So You Wanna Be an Embedded Engineer

The Guide to Embedded Engineering, From Consultancy to the Corporate Ladder


  • Lewin Edwards, Lewin Edwards is an embedded engineer with over 15 years experience designing embedded systems hardware, firmware, and control software., Digi-Frame Inc., Port Chester, NY, USA

In this new, highly practical guide, expert embedded designer and manager Lewin Edwards answers the question, “How do I become an embedded engineer?” Embedded professionals agree that there is a treacherous gap between graduating from school and becoming an effective engineer in the workplace, and that there are few resources available for newbies to turn to when in need of advice and direction. This book provides that much-needed guidance for engineers fresh out of school, and for the thousands of experienced engineers now migrating into the popular embedded arena.This book helps new embedded engineers to get ahead quickly by preparing them for the technical and professional challenges they will face. Detailed instructions on how to achieve successful designs using a broad spectrum of different microcontrollers and scripting languages are provided. The author shares insights from a lifetime of experience spent in-the-trenches, covering everything from small vs. large companies, and consultancy work vs. salaried positions, to which types of training will prove to be the most lucrative investments. This book provides an expert’s authoritative answers to questions that pop up constantly on Usenet newsgroups and in break rooms all over the world.
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"Newbie" Embedded Systems Engineers, Software Engineers, System Engineers, System Architects, Database Engineers, Network Technicians, IT Professionals, etc. looking to move into embedded engineering; undergrad and post-graduate level electrical and computer engineering students, as well as recent graduates.


Book information

  • Published: July 2006
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7953-4

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: IntroductionAbout This Book Chapter 2: EducationTraditional Education Paths into Embedded EngineeringGetting into the Field Without Traditional EducationHow Much Electronics Must I Learn?Educational Traps, Dead-Ends and Scams to AvoidPractical Skills You'll Want To AcquireChapter 3: Teaching Yourself, Bottom-Up (Small Embedded Systems)Target Audience8051Atmel AVRTexas Instruments MSP430C vs. Assembly Language in Small Embedded SystemsChapter 4: Teaching Yourself, Top-Down (Large Embedded Systems)Target AudienceEmbedded x86 SolutionsARMPowerPCLinuxeCosChapter 5: Working For YourselfIs Self-Employment for You? Risks and BenefitsFrom Moonlighting to Fulltime Consultant Status – Bookkeeping, Taxes and WorkloadWays to Find CustomersIterative Projects: Never-Ending Horror?Pricing Your Services AppropriatelyEstablishing Your Own Working Best PracticesBusiness Has No Friends: The Importance of ContractsChapter 6: Working in a Small CompanyAnalyze your Goals: Benefits and Downsides of the Small CompanyHow to Get the JobResponsibilities and Stresses in a Small CompanyPersonal Dynamics in Small CompaniesManaging Tightly-Limited ResourcesTask Breakdown: A Typical WeekChapter 7: Working in a Larger CompanyAnalyze your Goals: Benefits and Downsides of the Large CompanyHow to Get the JobGlobalization: Outsourcing and Temporary Worker VisasProcedures and You: Keeping Your Head Above WaterTask Breakdown: A Typical Week