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Working As A Firmware Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $93,394

    Average Salary

What Does A Firmware Engineer Do At National Oilwell Varco

* Design, test and deploy embedded code for rotary steerable control, navigation and communication systems
* Support development of software tools to communicate to and test rotary steerable drilling systems
* Advise Electrical and Mechanical Engineering teams on system architecture and hardware specifications
* Analyze system performance during and after field use
* Troubleshoot firmware and electrical issues identified during lab testing and field operation
* Compile engineering documentation and communicate to internal and external resources
* Support in the publication of Technical Papers and Patents
* Mentor junior Engineers
* Perform other work-related tasks as assigned.
* Comply with all NOV Company and HSE policies and procedures

What Does A Firmware Engineer Do At Johnson Controls

* Communicate within the team to understand requirements and initiate proof of concept implementation.
* Engage with the software & hardware teams to specify, Test strategy, software design, build and test features.
* Work on resolution of complex issues and provide update to Technical panel.
* Employ best in class practices to achieve a seamless user experience and robust/reliable implementation.
* Able to write code with optimum resources utilization in terms of RAM and processor.
* Create and maintain Documents.
* Setting up development environment and tools, both for the internal engineering team as well as for developers using JCI platform
* Source control GitHub, CCM, version management and defects management
* Write extensive unite test cases for software modules, system services and APIs.
* Test boundary conditions and RAM optimization.
* Participate in code review and use Static Code analyzer.
* Able to multitask to support different projects
* Share knowledge with team and demonstrate team spirit.
* Supporting responsibilities:
* On-time completion of assigned project deliveries
* Work with identified team/vendors to implement the codes
* Participate in the POC to product development transition
* Participate in Quality assurance, improvement activities and auditing.
* Discipline use of allocated budget to maintain viability and future cost of product development
* Improve technical competencies and skill levels based on project requirements and inputs from Technical lead/Analyst.
* Key performance indicators:
* On Time delivery
* Innovative ways of working
* High Quality

What Does A Firmware Engineer Do At Acuity Brands

* Test and integrate LED light engines and LED drivers for new products.
* Stay current with new LED technologies including LEDs, drivers, and lighting control protocols.
* Develop embedded firmware related to color control, LED drive, LED compensation, and systems communications utilizing a number of lighting control protocols such as DMX/RDM.
* Engineer circuit board design and layout as it relates to LED Luminaires.
* Develop testing procedures and guidelines for the testing and/or troubleshooting of electronic luminaires, qualification documentation for new products, and general laboratory testing procedures.
* Engage customers, both internal and external, to understand their needs, determine value propositions, and convert to solutions.
* Usage of software lifecycle management tools and practices including configuration management, issue tracking, continuous integration, automated builds, and updates distribution
* years of experience designing and coding embedded firmware
* Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (CS), Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Engineering (CE), or equivalent
* Evaluation and testing of various electronic products
* Experience working with object-oriented design and related programming concepts
* Demonstrated knowledge of the lighting control protocols DMX/RDM over EIA
* and DALI.
* Utilizes Agile methodologies including Sprint, Scrum, and Test Driven Development
* Able to develop test and simulation applications or scripts
* Proficient in high-level structured programming languages (e.g.
* C, C++)
* Experience across a range of embedded platforms from deeply embedded (8/16-bit, limited memory, no RTOS) to embedded RTOS or Linux-based platforms
* Experience in developing HW solutions using tools such as debuggers and scopes
* Experience with communication and networking protocols (I2C, SPI, RS
* Ethernet, etc.)
* Experience with wireless communication protocols (Wi
* Fi, ZigBee, Bluetooth, BLE)
* Experience working in a fast paced, growing organization with the ability to balance multiple priorities and objectives simultaneously
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to understand and explain technical issues to peers and non-technical audience

What Does A Firmware Engineer Do At Xylem

* The Embedded Firmware Engineer is responsible for the development and ongoing engineering support of the Sensus portfolio of electric meter products and systems.
* This position provides designs that meet utility and industry requirements as well as internal requirements for cost effectiveness, accuracy, functionality, performance, and reliability.
* Additionally, this position will:
* Be responsible for the design, documentation, implementation, testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance of electronic products and other hardware and software systems for electricity meters and systems required to test and calibrate meters.
* Have experience in writing system specifications (SPEC), product requirements document (PRD) and prototype test plans (TP)
* Test and Report on embedded code in peer review function
* Lead and contribute to code validation and debug in real-world application
* Have solid skills developing in C and assembly language applications
* Have experience developing and debugging real time embedded systems
* Have experience in embedded system architecture; software and hardware
* Strong knowledge of concepts and algorithms with and without real time operating system
* Work with the design engineering team on meter projects, assisting with design calculations, analog and digital circuit design and PCB schematic/layouts, programming and test firmware using C and assembly for embedded systems and software
* Assist Quality Assurance and Marketing in investigating and analyzing customer issues.
* Assist in troubleshooting and optimizing manufacturing processes.
* Assist system engineers and marketing program managers in making recommendations for solutions to specific metering applications.
* Understanding and use of the meter configuration tools will be required to assist in the development of specific customers application programs.
* Interface with various third-party Automated Meter Reading (AMR) companies on the integration of their technology with the Sensus portfolio of metering products.
* Ensure all of aspects of electronic design and development including schedule adherence, cost, and performance/quality of the end product.
* Have the ability to mentor other engineers

What Does A Firmware Engineer Do At Caci International

* Learning, investigating and analyzing the functional capabilities and test requirements of electronic warfare systems dominated by RF signaling and DSP-centric implementations (among other technologies) centered around architectures containing large-scale FPGAs
* Generating, debugging and maintaining extensive simulation test bench environments, test cases and regression test suites to serve as the functional verification infrastructure for electronic warfare system components
* Addressing and implementing verification techniques and concepts such as bus functional models (BFM), transaction level modeling (TLM), metrics, assertions, code/functional coverage, and constrained randomization
* Employing scripting techniques for batch executions and to shield users from underlying complexities
* Employing co-verification techniques that can work in conjunction with other simulation-based modeling systems such as MATLAB and SIMULINK
* Assisting in making digital designs more visible and testable
* Generating and maintaining test and verification documentation such as test plans and procedures
* Managing source code development through team-wide version control system
* Adhering to configuration management processes, standards and protocols for maximum functional reliability, design integrity, and traceability to requirements and specifications
* Performing independent reviews of deliverables produced by other team members
* Working within a firmware group in a team setting, as well as communicating and unifying efforts with other groups (software, system, and test) to achieve project goals

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How To Become A Firmware Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.


Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.


Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Firmware Engineer Career Paths

Firmware Engineer
Principal Software Engineer Principal Engineer Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Lead Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Analyst
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Senior Member Technical Staff Software Engineer-Consultant
Principle Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Software Development Engineer Embedded Software Engineer
Senior Embedded Software Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer
Senior Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Firmware Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician
Senior Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Technical Specialist Web Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer-Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Software Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Technician Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Architect Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Engineering Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer-Consultant Principal Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Firmware Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Cantonese

  • Swedish

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

  • Hebrew

  • Thai

  • Cebuano

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Real Firmware Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Firmware Engineer Nextev LLC San Jose, CA Nov 21, 2016 $185,000
Firmware Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 28, 2016 $184,000
Mac Firmware Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 10, 2015 $178,000
Manager II, Firmware Engineer Management Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Feb 27, 2015 $173,041
Firmware Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 11, 2015 $165,000 -
Firmware Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 06, 2015 $165,000 -
Firmware Engineer Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Dec 22, 2016 $160,000 -
Firmware Engineer Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. Milpitas, CA Jun 09, 2016 $160,000
Firmware Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2016 $159,500 -
Firmware Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Dec 16, 2015 $159,100 -
Staff Firmware Engineer Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 08, 2016 $157,477 -
Firmware Engineer Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Mar 08, 2016 $157,477 -
Staff Firmware Engineer CNEX Labs, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 11, 2016 $157,477
SSD Firmware Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Milpitas, CA Mar 23, 2016 $157,369
R and D Engineer Firmware 4 LSI Corporation, An Avago Technologies Company Colorado Springs, CO Jun 14, 2016 $117,000
Firmware Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Oct 26, 2016 $116,982 -
Firmware Engineer Intel Mobile Communications North America Santa Clara, CA Aug 22, 2016 $116,875 -
Firmware Engineer Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 15, 2016 $116,874 -
Engineer Staff, Firmware Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC San Jose, CA Aug 29, 2015 $116,800
Engineer Staff, Firmware On Semiconductor Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 29, 2015 $116,800
Staff Firmware Engineer Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 22, 2016 $116,447 -
Staff Firmware Engineer Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 23, 2016 $116,447 -
Firmware Engineer III Receptec Corporation Holly, MI Jun 05, 2015 $94,725 -
Firmware Engineer III Receptec Corporation Holly, MI Sep 03, 2016 $94,725 -
Engineer, Staff II-Firmware Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Sep 28, 2015 $94,665 -
Firmware Engineer Intel Corporation Longmont, CO Jan 13, 2016 $94,536 -
Firmware Engineer Intel Corporation Longmont, CO Dec 01, 2016 $94,536 -
Firmware Engineer Intel Corporation Longmont, CO Oct 26, 2015 $94,536 -
Firmware Engineer Intel Corporation Longmont, CO Aug 19, 2015 $94,536 -
Firmware Engineer Intel Corporation Longmont, CO Sep 19, 2015 $94,536 -

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Top Skills for A Firmware Engineer


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Top Firmware Engineer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Assembly Language
  3. C/C++
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform firmware and hardware upgrades necessary to add proprietary communications protocol used with new RS-485 interface.
  • Developed firmware code using C or Assembly languages and potentially utilize Visual product skills.
  • Developed, analyzed, debugged C/C++ code for Hard Disk Drive Controller Firmware.
  • Assisted in debugging of socket based, and Linux specific bugs on all platforms.
  • Developed an I2C device driver on TI micro controller.

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Firmware Engineer Videos

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Reverse engineering vendor firmware drivers for little fun and no profit [linux.conf.au 2014]