I lost my job a couple of months ago. Last week, I had two interviews, one of which resulted in a job offer, which I accepted. I want to briefly talk about the other one, because I’ll bet there are First Robotics mentors who would love the job.
The primary thing they are looking for is an embedded software engineer, but someone who has done a lot of electrical interfacing and is familiar with controls and components. I didn’t get the job because I was pretty light on actually starting a project from the ground up, i.e. selecting a processor/plc/controls package as appropriate, quickly selecting the right motors to use, not needing guidance to get a project off the ground. I was close, but not quite good enough in those areas. On their “preferred skills” list, they also included someone with computer vision or machine learning (which I did have).
It requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum five years experience.
I can’t publicly post much about the company, but I’ll tell you that you have heard of the company, and that they are not in any way connected to the auto industry. I can also say that when they described the job and asked me if it sounds interesting, I thought “It sounds like getting paid for doing First Robotics.” If you like to put together gadgets, know your way around embedded systems, are the sort of person who puts together Arduino and raspberry pi projects in your spare time, and can use an industrial supply catalog, the job might be right for you. I’m posting this here because it sure seemed like they were looking for exactly the sort of person who might be a First mentor. I know if they would have offered me the job, I would have taken it instead of the one I actually took.
As I said, the forum is a bit too public for me to post anything else about the company, but if you send me a private message, I’ll send you the phone number of the recruiter who put me in touch with them.