Embedded vs software engineers

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  1. jrv9090

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    I don't understand the work profile of an embedded engineer. Is an embedded engineer a subset of software engineer because I see them talking about program codes mostly.
     
  2. Papabravo

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    Software Engineers are unlikely to design hardware.
    Embedded Engineers design both hardware and software.
     
  3. Brownout

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    I'd say software engineering is a subset of embedded engineering.
     
  4. Papabravo

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    I don't see it quite that way. It is possible to be a competent and effective software engineer without ever coming into contact with a piece of hardware.
     
  5. Brownout

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    Not sure what you're seeing differently. I agree about software engineering and such.
     
  6. Papabravo

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    That software engineering is a subset of embedded engineering. Maybe it is in terms of abstract knowledge, but of practitioners I would say that
    All embedded engineers are software engineers, but not all software engineers are embedded engineers.
     
  7. djsfantasi

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    What about software engineers building web pages to run on large server farms? They don't work on embedded systems and hence aren't embedded engineers. But if they are a subset, they would be.

    Hence, the statement that SE are a subset of EE cannot be true.
     
  8. Papabravo

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    I see....I see a Venn diagram showing the embedded engineer at the intersection of hardware and software. What a concept!
     
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