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Like most engineers, I go home with a gaggle of Garmin gadgets — some I’m testing for my team, some I’ve just checked out from the library. I’m always fiddling around with something new, and my friends always ask me, ‘Where does he get all those wonderful toys?’

— Dan, senior software engineer

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Senior Level Openings in Engineering

Entry Level Openings in Engineering

Associates get the royal treatment at Garmin. Whether you are a newbie or veteran, software, electrical or mechanical engineer, a lover of maps (cartography) or a creative builder (industrial design), each engineer has a hand in the concept, design and evaluation stages of Garmin’s manufacturing. This allows engineers to be key players in a product’s creation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What departments are within engineering?
A: Engineering is divided into 2 groups: consumer engineering and aviation engineering. Consumer is divided into marine, automotive OEM, personal navigation devices (PNDs), outdoor/fitness and mobile apps.

Q: Do I need a bachelor’s degree if I’m interested in an engineering position?
A: Yes, a 4 year bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering or equivalent is required for most of our engineering positions.

Q: Do you accept entry level employees in engineering?
A: Yes, entry level candidates should look under Students for more information.

Q: What is the GPA requirement for an engineering job?
A: At least a 3.0 GPA is required, but we prefer 3.5 or higher. Please note: the more years of experience you have, the less important the GPA becomes.

Q: What software language experience do you look for?
A: We use a variety of languages, including C, C++, C#, Java and Assembly.

Q: What does it take to be a senior engineer at Garmin?
A: At least 10 years of related experience.

Consumer Engineering

Q: What departments are within cartography?
A: Marine, recreation and automotive.

Q: How large is the Cartography Department?
A: There are 90+ associates in the Cartography Department.

Q: Do I need a bachelor’s degree if I’m interested in a cartography position?
A: Yes, a 4 year degree in GIS/cartography/geography is required. We also prefer a bachelor’s of science rather than a bachelor’s of arts.

Q: Do you accept entry level employees in cartography?
A: Yes, entry level actually is preferred. Please look under Students for more information.

Q: What is the GPA requirement for a cartography job?
A: At least a 3.0 GPA is required, but we prefer 3.5 or higher.

Q: Do I need to have an internship to get a cartography job?
A: No, however, we prefer at least 1 internship.

Q: What software does Garmin use in cartography?
A: We use proprietary software similar to ARC GIS in our Cartography Department. We will teach associate’s how to use the program.

Q: I am a design engineer. Do you have any jobs for that position?
A: Yes, we do. Design Engineers develop FPGA code (write code, test, test for certification) and design circuits (schematic, layout, prototype, testing). Different types of hardware design include: Digital hardware design, RF hardware design and analog and power supply design.

Q: What is the difference between an IT programmer and an engineering programmer?
A: IT programmers work on systems that are used by internal employees at Garmin as well as our website. They work collaboratively with the User Experience (UX) and web teams in Communications. Whereas, our engineering software teams write code for our consumer products.

Q: How large are your consumer engineering teams? A: We try to keep our teams fairly small, usually no more than 12 associates per team.

Q: How is the consumer engineering division organized?
A: The engineering division is organized by product line. In other words, we have specific teams assigned to fitness/outdoor, automotive OEM, PND (personal navigation device), etc.

Q: Do you manufacture your consumer products in-house?
A: No. Garmin has 3 manufacturing plants in Taiwan where the consumer products are produced.

Aviation Engineering

Q: What is included in aviation?
A: Aviation engineering is made up of both software and hardware teams that work on many different products, from portable navigation and radio communication/navigation units to complete integrated glass cockpit systems. We strive to design and develop every piece of equipment a pilot would need in his or her aircraft.

Q: Do I need to have previous software development experience within the aviation industry?
A: No, you do not need to have previous experience within the aviation industry.

Q: If I was interested in aviation, what would I do if I sought a job in that area?
A: We design, develop, certify, maintain and manufacture aviation products while working directly with professional pilots and aircraft OEMs. We work to create products to make flying safer, easier, and more affordable. Aviation leverages all types of engineering disciplines for mechanical, electrical, and software design.

Q: I am a design engineer. Do you have any jobs for that position?
A: Yes, we do. Design Engineers develop FPGA code (write code, test, test for certification) and design circuits (schematic, layout, prototype, testing). Different types of hardware design include: Digital hardware design, RF hardware design and analog and power supply design.

Q: I am a design certification engineer. Do you have any jobs for that position?
A: Yes, we do. Our design certification engineers lead or guide a product development team through the design process, ensure products meet the regulatory requirements through product certification and coordinate efforts across organizational boundaries. These engineers balance their work load between bench time and certification work.

Q: What kind of products do they work on in aviation?
A: We develop everything a pilot needs: nav and comm radios, weather radar, traffic systems, large LCD displays and touch screens, engine data units and more.

Q: What is DO-178B?
A: DO-178B defines the guidelines for the development of aviation software in the United States. As a result, certification to DO178B requires delivery of multiple supporting documents and records. The quantity of items needed for DO-178B certification, and the amount of information that they must contain is determined by the level of certification being sought. The targeted DO-178B certification level is either A, B, C, D, or E. These DO-178B levels describe the consequences of the potential failure of the software: catastrophic, hazardous-severe, major, minor or no-effect.

Q: What is the difference between Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft?
A: Part 23 is the FAA design and certification standard for general aviation aircraft, mostly singles, light twins and some turboprop aircraft. As the low end of the aircraft performance spectrum, Part 23 aircraft have less stringent design standards than those certified to Part 25 standards. Part 25 applies to commercial aircraft, mostly airliners and newer business jets. Because commercial aircraft carry the general public for hire, the wisdom of the FAA stipulates that such aircraft should be designed and be able to perform at a higher level of safety.

Q: Do I need to take pilot ground school or have a pilot’s license to work in aviation?
A: No. However, the Garmin Educational Assistance Program allows for financial assistance with costs associated with ground school and/or pilot certification. Before taking a ground school course or initiating flight training, the employee must obtain course approval through his or her supervisor and HR. The employee is reimbursed after submitting evidence of satisfactory completion of the course.

Q: What is field service engineering?
A: Field service engineering provides technical support on Garmin avionics products and installations to customers and distributors.

Q: Does field service engineering require an engineering degree?
A: Field service engineering does not require an engineering degree. It requires a college degree or equivalent military/trade school training plus experience in avionics installations and troubleshooting.

Q: What do associates in Garmin’s Flight Operations do?
A: Garmin uses a fleet of aircraft to develop, test and certify new aviation products. Airplanes also are used for company transportation and to demonstrate our aviation products to customers. Garmin also does flight testing and certification at our Salem, Oregon, division.

Q: How many aircrafts does Garmin own?
A: The size of “Air Garmin ” varies depending on the number of projects that are going on at a given time. At present, Garmin owns 16 airplanes and 1 helicopter for testing and transportation at 2 locations: Salem, Oregon, and Gardner, Kansas.

Q: Does Garmin have a flying club?
A: No; however, a local flying club, The Flying Gators, is operated by Garmin associates and many of the members work at Garmin. We support the club whenever possible.

Q: Can I go out to the airport to see Flight Operations?
A: Most of the hangars have restricted access; however, Flight Operations would be happy to give you a tour of the facilities during normal working hours.

Q: Does Garmin use Garmin equipment in their planes?
A: Yes, throughout our fleet. We have everything from the GNS430 to the G1000.

Q: Does Garmin maintain its aircraft?
A: Yes, we have maintenance technicians that service all of our aircraft.

Q: Do you do the installation for the equipment?
A: Yes, for the company planes. We have a group of avionic technicians that install and maintain the equipment in our fleet of aircraft.

Q: Does Garmin have employees that are pilots to do the flying?
A: Yes, Garmin currently has 9 flight test pilots and more than 30 company pilots.

More questions? See our list of general FAQs