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Working As A Staff 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

  • $116,718

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff 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 Staff 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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Staff Design Engineer Career Paths

Staff Design Engineer
Principal Engineer Program Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Adjunct Professor Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Principal Engineer Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Contract Designer Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Member Technical Staff Design Manager Project Engineering Manager
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Designer Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Contract Designer Mechanical Design Engineer Supplier Quality Engineer
Product Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Project Manager Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Member Technical Staff Principal Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Test Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 3.5%
Engineer 3.2%
Consultant 2.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.6%
Designer 3.6%

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Staff Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.8%

Female

23.9%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

46.5%

Asian

26.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

7.7%

Unknown

6.1%
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Languages Spoken

French

20.0%

Chinese

10.0%

Spanish

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

German

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Russian

3.3%

Vietnamese

3.3%

Hebrew

3.3%

Urdu

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%

Polish

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Korean

3.3%

Italian

3.3%
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Staff Design Engineer Education

Schools

Syracuse University

9.8%

Santa Clara University

9.8%

Iowa State University

7.7%

University of California - Berkeley

7.0%

San Jose State University

7.0%

Arizona State University

4.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

University of California - Davis

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Arizona

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

University of Florida

3.5%

Brigham Young University

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

2.8%

University of South Florida

2.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

43.9%

Computer Engineering

7.8%

Mechanical Engineering

5.8%

Business

5.4%

Graphic Design

5.2%

Interior Design

4.3%

Civil Engineering

4.1%

Drafting And Design

3.2%

Architecture

2.8%

Engineering

2.4%

Design And Visual Communication

1.7%

Fine Arts

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Physics

1.7%

Computer Science

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Aerospace Engineering

1.5%

Communication

1.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Landscape Architecture

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Masters

34.7%

Other

11.4%

Doctorate

8.2%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

2.3%

License

0.3%
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Real Staff Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Staff Design Engineer Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 29, 2016 $182,000
Senior Staff Design Verificatoin Engineer Futurewei Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 03, 2016 $180,000
Senior Staff Design Engineer Home Box Office, Inc. Seattle, WA Jul 18, 2016 $180,000 -
$210,000
Senior Staff Design Engineer Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 12, 2016 $180,000
Senior Staff Design Engineer HBO Service Corporation Seattle, WA Nov 21, 2016 $180,000 -
$210,000
Senior Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Digital Design Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 30, 2016 $165,776 -
$190,400
Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Synthesis Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 08, 2016 $165,215 -
$176,800
Physical Design Engineer (INT. Title: Member of Tech Staff) Fungible Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 13, 2016 $165,000 -
$205,000
UI Design Engineer Staff Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA Feb 09, 2016 $165,000
UI Design Engineer Staff Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 31, 2016 $164,382 -
$170,000
SR. Staff Soc/Rtl Design ENG. * Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 26, 2016 $160,015 -
$202,600
Senior Staff IC Design Engineer Invensense, Inc. San Jose, CA May 31, 2016 $160,000
Staff Designer, User Interface Engineer Samsung Research America, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 30, 2015 $157,500
Staff Design Engineer Arm, Inc. Austin, TX Jan 06, 2016 $134,880
Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Wireless Connectivety Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 19, 2016 $134,867 -
$176,800
Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Digital Design DFT Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 12, 2016 $134,722 -
$166,700
Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Physical Design Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 24, 2016 $134,576 -
$166,700
Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Digital Circuits Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 23, 2016 $133,453 -
$166,700
Staff Design Engineer (Timing) Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Apr 17, 2016 $133,272 -
$173,101
Staff Design Engineer Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 22, 2016 $132,868
Staff CPU RTL Desgn. Verif. Engn/Amba Bus Protocols Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Austin, TX Oct 17, 2016 $132,808 -
$166,700
Engineer, Staff II-IC Design Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 20, 2016 $117,960
Staff Physical Design Engineer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 08, 2016 $117,470 -
$151,274
Associate Staff Design Engineer (IOT) Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Sep 17, 2016 $117,350 -
$157,375
Associate Staff Design Engineer (IOT) Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Sep 09, 2016 $117,350 -
$157,375
Engineer, Staff II-IC Design Broadcom Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jul 20, 2016 $117,000
Staff Engineer, Design Verification CSR Technology Inc. Tempe, AZ Nov 26, 2015 $116,900
Staff Design Engineer Intersil Communications LLC, An Intersil Corporation Company Austin, TX Feb 09, 2015 $116,667 -
$119,000
Staff Design Engineer Intersil Communications LLC, An Intersil Corporation Company Austin, TX Jul 09, 2015 $116,667 -
$119,000

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  1. Layout
  2. CAD
  3. Product Development
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  • Created model layouts and verified component placement within enclosure.
  • Assisted in implementation of new CADDS Data Management system and continually look for process improvements in managing files.
  • Provide program and project management for product development, molding and tooling initiatives.
  • Generated Architecture and Design Specifications.
  • Implement unique debug facilities providing clarity in internal RTL behavior.

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