System Firmware & Diagnostics Engineer Intern - Suzhou

Suzhou, Jiangsu, China


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200540667
Apple is a place where extraordinary people gather to do their best work. Just be ready to dream big. The people here at Apple don’t just build products — they build the kind of wonder that’s revolutionized entire industries. It’s the diversity of those people and their ideas that encourages the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. Join Apple, and help us leave the world better than we found it. Imaging what you could do here. At Apple, creative ideas have a way of becoming wonderful products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there’s no telling what you could accomplish. Be a part of the System Firmware & Diagnostics team in Suzhou! We build factory-facing firmware (FW) to support system-wide hardware (HW) testing for a variety of Apple’s accessories, in spaces such as Home, AirPods and AirTags. In this role you will design, test and debug firmware running on prototype hardware. You’ll be part of a team that will directly support product hardware builds at contract manufacturer sites and witness new Apple products being crafted for the first time!


You will be directly responsible for the design, development and debug of diagnostic FW to be used for testing new Apple products. You’ll work with key module engineers to establish test coverage and write firmware to support it. - Design, develop and test FW to exercise key HW system components. Write code to develop modularity for cross-platform use and implement command line tools to access specific functionality. - Integrate test coverage from cross-functional module engineers, understand how to translate coverage into CLI implementation that can be driven with automation. - Work with host-side station engineers to understand test flow and execution, ensuring accuracy against required coverage. - Debug blocking FW issues quickly in unfamiliar codebases using log files, direct code inspection and core dumps. - Understand and drive down test station re-test rates. - Review and inspect manufacturing data for accuracy and integrity. - Traveling to contract manufacturer sites to support active HW builds.

Minimum Qualifications

Key Qualifications

  • In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in embedded microcontroller FW development both in bare-metal and operating system contexts on a variety of architectures.
  • Experience in developing custom device drivers for a variety of internal and external peripherals.
  • Proficiency in C required, C++ & Python optional, but desired.
  • Understanding of HW schematics, components, busses and interfaces.
  • Experience in HW board bring-up activities: use of oscilloscope, logic analyzer, DMM to debug HW and FW issues.
  • A positive outlook towards stepping into uncharted technology space and working hard to deliver solutions in a timely fashion.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills; clear communication with diverse teams.

Preferred Qualifications

Education & Experience


Additional Requirements

  • Apple is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We also take affirmative action to offer employment and advancement opportunities to all applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Apple will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose, or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.