When manufacturers and designers talk about embedded hardware, what they're typically referring to are the computer program functions that are specific to various, everyday items. An embedded hardware engineer is the person who helps to design and program the functions of these dedicated computer chips and systems. Embedded hardware can refer, of course, to mobile devices. However, automobiles, microwave ovens, thermostats, and virtually any form of automated machinery may contain computer command circuitry, built and developed by an embedded hardware engineer.
One of the main things the embedded hardware engineer does is to simply understand the processes that the design of a machine or device is expected to carry out. The engineer then works through the various ways that these instructions can be programmed and carried out, and then helps to write and embed this code into the chips themselves. That's one of the key ways that this kind of computerized engineering differs from software engineering. Rather than relying on instructions and programs installed in storage media, hardware programming typically writes straight to the chipset itself.
Most embedded hardware engineers will have bachelor’s degrees in disciplines related to micro-electronics or computers. However, many employers require applicants to have a master’s degree. An embedded hardware engineer typically works within a computer or hardware lab during regular hours of the week.
Embedded Hardware Engineer Tasks
Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
Provide technical support to team members.
Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
Write documentation and test specifications.