Whenever a company creates a software program, an app, or a website that they mean for general use by consumers, it is of great importance that the intended audience is able to use it. A user interface (UI) engineer is the person who develops the front end of these programs and apps and ensures that they're easy and intuitive for users to operate. The UI engineer helps create and program interfaces that are clear and logical and provide multiple access points to the features of the program or website.
While user interface engineers are typically more heavily involved with the actual programming of the UI, they may also be asked to offer input into design, as long as there is a separate UI designer working on the project. The engineer can help the designer by providing parameters for what is and isn't possible and what standard interface options are typically used in certain software or web applications. In smaller companies, the UI engineer may even be expected to work in a design capacity and should be able to create and integrate an interface with the applications being used.
Most user interface engineers have a strong proficiency with a variety of programming languages, and many companies will prefer to hire individuals who possess bachelor's or associate's degrees in computer-related fields. Additionally, many employers looking for a UI engineer will seek out persons with previous experience programming user interfaces and consumer front-end applications. Most UI engineers work regular business hours, but on projects running close to deadline, overtime and extended hours can be typical in the industry.
User Interface Engineer Tasks
Create and be accountable for the user interaction model, workflows, information architecture, prototypes, and guidelines for user interfaces.
Develops design concepts and user interface designs.
Conduct user and design research including: usability studies, ethnographic field research, user surveys, prototype testing, competitive product analysis, and latest industry & design trend research.