What is the role of a software engineer

One of the most popular professions in IT in terms of numbers employed, software engineers are responsible for the design and implementation of a variety of software solutions. The skills of software engineers are called upon when operational problems are encountered with computer programs and applications. They might also be involved in the design and testing of anything from computer games and business applications, to operating systems and advanced software.

The work undertaken by software engineers tends to be of a highly complex and technical nature, and involves the application of computer science and mathematics in an environment that is constantly evolving as a result of technological advances. Depending on the type of organisation, software engineers can become either systems or applications specialists.

What does a software engineer do?

Typical work activities include analysing user requirements, researching, designing and writing new software programs, testing new programs and fault finding, evaluating software, working with computer coding languages, maintaining systems, working closely with other staff and continually updating technical knowledge and skills by attending courses, reading manuals and accessing new applications. There can be some pressure to meet deadlines, and extra hours may be required. Typical employers of software engineers include software firms, IT consultancies and electronics and telecommunications companies.

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Aquaterra Energy

At Aquaterra Energy our highly qualified engineering teams design and supply Drilling Riser Systems and specialist Offshore Structures.

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Blaxtair is a brand of Arcure, an innovative and dynamic company supplying complete protection solutions for dangerous areas around industrial vehicles.

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ARM is the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier

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Dstl - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory), is an integral part of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as its trusted adviser on science and technology.

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No matter where your talents lie, working as part of L3Harris in Tewkesbury means you are directly contributing to a more secure society, helping to protect national security and combat evolving and emerging threats around the world.

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Network Rail

Network Rail owns, operates and maintains Britain's rail network, increasingly delivering improved standards of safety, reliability and efficiency.

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QinetiQ - Civil Aviation

We are experts in global aerospace, defence and security.

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Raytheon Systems

Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) are an industry leader in defence, government and commercial electronics, space and information technology.

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We produce best-of-breed supply chain, workforce and all-channel retail software solutions.

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Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

STFC is one of the UK’s seven publicly funded Research Councils responsible for supporting, co-ordinating and promoting research, innovation and skills development in seven distinct fields.

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UK Atomic Energy Authority

UK Atomic Energy Authority’s mission is to lead the commercial development of fusion power and related technology, and position the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy.

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Ultra Electronics

A part of the Ultra Electronics Group, we are a UK based solutions provider and systems integrator operating in the Defence and Aerospace markets, delivering world leading products, solutions and services to our national and international customers.

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Vista Entertainment Solutions

Vista Entertainment Solutions LTD started in 1996, when our founder Murray Holdaway was asked by a global cinema company to produce ticketing software to 'enhance the cinema experience'.

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