Return to Work Program - Firmware Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Posted: Dec 21, 2018
Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number: 200023543
Returning to a career after extended time off? Welcome back — and welcome to Apple. Whether you took time off for your family, military service, education, health, or a personal passion project, we value your entire life experience. After all, Apple’s culture depends on a wide range of talent and perspectives. It’s our diverse collective of thinkers and doers that makes innovation possible. That’s why we created the Apple Return to Work program. It features full-time, paid 17-week returnships that provide mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities, as well as employee benefits. Eligible applicants will have at least five years of relevant work experience and have taken a career break of two or more years. Do you have a desire to research and craft solutions that do not yet exist? Do you love designing, developing, and shipping products that set the standard for an entire industry? We are seeking a firmware engineer who is passionate about working collaboratively with other teams to design audio products that will empower our customers to fully utilize and enjoy the ecosystem of Apple products. You will be deeply involved in low-level micro-controller firmware design and implementation, as well as overall system integration. Come join the Apple Audio Products Engineering team and help us create the next generation of audio products.

Key Qualifications

  • Experience with low level firmware or embedded system software
  • Proficiency in C programming
  • Experience with Python or other scripting languages is preferred
  • Experience with MCUs, peripherals, features, or development environments
  • Electrical system and software debugging skills are preferred
  • Experience with RTOS embedded development and multithreaded programming
  • Knowledge of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Technologies is desired
  • Passion for product ownership and track record of product development


As an Audio Products Firmware Engineer, you will play a significant part in the development of products with all of these characteristics by engaging in a very collaborative, rapidly changing environment to integrate new technologies into our designs. You will fully engage to contribute at every stage of the Apple product development cycle, from concept to production, driving both individual product features and overall system validation activities. You will partner closely with various team members on activities ranging from schematic-level design and firmware development to system debug, root cause analysis, and corrective action. You will prioritize tasks with rapid development cycles, remain flexible and calm in the face of uncertainty, and drive vendors to deliver excellent results for time-critical issues.

Education & Experience

Bachelors, Masters or PhD in Electrical Engineering or equivalent

Additional Requirements