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Working As A Staff Design Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $98,810

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Design Engineer Do

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. These engineers discover new directions in computer hardware, which generate rapid advances in computer technology.

Duties

Computer hardware engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new computer hardware, creating schematics of computer equipment to be built
  • Test the completed models of the computer hardware they design
  • Analyze the test results and modify the design as needed
  • Update existing computer equipment so that it will work with new software
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for computer hardware
  • Maintain knowledge of computer engineering trends and new technology

Many hardware engineers design noncomputer devices that incorporate processors and other computer components and connect to the Internet. For example, many car parts have computer systems embedded in them. Computer hardware engineers also are designing a growing number of medical devices with a computer system and the ability to connect to the Internet.

Computer hardware engineers ensure that computer hardware components work together with the latest software. Therefore, hardware engineers often work with software developers. For example, the hardware and software for a mobile phone frequently are developed jointly. Hardware engineers also may perform some computer programming in a hardware description language (HDL), which describes the digital circuits in hardware. Using this language, computer hardware engineers can simulate how the hardware design would work, test for errors, and then fix the design.

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How To Become A Staff Design Engineer

Most computer hardware engineers need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited computer engineering program.

Education

Most entry-level computer hardware engineers have a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, although a degree in electrical engineering or computer science also is generally acceptable. A computer engineering major is similar to a major in electrical engineering but with a heavy emphasis on computer science.

Many engineering programs are accredited by ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Employers may prefer students from an accredited program. To prepare for a major in computer or electrical engineering, students should have a solid background in math and science.

Because hardware engineers commonly work with computer software systems, a familiarity with computer programming usually is expected. This background may be obtained through computer science courses.

Some large firms or specialized jobs may require a master’s degree in computer engineering. Some experienced engineers obtain a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). All engineers must continue their learning over the course of their careers in order to keep up with rapid advances in technology.

Other Experience

Some students participate in internships while in school so that they can gain practical experience.

Advancement

Some computer hardware engineers can advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer hardware engineers use computer programming tools to analyze the digital circuits in hardware to determine the best design.

Creativity. Computer hardware engineers design new types of information technology devices.

Critical-thinking skills. These engineers use logic and reasoning to clarify goals, examine assumptions, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.

Problem-solving skills. Computer hardware engineers identify complex problems in computer hardware, develop and evaluate possible solutions, and figure out the best way to implement them.

Speaking skills. Engineers often work on teams and must be able to communicate with other types of engineers as well as with nontechnical team members.

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Staff Design Engineer Career Paths

Staff Design Engineer
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Senior Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Design Engineer Principal Engineer Architect
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Member Technical Staff Systems Engineer Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Design Engineer Engineering Director
Engineering And Operations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Project Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Member Technical Staff Principal Engineer Lead Mechanical Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Principal Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Art Director Freelance Designer
Senior Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Hardware Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Mechanical Designer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
Designer Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Operations Manager Program Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Hardware Engineer 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 3.4%
Engineer 2.5%
Consultant 2.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.0%
Designer 3.9%

Staff Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

65.5%

Female

26.2%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Asian

25.9%

Hispanic or Latino

8.5%

Unknown

4.1%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

French

20.0%

Mandarin

15.0%

Chinese

10.0%

German

10.0%

Cantonese

10.0%

Russian

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Urdu

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Polish

5.0%

Korean

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Staff Design Engineer Education

Schools

Santa Clara University

9.4%

Syracuse University

7.8%

San Jose State University

7.8%

Iowa State University

7.0%

University of California - Berkeley

6.3%

Arizona State University

5.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.7%

University of California - Davis

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Florida

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

University of Arizona

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.1%

University of South Florida

3.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.1%

Northeastern University

3.1%

University of California - Irvine

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

45.2%

Computer Engineering

7.6%

Graphic Design

6.1%

Business

5.3%

Interior Design

5.1%

Mechanical Engineering

5.1%

Drafting And Design

3.3%

Architecture

3.3%

Civil Engineering

2.3%

Design And Visual Communication

2.0%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Computer Science

1.8%

Physics

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Project Management

1.3%

Landscape Architecture

1.3%

Journalism

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Finance

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.7%

Masters

35.1%

Other

10.7%

Doctorate

7.9%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

2.8%

License

0.2%
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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 HBO Service Corporation Seattle, WA Nov 21, 2016 $180,000 -
$210,000
Senior Staff Design Engineer Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 12, 2016 $180,000
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
UI Design Engineer Staff Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA Feb 09, 2016 $165,000
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, 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 Etopus Technology Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 01, 2015 $156,525
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 Jul 09, 2015 $116,667 -
$119,000
Staff Design Engineer Intersil Communications LLC, An Intersil Corporation Company Austin, TX Feb 09, 2015 $116,667 -
$119,000

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Top Skills for A Staff Design Engineer

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Top Staff Design Engineer Skills

  1. Layout
  2. CAD
  3. Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed the front page, and all other pages for the Northerner; including layout, photos, and text organization.
  • Worked with CAD vendors and management to insure engineering had the proper tools and resources.
  • Lead Engineer - o Responsible for developing product specifications, generating component requirement flowdowns, and overseeing product development.
  • Coordinated across architecture, fub design and global interfaces to deliver section timing and physical design to tape out quality.
  • Designed, validated, and participated in the Test and debug of various analog and digital blocks.

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