Profession embedded system designer

Embedded system designers translate and design requirements and the high-level plan or architecture of an embedded control system according to technical software specifications.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Social / Investigative


  • Tools for software configuration management

    The software programs to perform configuration identification, control, status accounting and audit, such as CVS, ClearCase, Subversion, GIT and TortoiseSVN perform this management.

  • Real-time computing

    The ICT hardware and software systems which are bound to respond to input within precisely tight constraints of time

  • Systems development life-cycle

    The sequence of steps, such as planning, creating, testing and deploying and the models for the development and life-cycle management of a system.

  • Engineering control theory

    The interdisciplinary branch of engineering that deals with the behaviour of dynamical systems with inputs and how their behaviour is modified by feedback.

  • Signal processing

    The algorithms, applications and implementations that deal with the processing and transferring of information through analog or digital frequencies.

  • Task algorithmisation

    The techniques to convert unstructured descriptions of a process into step-by-step sequence of actions of a finite number of steps.

  • Embedded systems

    The computer systems and components with a specialised and autonomous function within a larger system or machine such as embedded systems software architectures, embedded peripherals, design principles and development tools.

  • ICT communications protocols

    The system of rules which allow the exchange of information between computers or other devices via computer networks.


  • Create software design

    Transpose a series of requirements into a clear and organised software design.

  • Develop creative ideas

    Developing new artistic concepts and creative ideas.

  • Provide ICT consulting advice

    Advise on appropriate solutions in the field of ICT by selecting alternatives and optimising decisions while taking into account potential risks, benefits and overall impact to professional customers.

  • Interpret electronic design specifications

    Analyse and understand detailed electronic design specifications.

  • Analyse software specifications

    Assess the specifications of a software product or system to be developed by identifying functional and non-functional requirements, constraints and possible sets of use cases which illustrate interactions between the software and its users.

  • Define technical requirements

    Specify technical properties of goods, materials, methods, processes, services, systems, software and functionalities by identifying and responding to the particular needs that are to be satisfied according to customer requirements.

  • Create flowchart diagram

    Compose a diagram that illustrates systematic progress through a procedure or system using connecting lines and a set of symbols.

Optional knowledge and skills

perl php verify formal ict specifications visual basic openedge advanced business language hardware architectures matlab hardware components apl scala sas language field-programmable gate arrays groovy javascript ansible jenkins staf lisp c++ salt vbscript ruby r abap engineering processes provide technical documentation haskell java build business relationships computer programming coffeescript software components libraries assembly tools for ict test automation erlang c# ict system integration common lisp scratch cobol puppet ict security standards typescript pascal smalltalk prolog ict network simulation network management system tools python ml objective-c sap r3 apache maven swift ajax microsoft visual c++ utilise computer-aided software engineering tools collect customer feedback on applications

Common job titles

  • Firmware engineer
  • Embedded system engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Embedded firmware engineer
  • Design release engineer - restraint systems
  • Product development and design engineer
  • Senior staff engineer - dialogue systems
  • Embedded systems engineer