I've always loved to program, and I just recently became interested in electronics and programming microcontrollers. It is very fun, but I am wondering if I am learning something useful that can get a job in when I grow older. I am wondering whether Electrical Engineers use microcontrollers.
I know that jobs where you need to bring power to different parts of a house probably would not, but perhaps a job like this:
- Design and develop new defibrillator products. Primary focus will be on new product design and current product support in the area of analog and digital design.
- Model analog circuits using various simulation tools, such as PSPICE and MATLAB.
- Build prototypes and prove design feasibility, functionality and performance.
- Document all phases of the design including requirements, specifications, plans, reviews, test procedures, and test reports.
- Support existing products. Investigate and determine root cause of product issues found in manufacturing and the field. Troubleshoot systems, PCBs, cables, and firmware. Use test equipment to analyze and resolve issues.
- Identify, evaluate and recommend key suppliers based on electrical technical abilities, experience, history, and certifications.
- Facilitate and maintain constant communications with key suppliers and internal stakeholders during project development.
- Represent the EE development group as a technical team lead on projects. This would include providing technical solutions as well as project scheduling and project tracking.
- Document the design for manufacturing (i.e. drawings, schematics, experiments, changes, test results, data, PCB layout, etc.).
- Work with cross functional teams that include: Mechanical eng., Software eng, Clinical applications, Learning Products, Marketing, Support Engineering, Quality & Regulatory, and Supply Chain. Teams are experienced, but relatively small and members hold many development roles.
Would people who do this use Microcontrollers or something similar?