tx, bias generator, clock generation and distribution, etc.).
* Interact with cross-functional teams to define requirements/specs (e.g., modeling, package, board, DFT, ESD, etc.).
* Create block-level specifications based on link-budget, behavioral modeling, and transistor-level feasibility.
* Work closely with mask design to implement layout view of designs.
* Generation/QA of various IP Kit views/files for release to IP consumers.
* Defining production/bench-level testplans.
* Hold design reviews of blocks with peers/management to show design meets spec targets and requirements

What Does A Circuit Design Engineer Do At Qualcomm

* schematic entry, circuit simulation, circuit optimization, layout implementation, and timing analysis (RTL to GDS).
* Designs must meet aggressive targets for circuit performance, dynamic power, leakage power and area.
* Candidate must be able to work effectively as part of a highly integrated and interdependent design team to meet project objectives.
* Work with machine architects to develop novel circuit structures that provide competitive advantage to Qualcomms microprocessors.
* Work with technology team to exploit leading edge foundry solutions.
* This role spans semi-custom data path macros to full custom memory design.
* All Qualcomm employees are expected to actively support diversity on their teams, and in the Company

What Does A Circuit Design Engineer Do At Leidos

* Able to evaluate electrical systems, components, and applications for EO systems.
* Able to take conceptual electronic designs and turn into real-life, working circuits using electrical engineering software tools.
* Coordinating electronic design projects by collaborating and guiding electronic technicians.
* Proficient in the use of Microcontrollers and embedded processors, and able to perform A/D, D/A, and I/O design.
* Design electronic circuits using photodetector circuits, high-speed low-noise trans impedance amplifier design, high speed comparator circuits, and instrumentation amplifier design, on-board power management, MOSFET driver design, LED current driver design (analog), laser diode driver design.
* Support Government and contractor team engineers and scientists in EO system modeling, phenomenology studies, sensor design, sensor integration, sensor data collection, data processing, exploitation, sensor fusion, and generation of sensor products

What Does A Circuit Design Engineer Do At Texas Instruments

* Working with design teams to create design verification solutions that ensure first pass success
* Working with other functional groups to define and architect new products
* Leading the IC design and simulating both system architecture and detailed analog circuit blocks
* Supervising blocks and full chip layout
* Debugging at the silicon level and interacting with product engineering to characterize product
* Supporting test development to ensure proper test coverage of the product
* Working close with other functional groups to support product release
* This person will be involved with designing and verifying the designs of buck regulators, boost regulators, buck controllers and boost controllers.
* These projects will require advanced knowledge of analog circuit design techniques and substantial experience using the Cadence design environment.
* A function of this position will also include the mentoring of junior designers

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How To Become A Circuit Design Engineer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.

Education

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Real Circuit Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
PHY Circuit Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 21, 2015 $163,000 -
$183,000
Principal Engineer-Circuit Design Engineering Rambus Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 27, 2016 $155,000 -
$185,000
Principal Engineer, Circuit Design Engineering Rambus Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 01, 2016 $140,000 -
$165,000
Principal Engineer-Circuit Design Engineering-DI Rambus Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 10, 2013 $140,000 -
$155,000
Principal Engineer, Circuit Design Engineering Rambus Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 01, 2016 $140,000 -
$165,000
Staff Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuit Design Engineer Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 16, 2016 $136,448 -
$176,800
Smts-Circuit Design Engineering-Digital Rambus Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 29, 2016 $135,000 -
$165,000
Smts-Circuit Design Engineering Rambus Inc. Chapel Hill, NC Jan 10, 2016 $135,000 -
$165,000
Smts-Circuit Design Engineering Rambus Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 14, 2016 $135,000 -
$165,000
SR. Input/Output Circuit Design Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 20, 2015 $131,000 -
$145,392
Printed Circuit Board Design Engineer Planet Labs Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 25, 2015 $130,000
Senior Analog/Rf Circuit Design Engineer/Wireless/Wired Communications Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 31, 2016 $128,336 -
$142,400
Integrated Circuit Design Engineer Infotech Spectrum, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 10, 2015 $126,000
Cmos RF Integrated Circuit Design Engineer Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Dec 01, 2015 $116,480 -
$118,915
Senior Circuit Design Engineer Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 09, 2013 $114,766
Senior Input/Output Circuit Design Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 05, 2014 $113,990 -
$132,961
PLL Circuit Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 01, 2016 $113,000 -
$133,000
Circuit Design Engineer II Kineticom, Inc. Atlanta, GA May 28, 2016 $111,925 -
$116,000
Circuit Design Engineer II Kineticom, Inc. San Diego, CA May 28, 2016 $111,925 -
$116,000
Sram Circuit Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 24, 2014 $110,032 -
$130,000
Circuit Design Engineer II Kineticom, Inc. Denver, CO May 28, 2013 $102,190 -
$105,000
Circuit Design Engineer II Kineticom, Inc. San Diego, CA May 28, 2013 $102,190 -
$105,000
Circuit Design Engineer II Kineticom, Inc. Addison, TX May 28, 2013 $102,190 -
$105,000
Circuit Design Engineer Analog Bits, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 12, 2013 $102,000
Microelectronic Circuit Design Staff Engineer Pericom Semiconductor Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 12, 2015 $102,000
Senior Analog/Rf Circuit Design Engineer/Pmic Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 13, 2016 $100,714 -
$124,200
Senior Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuit Design Engineer/Ate Test Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 31, 2016 $99,154 -
$124,200
Senior Circuit Design Engineer Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC Austin, TX Oct 06, 2016 $98,862 -
$117,984

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Top Skills for A Circuit Design Engineer

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Top Circuit Design Engineer Skills

  1. Circuit Design
  2. Layout
  3. Analog Circuits
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served as Subject Matter Expert for several Global Crossing Transport Network platforms for network circuit designs and EON inventory issues.
  • Created a program in Python to automatically compare die layouts which increased productivity of engineers in charge of that task.
  • Designed and simulated high performance analog circuits.
  • Designed, configured and engineered enterprise network (DS3, DS1, Subrates).
  • Verified that product met electro-migration (EM) and self-heat (SH) rules for a product lifetime of 7 years.

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