A senior hardware design engineer is an integral part of a manufacturing company's research and development team. The senior hardware design engineer uses advanced knowledge of circuitry and physics to develop new hardware designs that meet requirements set by management or by a client.
At the start of the design process, a series of metrics are established for the final product; the metrics are often benchmark characteristics such as memory capacity, read and write speed, voltage requirements, physical size, and/or cost per unit.
Once the senior hardware design engineer has required specifications, their team's first task is to make the decision on whether a current design can be used as a base or if a brand-new design needs to be created from scratch; if new requirements are not substantially different than specifications, then existing design(s) may be altered to meet current specifications. After a design is finalized and approved, prototype units are produced and tested. These units are regularly modified and tested until the desired specifications are achieved. If the prototypes cannot achieve the desired specs - or if the new specifications exceed current capabilities of the design - a new design is created.
The senior hardware design engineer generally must have a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or a related field. Related experience and substantial knowledge of hardware design are also required.
Senior Hardware Design 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.