On Being an Applications Engineer

October 29, 2013 Impinj

Pete Privitera - ImpinjThis is the first of a new blog post series, Day in the Life, in which a different employee will give a taste of what it’s like working at Impinj. Pete Privitera shares what life is like as an Impinj Applications Engineer.

You were a software and firmware design engineer before coming to Impinj. What made you want to become an applications engineer?
I enjoy being directly involved with product development, but unfortunately, many companies are organized in a way that isolates product engineers from its customers. This barrier doesn’t exist in application engineering. Applications engineers are the technical interface between a company and its customers. We work directly with end users, helping them solve problems and build solutions. An applications engineer will know all of the strengths and weaknesses of a product because they use it every day in a variety of applications. If you want to know if your product is a winner, ask an applications engineer.

Describe a typical day in the life of an Impinj Applications Engineer.
RFID is an emerging technology with a wide range of use cases, so my daily work can be quite diverse. On a typical day I write programming libraries, software utilities and sample applications. And because embedded RFID is really taking off, there is also a hardware component to my job. At Impinj I have built demos and prototypes using microcontrollers, sensors, etc. I also spend some time each day answering customer questions via our support portal and public forums.

What do you like most about your job?
While working at Impinj, I’ve discovered that I can have a bigger impact on product development as an applications engineer than I ever did in product engineering. Some of the projects I’ve worked on have ended up becoming official Impinj products. The company culture enables things like this, which makes it a special place.

What do you like least?
Is this a trick question? Is my manager listening? RFID is blowing up! We need more people. Come join the team. We’ve got lots of cool stuff for you to work on.

Why might another engineer want to become an Applications Engineer and join our team?
Applications engineers are considered rock stars of the technical world. Why wouldn’t you want to be one? Do you write code in your spare time? Do the words Arduino and Raspberry Pi mean anything to you? Do you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain? If so, you might make an excellent apps engineer.

What’s your best advice to someone who might want to become an Applications Engineer?
Apply via our website and then pester Karina relentlessly until she offers you a job!

If you are interested in joining the Impinj team, please take a look at our openings at: www.impinj.com/careers.

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