What are employers looking at student project

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Djsarakar

Joined Jul 26, 2020
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Hi
I am looking for project idea for my college project. I am looking something that include microcontroller. I write my code in C language. I want to build something that employee want to see on resume or something they will be interesting. I want to complete something long project that will make them feel I have learned something or I know how to do any feedback will apricate

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MaxHeadRoom

Joined Jul 18, 2013
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Do you intend it to be innovative, i.e. not re-inventing the wheel?
Pic a type of application and browse the Microchip web site for APP notes pertinent to the subject.
e.g. SCR , PWM APP notes etc, etc.
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DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
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You would be best off if your project relates to your long term interests. What is it that you want to be doing after you graduate? Whatever that is, do that! The project will come out better if it is something that you are truly interested in and it will also be helpful getting your foot in the door in a business related to your intended field.

Try hard to make your first job be in your chose field. Once you get into a field as it is difficult to switch to your chosen career later.
 

Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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I seriously doubt that any employers will give a care. I never did when I was looking for someone to hire. Do something you are interested in. Why do we think it is necessary to do things for people who could care less.
 

MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
24,232
Remote sensing and IOT (Internet Of Things) is popular these days.

I would suggest pursuing something with wide-scale appeal such as farming and growing food.
Check out FarmBot.

Try something such as remote sensing of soil moisture. Send soil moisture and temperature to a computer via radio.
 

FlyingDutch

Joined Mar 16, 2021
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Hi
I am looking for project idea for my college project. I am looking something that include microcontroller. I write my code in C language. I want to build something that employee want to see on resume or something they will be interesting. I want to complete something long project that will make them feel I have learned something or I know how to do any feedback will apricate

Thank you
Hello,

IMHO "Delta Robot" is project which is interesting, interdisciplinary and you can learn much doing it. There is many issues from mechnics , electronics and informatics (programming). I think such project can attract attention of potential Employer.
For example see links:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_robot
https://www.instructables.com/Delta-Robot-With-a-Custom-GUI-and-Image-Processing/

Best regards
 

tindel

Joined Sep 16, 2012
782
Create something you like or think may be useful. I don't personally think it needs to be novel in any way if this is for your undergraduate project. My senior project was a galvanostat design with a few colleagues at the school. I ended up working in power and controls most of my career as a result, because I loved it. It sounds like you like embedded systems - so create something embedded and interface it to the real world. Write a cyclic executive routine to make things work reasonably well with some interrupt based timers, some serial busses, some PWM, some ADC, etc. and show that you're controlling or sensing something in the real world.

What your project controls is not really the point. The point is that you've learned how to program a microcontroller, how to sense something in the real world, and how to control something else as a result. Bring whatever you develop to the interview and be prepared to talk about it and describe what you've done, why, and discuss the technical challenges and what you've learned.

Every company and manager is different and will want different things from their employees - you'll never know what that is ahead of time. With new grads, I usually want to see that you can think for yourself, have some reasonable understanding of first and second order circuits, opamps, serial busses, PWM, and filters in regard to their technical ability. I also need to know that they can communicate reasonably well, have a good attitude, and can do what I need you to do. When someone brings a previous project that they've worked on then we can have a comfortable conversation about something that the interviewee understands, and I can test all of these aspects of your knowledge to see if you're a good fit for my company and the culture here.

I have enough experience that I can quickly adjust to whatever you bring and ask you questions about it. If you don't bring show and tell, then we start talking about stuff that I'm interested in and testing you on stuff you've perhaps never seen before - making the interview go south in a hurry, usually. (Hint: Bringing something to an interview also lets me know that, at least at some level, you're interested in electronics.)
 
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Create something you like or think may be useful. I don't personally think it needs to be novel in any way if this is for your undergraduate project. My senior project was a galvanostat design with a few colleagues at the school. I ended up working in power and controls most of my career as a result, because I loved it. It sounds like you like embedded systems - so create something embedded and interface it to the real world. Write a cyclic executive routine to make things work reasonably well with some interrupt based timers, some serial busses, some PWM, some ADC, etc. and show that you're controlling or sensing something in the real world.

What your project controls is not really the point. The point is that you've learned how to program a microcontroller, how to sense something in the real world, and how to control something else as a result. Bring whatever you develop to the interview and be prepared to talk about it and describe what you've done, why, and discuss the technical challenges and what you've learned.

Every company and manager is different and will want different things from their employees - you'll never know what that is ahead of time. With new grads, I usually want to see that you can think for yourself, have some reasonable understanding of first and second order circuits, opamps, serial busses, PWM, and filters in regard to their technical ability. I also need to know that they can communicate reasonably well, have a good attitude, and can do what I need you to do. When someone brings a previous project that they've worked on then we can have a comfortable conversation about something that the interviewee understands, and I can test all of these aspects of your knowledge to see if you're a good fit for my company and the culture here.

I have enough experience that I can quickly adjust to whatever you bring and ask you questions about it. If you don't bring show and tell, then we start talking about stuff that I'm interested in and testing you on stuff you've perhaps never seen before - making the interview go south in a hurry, usually. (Hint: Bringing something to an interview also lets me know that, at least at some level, you're interested in electronics.)
Very good and constructive advice!
It has been more than 4 months since the author asked about his project. I am interested to know what result he has achieved during this time and what he is working on now.
 

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Djsarakar

Joined Jul 26, 2020
473
Very good and constructive advice!
It has been more than 4 months since the author asked about his project. I am interested to know what result he has achieved during this time and what he is working on now.
I have been promoted to next class due to covid. My main focus right now is to learn the basics. I've learned a lot in the last few months. I've development board it has LCD, Seven segment, EEPROM, RTC, Switches, ADC. I learned programming for all modules @JohnInTX forum moderator has taught me a many things. Other members @trebla @hexreader have also helped me. I have learned UART, SPI, I2C communication protocol's. currently I am learning programming for matrix keypad This is last module in development board. My next target's to learn CAN protocol. When it would complete then I will work on big project.
 
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