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Olathe, Kansas - United States
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Aviation Embedded Graphics Engineer


As a leading worldwide provider of navigation devices and wearable technology, our focus is on developing, designing and supporting superior products. Our advanced technology promotes performance, safety and ease of use in every market we serve. That makes us an engineering and technology company with a keen focus on recruiting talent in those fields. But the same vertical integration business model that keeps all design and manufacturing processes in-house also gives us the incentive to hire top performers from different backgrounds, including operations, finance and accounting, information technology, sales, marketing and communications.

Associates get the royal treatment at Garmin. Regardless if you’re a newbie or a veteran, engineers dream it, design it and use it. Here, you will be surrounded by others who share the same passion about what they do every day. We offer a relaxed team environment (no dress code!) where advancement is found from sharing knowledge, not hiding it! While we promise you a lot of responsibility, you also will have the opportunity to have ownership over projects…oh, and we promise you there will be some fun mixed in there, too!

Our product development teams are looking for a full-time Embedded Senior Software Engineer, with a passion for developing embedded software, to provide technical leadership for our aviation software teams in Chandler, AZ or Olathe, KS (a suburb of the Kansas City area).  You will be tasked to develop  embedded software to support displays products using GPUs and be required to think outside the box to ensure that our software is optimized for memory and CPU/GPU usage, while still maintaining exceptional performance that our users expect. 

Senior Software Engineers on the various Platforms teams will also be responsible for the following:

  • Developing high-performance, graphic intensive software on a resource constrained platform
  • Partner with electrical engineering to turn on new graphics processors 
  • Collaborate closely with product teams to integrate new features and technology into product platforms
  • Coordinate closely with electrical engineers and vendors to integrate externally developed deliverables into projects as well as provide technical feedback in discussions on roadmaps and component selection for future platforms
  • Perform advanced technical research on new technologies with electrical engineering and develop prototypes to demo the new technology with the team
  • May perform as a Technical Lead or Lead Low-Level Software Engineer for software development projects
  • Participates in project leadership and/or program planning including providing technical input to product development plans and concept documents
  • Collaborates and adds value through participation in peer code reviews and technical assessments in areas of expertise, providing comments and suggestions to support software designs and new technologies
  • Assist design engineering as needed with component datasheet review and schematic design review
  • Offers process improvement suggestions and authors new procedures as appropriate
  • Perform periodic low-level software maintenance on product platforms in production as required
  • Mentors and/or supervises to less experienced Software Engineers (1 & 2)

Candidates for this role should possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Math or Physics or another relevant engineering/technical field AND a minimum of 5 year relevant experience OR Master of Science Degree in any of the fields noted above AND a minimum of 3 years relevant experience OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience plus a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 as a general rule. Qualified candidates will also demonstrate proficiency with: 

  • Demonstrates proficiency with designing well-architected software systems and modules that support new technology or improve capability / performance of existing functionality
  • Must possess proficiency in writing software in C on embedded processors
  • Proficient in using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers and multi meters, debuggers to design, test and validate embedded systems
  • Proficient in low level interrupt handling code and device drivers

Candidates with Python scripting experience  and/or 2D/3D graphics experience is a huge plus, in addition to software verification, preferable on DO-178 projects.

Our benefits, designed to lead an evolving marketplace, support innovation and encourage a healthy balance between work and life, keep us competitive and allow our associates to make their own decisions about their well-being and future. We offer a choice of healthcare plans—with low or no premiums—which consistently rank in the 90th percentile when compared to other high-tech employers, plus dental and vision plans for you and your family. In addition, our financial benefits rate 82% above the median for technology companies comparable in size. Our 401K retirement plan provides 5% of pay base contribution plus a match of 75 cents for every dollar you contribute to a maximum of 10% of your compensation. The employee stock purchase plan allows for shares to be bought at a 15% discount.

Garmin International is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, age or disability.

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