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Working As A Design Verification Engineer

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

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Verification 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 A Design Verification 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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Design Verification Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.5%

Female

20.4%

Unknown

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

50.2%

Asian

37.7%

Unknown

6.4%

Hispanic or Latino

4.7%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Vietnamese

13.3%

Spanish

13.3%

French

13.3%

Chinese

6.7%

Telugu

6.7%

German

6.7%

Greek

6.7%

Hindi

6.7%

Hebrew

6.7%

Russian

6.7%

Korean

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%
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Design Verification Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

12.6%

University of Texas at Austin

10.9%

University of Texas at Dallas

10.1%

Santa Clara University

6.7%

Arizona State University

5.9%

Purdue University

5.9%

University of Washington

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

University of Florida

4.2%

Texas Tech University

4.2%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.4%

Syracuse University

2.5%

North Carolina State University

2.5%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

2.5%

California State University - Los Angeles

2.5%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

2.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

56.6%

Computer Engineering

18.2%

Computer Science

3.8%

Engineering

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Business

1.9%

Marketing

1.3%

Physics

1.3%

Biomedical Engineering

1.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Drafting And Design

0.9%

Computer Information Systems

0.9%

Architecture

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

0.6%

Digital Media

0.6%

Mechatronics And Robotics

0.6%

Aviation

0.6%

Law

0.6%
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Degrees

Masters

55.6%

Bachelors

33.2%

Other

5.3%

Doctorate

2.9%

Associate

2.1%

Certificate

0.6%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Design Verification Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Design Verification Engineer Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 30, 2016 $189,945
Design Verification Engineer Nytec, Inc. Redmond, WA Oct 10, 2015 $187,830
Senior Design Verification Engineer Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Nov 01, 2015 $182,019
Senior Design Verification Engineer Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Jan 11, 2015 $182,019
Senior Staff Design Verification Engineer I Futurewei Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 30, 2016 $180,000
Design Verification Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 25, 2015 $176,000 -
$196,000
Senior Design Verification Engineer (H/W Design Engineer) Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 18, 2016 $173,000 -
$193,000
Physical Design Verification Engineer/Senior Staff/Manager Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 08, 2016 $172,432 -
$208,600
Asic Design Verification Engineer III Aricent N.A Inc. Austin, TX Mar 17, 2016 $172,000
Asic Design Verification Engineer III Smartplay, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 13, 2015 $172,000
Asic Design Verification Engineer III Aricent N.A. Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 17, 2016 $172,000
Asic Design Verification Engineer III Smartplay, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 13, 2015 $172,000
Asic Design Verification Engineer IV Aricent N.A. Austin, TX Jul 11, 2016 $171,000
Asic Design Verification Engineer IV Aricent N.A. San Jose, CA Jul 11, 2016 $171,000
Asic Design Verification Engineer III Aricent N.A. San Jose, CA Oct 31, 2016 $139,000
Asic Design Verification Engineer III Aricent N.A. Santa Clara, CA Oct 31, 2016 $139,000
Staff Design Verification Engineer/Asic Coherency Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Austin, TX Jun 30, 2016 $137,884 -
$166,700
Staff Design Verification Engineer/Asic Coherency Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 18, 2016 $137,884 -
$166,700
Asic Design Verification Engineer III Aricent N.A. San Jose, CA Sep 06, 2016 $137,700
Asic Design Verification Engineer III Aricent N.A. Santa Clara, CA Jun 09, 2016 $137,700
Design & Verification Engineer Artech Information Systems LLC Raleigh, NC Jun 29, 2015 $114,400
Design Verification Engineer Artech Information Systems LLC Raleigh, NC Jun 29, 2015 $114,400
Design Verification ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 13, 2015 $113,850 -
$118,850
Design Verification Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 13, 2015 $113,000
Asic Design Verification Dengineer SK Hynix Memory Solutions Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 12, 2016 $113,000
Design Verification Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 10, 2015 $113,000 -
$133,000
Staff Design Verification Engineer Analog Devices Inc. Greensboro, NC May 20, 2016 $112,549 -
$115,700
Design Verification Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 15, 2015 $112,044

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Top Skills for A Design Verification Engineer

SystemLevelRTLFunctionalCoverageHardwareAsicDesignVerificationMethodologiesMemoryTestBenchIPPerlScriptsTestCasesCADTestPlanSynthesisSOCLanguagePCIXilinxFpgaVerificationEnvironmentVideo

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Top Design Verification Engineer Skills

  1. System Level
  2. RTL
  3. Functional Coverage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed analog and digital design at the component, board, and system level.
  • Worked with RTL designers to define verification requirements.
  • Performed Code/Functional coverage verification, report generation and analysis.
  • Worked with hardware designers in finding solutions to debugged failures, verifying fixes were in place.
  • Debugged ASIC designs through profiling and waveform inspection.

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