Interview with Pierre, Embedded Systems Engineer in Nantes

8 November 2017
Check out our interview with Pierre, an embedded systems engineer.

Pierre, you are an embedded systems engineer. What educational path did you follow in order to undertake this activity?

After taking science courses in high school, I studied for 5 years at INSA Rennes. I chose this school because it allowed me to do a more generalist preparation and then to pursue afterwards a specialisation in Electronics and Industrial Software. Despite this very typical electronics journey, I worked more on software when I left school.

Your experience at AUSY is rather unusual…you left and then you came back! What motivated you to join our ranks once more?

My first experience at AUSY was on a project that lasted for 9 months. The mission finished and immediately afterwards I found a job at another company. The context was rather particular at the time because there were very few missions in my field in the Nantes region.

I kept in touch with my former AUSY manager. I approached him when I left my old company. He knew what I enjoyed and the proposed project convinced me to return.

How did the second recruitment process go?

I was recruited at AUSY, in a technical meeting directly at the client’s place where I work currently, super easy!

What activities are you working on these days?

Today I work on the development of future product interfaces, which are modified depending on many ranges and brands. The developed modules must also be compatible with the many products designed by the company.

What are your current projects and what skills have you developed during the year?

Currently, I am on a project where I need to create models and prototypes in order to launch software production.

During the first half of my mission, I worked a lot on perfecting my knowledge of C++ for defining software product architecture.

These days, I also keep myself busy with continuous integration, a subject in which I was a total beginner when I arrived. The objective is to have a very rapid response on our developments, by automating tests and software creations, in an Agile context with iterations in two weeks.

How is the engineering team in the Electronics Department organised?

The team atmosphere is very enjoyable. We are supervised by three project managers in the Electronics Department. So, we have five people total who work on the project (four developers: one on the hardware section, and three on the software section).

On the other hand, six other developers are working on multiple projects and four testers participate regularly in our developments. 

What do you like the most in your work?

The possibility of starting from scratch and thus creating what I make pleases me a lot.

Furthermore, the very tangible aspect of my work allows me to feel the created products.

Do you have any advice to give to future engineers?

Yes, it’s vital to experiment as much as possible, to not close yourself off and to always explore. The idea is to remain versatile in order to have a large range of knowledge. However, in order to distinguish yourself from others, make sure to develop a specialty.