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Working As A Device 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

  • $95,142

    Average Salary

What Does A Device Engineer Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

Duties

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

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How To Become A Device 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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Device Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.6%

Female

16.2%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

55.8%

Asian

29.1%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Unknown

6.0%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Mandarin

19.4%

Chinese

16.1%

Spanish

12.9%

Japanese

9.7%

Carrier

9.7%

French

6.5%

Hindi

6.5%

Korean

6.5%

Marathi

3.2%

Malay

3.2%

Gujarati

3.2%

Urdu

3.2%
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Device Engineer Education

Schools

Arizona State University

14.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

9.5%

University of Texas at Austin

8.4%

San Jose State University

7.4%

Stanford University

6.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

University of Connecticut

3.2%

University of Florida

3.2%

North Carolina State University

3.2%

University of Pennsylvania

3.2%

Brigham Young University

3.2%

University of Central Florida

3.2%

University of California - Riverside

3.2%

South Dakota State University

3.2%

University of Phoenix

3.2%

University of Virginia

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

38.8%

Mechanical Engineering

7.6%

Physics

7.2%

Business

6.8%

Computer Engineering

6.3%

Biomedical Engineering

5.5%

Materials Science And Engineering

3.8%

Chemical Engineering

3.4%

Management

3.0%

Engineering

3.0%

Computer Science

3.0%

Materials Sciences

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Psychology

1.3%

Information Technology

1.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Communication

1.3%

Project Management

0.8%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%

Music

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

33.8%

Bachelors

32.0%

Doctorate

18.2%

Other

10.5%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

1.5%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Device Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager II Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 25, 2015 $178,443
Principal Android Device Engineer/Architect Magiccube, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 10, 2015 $155,000
Principal Device Engineer Power Integrations, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 19, 2015 $150,000 -
$160,000
Staff Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 31, 2015 $135,462
Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Jun 29, 2016 $135,000 -
$155,000
Staff Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 14, 2015 $134,605
MTS Device Technology Engineer Spansion LLC Sunnyvale, CA Jan 07, 2015 $134,214
Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA May 16, 2016 $133,900 -
$153,900
Staff Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Dec 17, 2015 $130,562
Principal Device Engineer Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC San Jose, CA Aug 28, 2015 $130,000
Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Dec 16, 2015 $125,965 -
$145,965
Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Nov 08, 2016 $124,696 -
$144,696
Staff Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 14, 2015 $124,634
MTS Device Technology Engineer Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 05, 2015 $124,330 -
$160,000
Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Oct 14, 2015 $105,394
Device Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Jul 09, 2016 $105,300
Device Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Jun 15, 2016 $105,300
Device Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Nov 25, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Sourcing Engineer-Devices Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 21, 2016 $104,500 -
$124,500
Scientist/Semiconductor Device Engineer Analog Devices Inc. Wilmington, MA May 09, 2016 $103,293 -
$117,400
Tcad Device Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 03, 2016 $103,101
Tcad Device Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 08, 2015 $103,101
Device Engineer Royole Corporation Fremont, CA Nov 30, 2016 $92,581
Device Engineer II Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 13, 2015 $92,250
Device Engineer II Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Jun 21, 2016 $92,162 -
$111,991
Principal Engineer TD Device Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Sep 07, 2015 $92,123 -
$121,000
Medical Device Engineer Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jun 06, 2016 $90,896 -
$117,800
MTS TD Device Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Jul 09, 2016 $90,064 -
$145,500
Principal Engineer TD Device Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Jul 09, 2016 $90,064 -
$140,000
Device Engineer Nexius Insight, Inc. Reston, VA Jul 12, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Device Engineer

DeviceCharacterizationReliabilityCmosHardwareSemiconductorDevicesLayoutRFCADRNewProductDevelopmentDataAnalysisFailureAnalysisDOEStatisticalProcessControlMedicalDeviceAndroidOSMosfetDevicePerformanceProcessIntegrationWindows

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Top Device Engineer Skills

  1. Device Characterization
  2. Reliability
  3. Cmos
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted the electrical device characterization of process development experiments.
  • Extended foundry models to include reliability modeling and gate leakage modeling.
  • Optimized the device structures and models for existing technologies such as Bipolar and CMOS; 4.
  • Design and integrate control software and hardware in support of multiple programs.
  • Designed and qualified multiple semiconductor devices.

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