Graduate Applications Engineer

Working at Altera

At Altera, we take pride in creating an energetic and dynamic work environment that is driven by ingenuity and innovation.  We believe the growth and success of our company is directly linked to the growth and satisfaction of our employees.  That is why Altera is committed to a work environment that is flexible and collaborative, and allows our employees to reach their full potential.

Altera is looking for a talented, highly motivated engineering graduate to take on a new role within Altera Europe. This opportunity has been designed to show graduates how they can use their engineering degree to achieve business success.

You will start your career with Altera as an Application Engineer, learning skills and gaining experience to technically support some of our biggest customers. You will be able to use your business and technical acumen to build strong relationships with strategic customers, and drive business growth. During your first year with us, you will be assigned a buddy and a management mentor to support your career development.

Job Description

The purpose of this position is to provide both proactive and reactive specialist technical support directly to Altera’s customers and to Field Application Engineers in both Altera’s direct and distribution sales channels across Europe.

The role is located in Altera’s European Regional Support Centre, which consists of a team of technical specialists available to support major customers throughout Europe. The team covers a variety of technical specialities related to Altera’s hardware, software and system IP products in addition to encompassing more generic aspects of electronic design such as HDL-based design methodologies and high speed board design and analysis techniques.

This is initially a training role, which over time will grow in to a fully qualified Application Engineering role. Some of the responsibilities described below, will not be applied until the required level of experience has been acquired. A formal & structured training programme will run for 12-18 months, with the opportunity to rotate in to different departments to further build your knowledge and understanding of Altera. The training will also include an extended stay (up to 2 months) in San Jose, California.

Key Responsibilities

You will be responsible for providing expert support to Altera’s FAE, Distribution FAE’s and Customers in Europe in the resolution of component and Software level issues.

You will deliver reactive and proactive technical support in these areas as necessary. This may include the delivery of formal or informal training and customer visits where this would assist in the resolution of specific priority issues.

The proactive aspects of the position will require participation in development projects, possibly as part of an international, cross organisational team and may include the generation of documentation and other collateral such as reference designs,

To be effective in this role you will need to develop strong local, regional and international intra and inter organisational communication and co-operation in a team-based environment.

You will be required to manage technical support activities in an efficient manner utilising the issue management systems that are available in the company and work with the rest of the applications team and the extended field team to prioritise issues effectively based on the company’s business objectives.

You will be expected to build your level of technical expertise by identifying and communicating your development requirements, and attending suitable internal and external training activities.

Key Requirements

  • Sc. or B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering or equivalent plus any relevant internship in a design or technical support role.
  • The ability to work flexibly in a multi-tasking team environment.
  • You should be a self-starter who is able to set their own goals and deliver output to a high standard.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to apply sound judgement.
  • Excellent technical knowledge with skills and experience in, FPGA or ASIC design using Verilog/VHDL.
  • You should have some level of understanding in all aspects of the design flow from concept to silicon, including design-entry, synthesis, floor-planning, place and route, simulation, static timing analysis and on-chip debug.  
  • Existing experience in the use of Altera’s QuartusII tool would be desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience with Altera’s silicon products would be useful, but not mandatory.
  • Some experience in the use of scripting languages e.g. tcl would be of value.
  • Knowledge of operating systems such as Linux, Windows, or UNIX and related system administration activities would be useful.
  • Good problem solving skills, and the ability to work in a team environment.

Additional Information

This role is based at our site in High Wycombe. From the site you are only 40 minutes from central London and Oxford – both have great nightlife, a big student scene and live music! Whilst on the site, you will have access to a free gym, Costa TM coffee, flexible working and a fun social environment.

Salary is between £30,000-35,000 per annum, restricted stock units, pension, private medical cover and relocation assistance are a few of the main benefits available.

As a global organisation this role also includes the opportunity to travel. You will be spending up to two months on a rotation at our headquarters in Silicon Valley, California, and visits to our offices around Europe. We will support you all the way to ensure you get the best experience possible. 

If you are an exceptional and innovative individual, who wishes to work in an engaging environment, then Altera is the right place for you to develop a rewarding technical career with a leading-edge semiconductor company.


Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: 15th May 2015
  • Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
  • Type Of Degree: Bachelors
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Region: London and South East

Disciplines accepted...

  • Computer & IT
  • Electrical
  • Electronics

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