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Engineer – Electronic Design – Hardware/Firmware/Software, Ref: 1215281 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 1215281

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: T3 E/E + TBL (Management)
Annual Package Range: ZAR 651 000 - 750 000
Total years experience: 30 Years

Engineer - Electronic Design

Current / most recent job title?

Engineer – Automation and Control / Instrumentation

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Managing an ISP company

Currently concentrating on developing/maintaining electronic systems/devices for industry, mines and private entities – would like to concentrate on development/programming/testing/prototyping of electronics IoT for commercial use, using any programming language and microprocessor.

2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

Small team environment to achieve goals set – develop new hardware/software/firmware

3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

Electronic circuits and preprogramming are besides family the only thing I need to do. It is also important to me to teach others about these amazing processors, I wrote a book on the subject matter, using C for programming. My kids call me ‘Gadget dad’ and the wife says my PC is my second wife! It is my hobby and my work life, although I also like music and holidays with my family. I also like some exercise from time to time, when I have time.

4. Ideal business title: 

Engineer – Electronic design

Engineering manager

Project Engineer (Electronic)


5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Hardware/Firmware/Software electronic design in IoT systems, including prototyping, testing and upgrading of the final product.

6. Skill area of competence:

PC Programming: VB, VC++, Basic, FORTRAN, ADA, Pascal, Assembler, Borland C++, .NET framework, PHP, Java, Perl, Bash, Python, Visual Studio, IOS, Android, VS20xx, GCC

uC Programming: MSC51 Assembler, Basic51, CCS PCWHD, FuzzyTech, C+MSC51, Assembler, Microchip PICC, CCS-C, RaspberryPi, ARM, Arduino, TwinCat2/3, ESP8266/32 WiFi+BT, MQTT (Mosquitto), nRF905, Bluetooth, RPC

Query tools: MS SQL, InSql and Merian DB to mention a few

SCADA: InTouch, WinCC, Fix, PCIM, Archestra, Citect (MES inclusive)

PLC: Modicon, AllenBradley, ABB, Schneider, Fischer, DCS, AEG, Tellymechanique, Beckhoff, Rexroth, Siemens (S5/7), Yaskawa Robotics

Drives/Servo’s: ABB, Siemens, Rexroth, Danfoss

CAD: E-Plan, DesSoft (P&ID), CadSoft/Autodesk Eagle V5-7, KiCad

WiFi systems: Ubiquity-, Siae-, MikroTik-, Cambium-, Grandstream wireless networks, including Radius management system and WinBox

7. Career summary:

30+ years C&IE engineering (on-tools management) and project engineering

8. Achievements: 

Wrote complete PLC program with Level 3 Scada integration of grinding machine at Columbus (Italian design and machine delivered but PLC/IT programming commissioning never worked). I also automated/integrated all raw material scales at 6 furnaces at Assmang. There are a lot of other projects in my CV. The mentioned is just the best individual experience I had.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Spending a day programming processors that are new on the market. I like to test new IC’s on the market and use it in new designs. It gives my ingenuity and creative juices flowing. It is amazing to use new processors in new designs. After that family time.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

Dynamic, multi-skilled, multi-cultured, efficient teams with lead-by-example management.


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