A firmware engineer works as an essential part of a company's technical team, designing and developing firmware solutions for technological products to ensure they run effectively without glitches or malfunctions. Firmware is the information that provides the necessary guidelines for computer hardware or other technical apparatus to operate smoothly with the other components of a machine. Since technology is constantly evolving with new hardware and software released every day, firmware engineers are essential team members both for organizations that manufacture technical solutions and businesses that use their products. The firmware engineer is responsible for developing new guidelines and operating rules for hardware to ensure that technology remains compatible with new and updated information and equipment.
Most employers require firmware engineers to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a technology-related engineering field, such as electrical or software engineering; some businesses prefer engineers with a master's degree. These engineers are expected to stay current with technology developments and the implications for hardware, and they typically undergo continuing education and training to stay aware of changes in the field.
In most cases, firmware engineers work as part of a team within an organization's information technology (IT) department, working with and on computers to develop new firmware rules to work with changes in technology. They typically work during regular business hours, though some companies may stagger shift times depending on overall company size to ensure constant availability of staff.
Firmware Engineer Tasks
- Debug and test firmware and algorithms, optimizing product functionality.
- Apply standards and protocols to meet requirements and system needs.
- Design and develop firmware and software modules such as device drivers, diagnostic monitors, and application firmware.