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Become A PCB Designer

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Working As A PCB Designer

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $68,640

    Average Salary

What Does A PCB Designer Do At Spacex

* Determination of layer stackup, perform component package selection, component placement, routing feasibility studies, and signal routing of digital, analog, RF and power conversion Printed Circuit Boards (PCB)
* Library creation and maintenance
* Creation and release of documentation for fabrication of PCBs
* Collaborate with internal teams and PCB vendors to continually improve design rules, constraints and Design for Test and Manufacture guidelines
* PCB design tools, maintenance, evaluate new tools, and training team members

What Does A PCB Designer Do At Fujitsu

* Develop and deliver working Digital/mixed signal PCB schematics and layout designs.
* Develop Boards, Debug, simulation and Resolve PCB design issues with fabrication and manufacturing vendors.
* Edit and revise existing flex and rigid multilayer printed wiring board designs.
* Work individually or with teams of layout designers supporting customer needs.
* Run SI & all Power Shorts/Opens after PCB’s are Fab’d out.
* Assist/Manage testing of the FPGA and ASIC reference Boards for functional and performance testing.
* Management responsibilities will eventually include expanding the team through recruiting, managing, mentoring and motivating team members

What Does A PCB Designer Do At ASRC Federal Holding Company

* The PCB Designer/Layout Engineer will support the design and development of complex PCB designs for Ground Support, Testing, and Flight systems.
* This position will support all phases of design, including schematic capture, layout, routing, symbol and footprint creation, generation of Gerber files, assembly drawings and other required PCB fabrication drawings and files as required.
* The PCB Designer/Layout Engineer will work directly with the design engineers and mechanical engineers for part placement and packaging, providing estimates of efforts and working to assigned schedules.
* A successful candidate will be a resourceful problem solver who is able to work around technical obstacles and work independently with little direct supervision.
* This individual will be a leader working in a fast-paced and challenging environment supporting multiple missions at Goddard Space Flight Center.
* The PCB Designer/Layout Engineer will provide technical direction and guidance on electrical engineering analyses, design, development, and layout support for high performance PCB designs and assemblies for aerospace applications, including the following:
* Design and development of analog and high speed digital circuitry for systems that include Satellite Antenna tracking, detector controls, navigation systems, C&DH systems, and ground support test systems.
* Support design engineers in activities from circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, testing/debugging through PCB layout.
* Provide all required documentation such as layout, routing, symbol and footprint creation, generation of Gerber files, assembly drawings and other required PCB fabrication files from inception through release.
* Provide technical consultation advice to project managers regarding design issues, development and PCB layout

What Does A PCB Designer Do At Formfactor

* Work from documents supplied by the customer and Applications Engineering (design input), identifying and correcting omissions and/or errors.
* Produce schematics for designs.
* Thoroughly understand product purpose and customer requirements.
* Participate in PCB layout reviews.
* Evaluate data and develop a plan that will produce the best design with the shortest cycle time.
* Utilize internal and external resources as needed to resolve design issues.
* Create design in CAD system from existing files.
* Generate all output files required to manufacture, assemble and test the final product.
* Develop new processes or significantly enhance existing ones, documenting changes as needed.
* May be required to make purchase decisions and qualify vendors.
* Provide leadership and direction for less experienced designers

What Does A PCB Designer Do At Mentor, A Siemens Business

* As a Printed Circuit Board Design Applications Engineer with Mentor’s Systems Design Team, you will support consultative sales efforts at the world’s leading semiconductor and electronic equipment manufacturers.
* As an Applications Engineer at Mentor, your primary responsibility is to secure technical design wins for Mentor's product and service offerings.
* Specifically, you will be responsible for PCB Layout technical wins with the industry leading Xpedition Design Flow.
* Activities will include delivering technical presentations, conducting product demonstrations and benchmarks, as well as participating in development of account sales strategies leading to market share gains for Mentor.
* Your territory coverage will consists of Key Accounts located in, butnot limited to, the Western United States (primarily Northern California, Washington, Utah with additional opportunities in Arizona and Southern California).
* While your accounts will primarily be in California and the Pacific Northwest, you will be responsible for collaborating with peers located all over the world and communicating essential status updates to a variety of stakeholders

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How To Become A PCB Designer

Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to a certificate or an associate’s degree in drafting.


Drafters generally need to complete postsecondary education in drafting. This is typically done through a 2-year associate’s degree from a technical institute or community college.

Technical institutes offer instruction in design fundamentals, sketching, and CAD (computer-aided design) software and award certificates or diplomas upon completion. Programs vary in length but are generally 2 years of full-time education. The types of courses offered will also vary by institution. Some institutions may specialize in only one type of drafting, such as mechanical or architectural drafting.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes that lead to an associate of applied science in drafting or related degree. After completing an associate’s degree program, graduates may get jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a 4-year college. Most 4-year colleges do not offer training in drafting, but they do offer classes in engineering, architecture, and mathematics.

To prepare for postsecondary education, high school students who take courses in mathematics, science, computer technology, design, computer graphics, and where available, drafting, may find such classes useful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) offers certification for drafters. Although not mandatory, certification demonstrates competence and knowledge of nationally recognized practices. Certifications are offered for several specialties, including architectural, civil, and mechanical drafting.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Drafters must be able to turn plans and ideas into technical drawings that will guide the creation of real buildings, tools, and systems.

Detail oriented. Drafters must pay close attention to details so that the plans they convert are technically accurate according to the outlined specifications.

Interpersonal skills. Drafters work closely with architects, engineers, and other designers to make sure that final plans are accurate. This requires the ability to take advice and constructive criticism, as well as to offer it.

Math skills. Drafters work on technical drawings. They may be required to solve mathematical calculations involving factors such as angles, weights, and costs.

Technical skills. Drafters in all specialties must be able to use computer software, such as CAD, and work with database tools, such as BIM (building information modeling).

Time-management skills. Drafters often work under strict deadlines. As a result, they must work efficiently in order to produce the required output according to set schedules.

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PCB Designer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • Spanish

  • Galician

  • Carrier

  • Cantonese

  • Mandarin

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Real PCB Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Hardware PCB Design Lead Teradyne, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 07, 2016 $107,004
PCB Designer Sonos, Inc. Santa Barbara, CA Sep 27, 2013 $95,000
PCB Designer Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. Colorado Springs, CO Oct 01, 2012 $67,642 -
PCB Designer Srishti I2I Biz Solutions Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 09, 2016 $60,000
Project Designer, PCB Design Rockwell Automation, Inc. Mequon, WI Sep 01, 2014 $60,000
Project Engineer-PCB Design Rockwell Automation, Inc. Mequon, WI Sep 01, 2014 $60,000

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Top Skills for A PCB Designer


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Top PCB Designer Skills

  1. Schematic Capture
  2. CAD Skill
  3. Cadence Allegro
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided printed circuit board design, schematic capture, mechanical design, and drafting.
  • Designed analog, digital and mixed signal printed circuit boards with Mentor Graphics V7, V8 and Cadence Allegro PCB software.
  • Utilized schematic enter to layout, for placement and routing of RF, HDI, digital, and analog designs.
  • Performed Library development and maintenance in multiple site locations.
  • Used Orcad Capture and Layout for new production ready PCB designs.

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