Digital Design Engineer Overview

What does a Digital Design Engineer do?

Digital design engineers create, develop, and improve digital systems and tools, taking a lead role in overseeing the entire process from concept to implementation. They configure and evaluate system architecture, and use modeling and testing to assess and refine designs. They take an active role in leading validation and verification processes and developing testing programs. They regularly use coding and programming languages, and customize designs for real-world use settings.

Digital design engineers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, although some employers require a master’s degree or other advanced training. Must be comfortable working with digital design architecture and related tools and technologies. Requires proficiency with standard programming and coding languages, and hands-on experience with modeling tools, along with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

What responsibilities are common for Digital Design Engineer jobs?
  • Provide assignments, direction and manage priorities for team members.
  • Partner with graphics researchers and silicon designers on IP development and implementation.
  • Perform architectural, design, and RTL reviews that improve and enable more efficient and effective research.
  • Contribute to project scope and schedule goal-setting and consistently meet and exceed those goals.
  • Design for maintainability, manufacturability, ease of use, and overall quality.
  • Provide technical leadership towards the goals of research IP simulation and test chip development, and people management and support for your team.
  • Drive development progress through task identification, scheduling, and monitoring.
  • Responsible for defining and optimizing overall system level block diagrams, communication pathways, and measurement performance.
  • Work with software/firmware manager and program manager to perform assigned development tasks.
  • Assume technical leadership responsibilities for small- to medium-size projects.
What are the typical qualifications for Digital Design Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering or science Degree.
  • Experience with FPGA, ASIC Design, SOV, C, Python, FPGA Design, FPGA VHDL, C# and PERL software and systems.
  • Comfortable interfacing, scripting, and debugging.
  • Experience with firmware and algorithmic design.
  • An eye for task and project closure.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Digital Design Engineer make near United States?

$119,151 /yr
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Digital Design Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Digital Design Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Digital Design Engineer Insights

Read what Digital Design Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments
Digital Design
Sep 21, 2022

“It is good and good work life balance”

Senior ASIC Digital Design Engineer
Dec 15, 2022

“Good opportunity to learn and grow professionally.”

Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments
Digital Design Engineer
May 18, 2021

“Good for long term career”

Analog DevicesAnalog Devices
Digital Design Engineer
Apr 18, 2022

“Good Mentorship/ Guidance from seniors”

Digital Design Engineer
Jun 19, 2022

“Good place to start your career”

Analog DevicesAnalog Devices
Digital Design Engineer
Jun 20, 2023

“Good work life balance Design from scrap”

Intel CorporationIntel Corporation
Digital Design Engineer
Jul 22, 2021

“good place to start your career”

New LookNew Look
Junior Digital Designer
Dec 14, 2021

“Not much room to progress career”

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