Firmware Quality Engineer

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand


Role Number:200540574
Be part of the Input Device QE team, focused on testing firmware and ensuring ultra-high quality for Apple's next generation human interface devices. This includes technologies such as Multi-Touch, Heart-rate sensing, Touch ID, and other input device technologies across a variety of Apple’s product lines! Testing is focused on microcontroller based firmware interfaced with sensors and various other system components. You will be a motivated individual who independently follows up on bugs, collaborates with developers to resolve low-level issues and can understand and discuss technical problems.

Key Qualifications

  • An excellent candidate will:
  • Have a real passion for quality, enjoy breaking things through creative testing
  • Thrive in uncertain, early prototype stages of a project when not all features are working yet, and enjoy putting energy into identifying/classifying issues as a way to improve quality
  • Strive to innovate and try new things, incorporating continuous improvement of testing methods
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Core responsibilities include: - Understanding microcontroller based embedded systems, including algorithms - Partnering with a development team to quickly understand an architecture, break it into functional parts, come up with a plan to test/validate, and identify and target weaknesses - Crafting creative ways to exercise embedded subsystems, communication protocols (SPI, I2C, etc) and high-level features of embedded devices - Devising and building test fixtures, building tools and authoring automated scripts - Carrying out manual and automated test plans on early prototypes, typically at the “grey box” level - Helping to craft quality from a very early stage, ushering the product from early prototype to production - Documentation of test cases and code used for test execution - Coming up with ideas for custom tools and methods to exercise firmware features - Supervising performance, reporting results to management, driving issues to closure

Education & Experience

BS or MS in Computer Science /Computer Engineering /Electrical & Electronics Engineering or related degrees 2+ years’ experience with embedded systems, microcontrollers and sensors.

Additional Requirements

  • Helpful/Useful experience:
  • - Experience writing and/or testing firmware, building embedded systems
  • - Knowledge of Mac systems and MacOS/iOS or UNIX variant
  • - Track record of shipping phenomenal consumer products
  • - Testing automation using Python or similar
  • - Use of hardware debugging tools – USB and Bluetooth CATC, protocol analyzer, logic analyzer, oscilloscope
  • - Familiarity with C/C++ or object-oriented programming
  • - Test tool development
  • - Continuous integration systems
  • - Algorithm analysis and validation