10 skills embedded engineers need now

Karen Field

February 09, 2015

Karen FieldFebruary 09, 2015

 1. Learn the technologies that make the Internet possible.

By and large, if you can do mixed signal design and code in C or C++, you are pretty much good to go in the embedded world. In fact, just knowing how to write code in C or C++ may be enough in many cases.

But I would advocate that learning the technologies that make the Internet possible is a big plus for an engineer’s career. As a matter of fact, I am currently working on several initiatives that involve embedding a “virtual” XML into embedded systems. We are using this technology to allow for autonomous meta-data transaction processing with disparate devices communicating--using different low-level standard and proprietary protocols to affect a network abstraction layer.

I suppose that one can think of this as the “Plug and Play” model for small devices on the Internet.

Source: Ken Wada

Title & Company: President, Aurium Technologies, an independent product design and consulting firm

What I do: I have 30 years experience in the field. Now I architect and design products and systems for various high-tech industries. I am unique in that I’m split between being a generalist and a hardcore theoretical type.

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