- Instructor: Rapid Techs
An embedded system consists of hardware and software. When chips are built into systems and software is loaded on that for a particular functionality, it becomes an embedded system. Embedded systems offer a breadth of opportunity for their practitioners ranging from chip designing to system architecture and formulating testing strategy for software. As electronics becomes more and more pervasive in our lives with the mobile phones, intelligent home appliances and vehicles, and more recently the insulin pumps that reside inside the body, a career in embedded systems seems only to be getting better with time.
Any embedded system is teamwork of three different sets of people including hardware engineers, software engineers and application domain experts. You can look for a job under any one of these broad categories. If you are comfortable in the hardware domain, you will be assigned responsibility for hardware platform and module prototyping, debugging and testing. Also, you have to ensure compliance with standards and product specifications and initiate design changes as necessary. As a software engineer, you can start as an embedded systems programmer with responsibility of tasks like analysis and optimization of embedded software for the targeted real-time operating system (RTOS). Your activities may include developing installable and built-in device drivers, kernel modifications and embedded application. You can begin as a wireless protocol engineer if you seek to explore the application domain. You will be responsible for the development, integration and testing of various protocols within an embedded firmware stack used in mobile devices.
This may be one of the fastest growing sectors of electronics, but there is a scarcity of people with knowledge of embedded system design. In fact, it is a challenge to find a fresher with a good grasp of the basic electronics and designing concepts. To work in Embedded Systems, diploma holders, engineering (as well as science) graduates, postgraduates and even doctorates with the background of electronics/electrical engineering or computer science can be able to apply. Coming to entry-level recruitment, it demands some pre-defined skillsets.
We train candidates on the software side, to have the mandatory basic knowledge of ‘C’ and assembly language programming. On the hardware side, sound knowledge of basic electronics, especially digital and analogue design techniques, microcontrollers and microprocessors, and system knowledge related to communication protocol, EDA Tools and real-time operating system will be added in gaining a strong foothold in the field. Candidates will also get trained in Embedded Software Development Life cycle Testing and Debugging of Industrial Products and Equipments on an Internship basis.