Senior IC layout engineers hold a rather technical position which requires specialized skills and years of experience. These senior engineers are extremely detail-oriented and experienced with the wide range of small parts used in electronics.
IC stands for "integrated circuit," and the primary function of this position involves setting up circuitry within electrical and computer networks. This requires the use of a range of components, including semiconductors, microprocessors, computer memory such as RAM, and others. Senior IC layout engineers must ensure that circuit layouts work at optimal speed and performance and risk of hazards, such as network crashes, are minimized. Ensuring that the network can handle its maximum potential traffic is also of the utmost importance.
As senior engineers, they must be able to work with, and lead, a team of engineers, so leadership and interpersonal skills are essential for this position. At least ten years of experience and a master's degree in a relevant electronic or engineering field are generally required, and this position can be found in a wide range of businesses which maintain large electrical and computer networks, especially where the use and/or supply of electricity is controlled directly by computers.
Those in this position usually work traditional business hours Monday through Friday, and time is often split between an office desk and electronics laboratory. Much of the work is spent with or on computers, including using them and working with their inner components. Senior IC layout engineers must be able to micro- and macro-manage the tools they use because, while they work with very small electronics, their networks require them to look beyond such small components to anything and everything to which the network is connected.
Senior IC Layout Engineer Tasks
Use IC design tools to document and test designs.
Analyze and troubleshoot failures, increasing reliability and debugging.
Design integrated circuits, regulators, and converters.