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Working As A Digital 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

  • $89,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Digital Design 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 Digital 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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Digital Design Engineer Career Paths

Digital Design Engineer
Contracting Engineer Staff Engineer Senior Member Technical Staff
Analog Design Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Hardware Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Contracting Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Consulting Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Principal Design Engineer
13 Yearsyrs
Asic Design Engineer Senior Design Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Principal Electrical Engineer
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer
Principal Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Consulting Engineer Hardware Engineer
Principal Hardware Engineer
13 Yearsyrs
Asic Design Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Principal Mechanical Engineer
15 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Development Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Design Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Hardware Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Engineering Director Contracting Engineer
Senior Electronic Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Team Lead Engineering Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Lead Technician Senior Technologist
Senior Engineering Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Hardware Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer Staff Engineer
Senior Staff Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Digital Design Engineer Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Hardware Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 6.1%
Internship 3.3%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.2%
Consultant 3.2%

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Digital Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.3%

Female

11.2%

Unknown

6.5%
Ethnicity

White

52.0%

Asian

19.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

6.7%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

33.3%

Mandarin

22.2%

French

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Hindi

11.1%

Arabic

11.1%
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Digital Design Engineer Education

Schools

Syracuse University

7.6%

San Jose State University

7.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.1%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.1%

University of Southern California

5.1%

Northeastern University

5.1%

Purdue University

5.1%

University of California - Irvine

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

University of Florida

3.8%

North Carolina State University

3.8%

Louisiana Tech University

3.8%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

3.8%

National University

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Santa Clara University

3.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

61.6%

Computer Engineering

14.8%

Business

5.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Computer Science

2.4%

Management

1.6%

Mathematics

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Systems Engineering

0.8%

Finance

0.8%

Computer Networking

0.8%

Architecture

0.8%

Biomedical Engineering

0.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.8%

Education

0.8%

Entertainment Business

0.4%

Engineering Technology

0.4%

Drafting And Design

0.4%

Journalism

0.4%
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Degrees

Masters

46.7%

Bachelors

37.9%

Other

5.9%

Doctorate

5.1%

Associate

2.9%

Certificate

1.5%
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Real Digital Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Digital Design Engineer Inphi Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 03, 2016 $150,000 -
$180,000
Digital Design Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific San Jose, CA Feb 19, 2016 $147,000 -
$179,700
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 19, 2016 $144,300
Digital Design Engineer Soft MacHines, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 03, 2016 $140,000 -
$160,000
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 14, 2015 $139,920
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Jan 04, 2016 $139,920
Staff Digital Design Engineer Integrated Device Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2015 $139,755
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Federal Way, WA Aug 10, 2016 $139,000
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Federal Way, WA Oct 08, 2016 $139,000
Digital Design Engineer Soft MacHines, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 14, 2015 $136,219 -
$175,000
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Santa Clara, CA Jul 06, 2016 $134,000
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Federal Way, WA Aug 17, 2015 $132,800
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 19, 2016 $132,000
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Federal Way, WA Aug 17, 2015 $132,000
Asic Digital Design Engineer Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 23, 2015 $113,357 -
$188,357
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 17, 2015 $113,000
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Apr 15, 2016 $113,000
Digital Design Engineer NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc. Chandler, AZ Dec 11, 2015 $111,173
Engineer, Staff Digital IC Design Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 29, 2015 $109,000 -
$130,000
Engineer, Staff Digital IC Design Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 30, 2015 $109,000 -
$130,000
Asic Digital Design Engineer II Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 12, 2016 $108,992 -
$183,992
Digital Physical Design Engineer Dialog Semiconductor Campbell, CA Dec 14, 2015 $108,992
Digital Design Engineer Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. Torrance, CA Oct 09, 2016 $94,732
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Tucson, AZ Jul 08, 2016 $94,500
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Apr 09, 2016 $94,000
Digital Design Engineer Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 09, 2016 $93,500
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 20, 2016 $93,100
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 06, 2016 $93,000
Digital Design Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Sunnyvale, CA Feb 06, 2015 $93,000
Asic Digital Design Engineer Synopsys, Inc. Boxborough, MA Jul 06, 2015 $92,798 -
$167,798

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Top Skills for A Digital Design Engineer

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  1. Computer
  2. Vhdl
  3. Xilinx Fpga
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed five digital printed circuit boards using Daisy computerized design and simulation system.
  • Authored VHDL development plan to ensure VHDL was developed in a controlled fashion to minimize product defects.
  • Re-designed Antenna Controller CCA replacing an obsolete microprocessor with a Xilinx FPGA.
  • Worked on static timing analysis, synthesis and DFT, providing block-specific constrains and debugging timing issues.
  • Documented design requirements within firmware development plans, firmware specification documents, and firmware implementation documents.

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