What does a Firmware Engineer do?

Firmware engineers design, install, and troubleshoot firmware systems and their components. They play an active role in every phase of the firmware development cycle, and must be prepared to adapt systems quickly to meet rapidly changing business needs. They assist with the management of upgrades to existing systems and the implementation of new systems. They write scripts, conduct testing, and handle debugging tasks.

Firmware engineers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering or computer science field, although an advanced degree is desired by some employers. They should have strong programming and code writing skills, along with hands-on experience with testing, validation, and debugging tools. They must have good communication skills and be able to work in fast-paced, demanding environments under challenging time constraints.

What responsibilities are common for Firmware Engineer jobs?
  • Serve as a technical resource to both the team and management.
  • Handle testing, system performance, environmental and system troubleshooting.
  • Support planning the development activities. perform technical design and code reviews, mentor and coach junior engineers.
  • Work with validation lab in supporting engineering validation test code and product validation code testing.
  • Deliver to objectives including meeting deadlines and schedule.
  • Understand hardware and software interactions, and collaborate with hardware engineers.
  • Maintain and improve existing designs and source code to help attain the goal of a modular structure.
  • Support the integration of software for CCS products by working with applications engineers and directly with the customer.
  • Design support is expected from requirements definition through integration and test.
  • Investigate root causes of software defects and resolve the defects.
  • Participate in code reviews by providing timely feedback to peers in a constructive manner.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and clients to set objectives, schedules, and deliverables for self or a small team.
  • Collaborate with global engineering teams to promotes consistency and maximize synergies across common software platform.
  • Design and development of RFID credential readers, electronic locking systems, access control and security to support residential and commercial markets.
  • Work with a cross functional project team and at times with external suppliers.
  • Provide technical depth and alternatives to facilitate business trade off discussions.
  • Provide leadership to team members and peers by collaborate with others. identifying and initiating projects. manage resources and holding self and team accountable for results.
What are the typical qualifications for Firmware Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with firmware development.
  • Experience with C, FPGA, C#, SOC, NAND FLASH, Flash, and Python software and systems.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving capabilities.
  • Comfortable with debugging, unit testing, emulation, and logic analyzer.
  • Fluent in writing protocols and firmware development practices.
  • Comfortable working with a variety of operating systems.
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How much does a Firmware Engineer make?

Confident
$115,963 /yr
Total Pay
$100,576
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$15,388
 /yr

Additional Pay

$115,963

 / yr
$75K$221K
Most Likely Range
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Firmware Engineer Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
50%
2 - 4
22%
5 - 7
10%
8+
18%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Firmware Engineer Insights

Read what Firmware Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Western DigitalWestern Digital
Firmware Engineer
Aug 17, 2020

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

RivianRivian
Senior Firmware Engineer
Dec 14, 2020

“Everyone is free to find their niche and do the best work of their careers here.”

Infineon TechnologiesInfineon Technologies
Senior Software and Firmware Engineer
Feb 26, 2021

“If you don't show interest you will end up doing the same work which is not good for career growth”

WAM ElectronicsWAM Electronics
Firmware Engineer
May 24, 2021

“Salary is not much as expected but as a fresher it will be good start to join WAM”

Garner Underground
Firmware Engineer
Feb 28, 2020

“Poor project planning; unwillingness to accept realities about development resulting in projects being chronically behind schedule.”

AMDAMD
Firmware Engineer
May 10, 2022

“Working balance is not good and really long”

Micron TechnologyMicron Technology
Firmware Engineer
Dec 17, 2021

“Good compensation and perks.”

Efftronics SystemsEfftronics Systems
R&D Firmware Engineer
Feb 12, 2021

“No Cons you will feel if you are really want to learn something and improve your career.”

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