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Working As A System Design Engineer

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

  • $93,233

    Average Salary

What Does A System Design Engineer Do At Textron

* Create detail, assembly and installation rotor system design definition in the form of 2D and 3D technical data utilizing CAD software and various analytical tools.
* Support manufacturing and testing of rotor system components and sub-systems interpreting technical data and assisting in product improvements.
* Improve detail, assembly and installation rotor system design definition in the form of 2D and 3D technical data utilizing CAD software and PLM software.
* Participate in a cross functional team environment completing a variety of objectives depending on the program lifecycle assigned.
* Advance the state-of-the-art rotor system through creative thought, personal and team research, technical compliance and strong analysis skills.
* Qualifications

What Does A System Design Engineer Do At General Electric

* Develop new product designs, integrate subsystems, troubleshoot errors, evaluate prototypes and verify feasibility for bioprocessing products such as in the Xcellerex, WAVE, and ReadyToProcess product lines.
* Engage in all phases of product development including concept, design, feasibility, development, V&V, supplier interfaces, manufacturing introduction and service support.
* Lead and support technical scope definition, user experience (UX), system architecture, intellectual property development, risk retirement & feasibility prove-out, quality & reliability goals, system design & requirements, requirements traceability & design review process, adherence to design controls, compliance process & program documentation, system verification & validation.
* Apply creativity to resolve problems and develop solutions when presented with conflicting requirements, business demands and technical risks/issues.
* Address implementation complexity, risks, manufacturability, serviceability and quality.
* Design parts in 3D CAD modeling software (SolidWorks, Pro
* E/Creo), create mechanical drawings, wiring diagrams, and schematics.
* Generate and document intellectual property (IP).
* Establish product critical to quality (CTQ) characteristics, specifications and requirements with cross-functional department input and VOC information.
* Develop, document, and execute verification tests to evaluate performance metrics.
* Create, fabricate, setup, and debug verification test apparatus, fixtures and related equipment.
* Prepare engineering change requests, engineering change notices, bills of material, engineering specifications, and customer submittals.
* Collaborate closely and effectively with cross-functional departments worldwide – Marketing, Quality, Regulatory and Manufacturing to drive projects to completion

What Does A System Design Engineer Do At The Boeing Company

* Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to):
* Responsible for the successful development, build, integration, test and certification / verification of the mechanical systems installed on the aircraft
* Coordinate with a multi-discipline engineering team of Boeing and subcontractor personnel covering structures, aerodynamics, fuels / hydraulics, power, wiring, mechanical subsystems, avionics and software
* Experience base in the program life cycle of large complex development programs, and technical subcontractor management
* Support internal / external design reviews, Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs), Preliminary / Critical Design Reviews (PDR / CDR) with US and Foreign Air Force customers
* Provide design expertise and technical knowledge to resolve customer inquiries for post-production fleet sustainment
* Perform technical review of supplier capabilities to facilitate source selection
* Knowledge in supporting new business and proposal activities is a must
* Develop complex statements of work, metrics, schedules and budgets
* Works under minimal direction

What Does A System Design Engineer Do At Kforce

* Develop and determine hardware, software and system requirements for mixed-signal microelectronic products by examining design criteria, system feasibility and capabilities
* Select key components, interfaces, and protocols
* Perform board design using schematic capture tools, preferably Mentor Graphics PADS
* Determine optimal system trade-offs to balance efficiency, cost and flexibility
* Develop, maintain, and improve algorithms and firmware for embedded systems
* Develop and execute test plans for product validation and characterization
* Work with Marketing, Applications Engineers and Analog Design Engineers to design mixed-signal product
* Work with Test Engineering on Design for Testability
* Work with outside consultants, suppliers and contract manufacturers to identify components and tools
* Occasional travel is required
* Performs other related duties as requested or required
* Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or related degree
* Minimum three (3) years microcontroller design experience
* Experience using VHDL/Verilog simulation tools such as ModelSim
* Strong experience in programming real-time systems with or without RTOS.
* Experience with RTL Simulation, Synthesis and Static Timing Analysis
* FPGA firmware design experience is desired
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, collaborative skills, cross-functional interface skills, analytical skills and problem-solving capabilities are essential.
* Highly technical with a quick grasp of how things work
* Basic knowledge of version control systems, such as Git, SVN, or Mercurial
* Solid working knowledge of C/C and object-oriented programming
* Familiarity with low-speed interfaces including UART, SPI, and I2C.
* Understanding of FPGA design flow (synthesis, place & route, etc.)
* Demonstrated ability reading hardware schematics and using common debugging tools including scopes, logic analyzers, emulators, and signal generators
* Basic knowledge of mixed-signal circuits and systems, including operational amplifiers, ADCs, and DACs

What Does A System Design Engineer Do At Lockheed Martin

* Requirements tracking, risk management and architecture development across multiple projects
* Working across IPTs to ensure all aspects of the project are covered with appropriate requirements (requirement formulation, decomposition, flow-down, traceability, and metrics)
* Working with functional experts and generating verification and validation plans for requirements
* Working with senior engineers to provide documents to convey customer and supplier requirement relationships
* Other duties as assigned
* Must be a US Citizen.
* Position is located at a facility that requires special access.
* Must have a final Secret clearance to start with the ability to obtain a Secret SAR/SAP clearance.
* Basic Qualifications
* Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related Engineering degree
* Desired skills

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How To Become A System Design 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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Real System Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Design/Architecture Engineer, SR. Staff 2 Samsung Research America, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 05, 2015 $188,000
Systems Design/Architecture Engineer, Staff Samsung Research America, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 10, 2016 $170,000
Systems Design/Architecture Engineer, Senior Staff Samsung Research America, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 08, 2016 $170,000
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 14, 2016 $157,477 -
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 04, 2016 $155,000 -
Systems Design Engineer (Senior Wireless Systems Architect) Bose Corporation Framingham, MA Mar 22, 2016 $150,000
Systems Design Engineer 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 25, 2016 $150,000 -
Hardware Systems Design Engineer (Electrical Engin Psikick, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 15, 2016 $150,000
Staff Systems Design Engineer Sandisk Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 18, 2016 $150,000 -
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Newark, CA May 16, 2016 $150,000 -
Staff Systems Design Engineer Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 11, 2015 $150,000
Staff Systems Design Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Jan 05, 2015 $150,000
Staff Systems Design Engineer Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 12, 2016 $150,000
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 21, 2016 $149,930 -
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 15, 2016 $119,600 -
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 14, 2016 $119,500 -
Staff Systems Design Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Jan 10, 2016 $119,475
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 27, 2016 $119,350 -
System Design/Architecture Engineer Samsung Research America, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 30, 2016 $119,350
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 14, 2016 $119,350 -
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 06, 2016 $119,350 -
Systems Design Engineer Ip.Access, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 21, 2015 $119,167
SR. Systems Design Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 30, 2015 $102,035
Systems Design Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Mar 23, 2016 $101,600 -
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 27, 2016 $100,800 -
Systems Design Engineer-Principal HGST, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 28, 2016 $100,422 -
System Design Engineer Philips Medical Systems MR, Inc. Bothell, WA Sep 20, 2015 $100,043
SR. System Design Engineer Sandisk Corporation Marlborough, MA Sep 05, 2015 $100,000
Systems Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 27, 2016 $100,000 -
Senior Systems Design Engineer Landauer, Inc. Glenwood, IL Oct 19, 2015 $100,000

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Top Skills for A System Design Engineer


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Top System Design Engineer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. System Design
  3. Products
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Evaluate preliminary engineering and customer requirements to design hardware and software applications.
  • Collaborate system design team to research emerging technologies and develop new capabilities.
  • Analyzed new technologies as well as competitor's products and submitted recommendations to the engineering team.
  • Designed, commissioned and started up Siemens based control systems by working in a team of eight control engineers.
  • Perform a full range of upgrades to the existing and emerging architecture.

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