So You Wanna Be an Embedded Engineer

So You Wanna Be an Embedded Engineer

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

1st Edition - July 18, 2006

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  • Author: Lewin Edwards
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080498157

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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.

Key Features

* An approachable, friendly introduction to working in the world of embedded design
* Full of design examples using the most common languages and hardware that new embedded engineers will be likely to use every day
* Answers important basic questions on which are the best products to learn, trainings to get, and kinds of companies to work for


"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.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    About This Book

    Chapter 2: Education
    Traditional Education Paths into Embedded Engineering
    Getting into the Field Without Traditional Education
    How Much Electronics Must I Learn?
    Educational Traps, Dead-Ends and Scams to Avoid
    Practical Skills You'll Want To Acquire

    Chapter 3: Teaching Yourself, Bottom-Up (Small Embedded Systems)
    Target Audience
    Atmel AVR
    Texas Instruments MSP430
    C vs. Assembly Language in Small Embedded Systems

    Chapter 4: Teaching Yourself, Top-Down (Large Embedded Systems)
    Target Audience
    Embedded x86 Solutions

    Chapter 5: Working For Yourself
    Is Self-Employment for You? Risks and Benefits
    From Moonlighting to Fulltime Consultant Status – Bookkeeping, Taxes and Workload
    Ways to Find Customers
    Iterative Projects: Never-Ending Horror?
    Pricing Your Services Appropriately
    Establishing Your Own Working Best Practices
    Business Has No Friends: The Importance of Contracts

    Chapter 6: Working in a Small Company
    Analyze your Goals: Benefits and Downsides of the Small Company
    How to Get the Job
    Responsibilities and Stresses in a Small Company
    Personal Dynamics in Small Companies
    Managing Tightly-Limited Resources
    Task Breakdown: A Typical Week

    Chapter 7: Working in a Larger Company
    Analyze your Goals: Benefits and Downsides of the Large Company
    How to Get the Job
    Globalization: Outsourcing and Temporary Worker Visas
    Procedures and You: Keeping Your Head Above Water
    Task Breakdown: A Typical Week

Product details

  • No. of pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2006
  • Published: July 18, 2006
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080498157

About the Author

Lewin Edwards

Lewin Edwards is an embedded engineer with over 15 years experience designing embedded systems hardware, firmware, and control software.

Affiliations and Expertise

Digi-Frame Inc., Port Chester, NY, USA

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