Development engineers are deployed wherever technical know-how is required at a high level. This can be in research & development at the manufacturer’s as well as on-site at the customer, where special requirements lead to individual solutions. Here, the development engineer can provide appropriate support from the manufacturer as well as from sales / distributors or integrators. Engineers in research and development are among the all-rounders among engineers.

A development engineer at StriveAV develops new products or is responsible for improving existing systems. Over the years, some distributors or integrators have converted special customer requests into their own product ideas and have thus in turn become manufacturers of their own developments. Engineers can also be used as product managers on the manufacturer’s side, who may not be tinkering with new ideas themselves, but who control the development of an individual product or a division and decide how their area for which they are responsible should develop further. Here, an engineer in product management acts as the interface between management and the customer and ensures that the needs of both parties are implemented by the development department.

Engineers in research and development are very often directly responsible for the economic success of their company – they observe technical trends and, above all, the competition. Prototypes are developed or simulated using software and extensively tested. In the further course of product development, development engineers are in close contact with production, assembly and product management. It is not uncommon for an engineer to advance to project management or management.


Development engineers have an excellent technical understanding, are very creative and also have a sense for the development of costs. Engineers in research and development usually have a degree in mechanical and plant engineering, mechatronics or electrical engineering. Likewise, open-minded graduates from the fields of production technology, automation technology, physics and, above all, computer science can work as development engineers in the AV industry.

To be successful, an engineer must have a high degree of personal responsibility, show initiative and be goal-oriented. Methodical work and analytical thinking are helpful here. For the communication with other engineers and, above all, those involved who are not technically well versed, the clear and precise formulation of technical relationships in spoken and written is an advantage – as is the quick grasp of these relationships. As you often work internationally, good English skills are just as important as the willingness to participate in this collaboration and to accept longer trips for it. In many cases, engineers work together in teams, so a high level of willingness to communicate is very useful.

The use of current CAD drawing tools should be mastered as well as various simulation programs. Solid programming skills are essential for a development engineer these days. Depending on the environment, the procurement of required parts from suppliers and the negotiation of prices must also be dealt with. In the end, the engineer is responsible for the best possible and most economical solution.

The average salary of an engineer in research and development is between $ 50,000 and 70,000 gross per year.

BYOD (bring your own device) is a popular workplace trend, and for good reason. Employees who can use their personal gadgets at work are happier, according to statistics, and 90% of all U.S. workers are currently using their cellphones at work. There are numerous methods to incorporate BYOD into AV presentation systems to make them more accessible to a broader variety of employees and more successful in communicating company information.

BYOD is a big trend in the workplace that has revolutionized how firms think about a variety of technical ideas, including presentations, conferences, and remote work. The BYOD paradigm is already having a tremendous influence on the interchange of information in the workplace, as proven by these ways BYOD may be employed in AV presentation systems. As technology advances, businesses and their employees should notice positive developments that make it easier to deliver presentations to a bigger audience.

If BYOD devices are used that are to be integrated into the in-house WLAN, use by external parties is not permitted. In order to be able to use WLAN-based systems and to protect them against external attacks and data theft, planners want systems that B. have two network interfaces.

In terms of hardware, they could work separately from one another, which would allow the construction of two network areas. Then the employee could move around in the company’s internal network with their own components and a WLAN network independent of the company network could be established for external users, which would be limited to the room equipped. In this case, no addresses that affect the company network need to be released.

Caution, large amounts of data

Should mobile devices, e.g.,laptop, tablet PC, image and sound are displayed or transmitted on the room-internal AV components, the necessary infrastructure can be viewed separately from the company’s internal network structure.

An HDMI interface on the table or even the still often used VGA interface, possibly with HDBaseT transmission components, is sufficient. The company’s IT is only of interest if, for example, within the scope of BYOD, the transmission is to take place wirelessly or for cross-room reasons via network components.

As I said, it would be very helpful here if manufacturers in the BYOD area offered devices with two network cards. When transmitting native or many image and sound signals, the aspect of large amounts of data already mentioned plays a role. In these cases, the use of an infrastructure separated from the IT is widespread. A larger system, e.g. B. requires a matrix with 64 × 64 inputs and outputs and is to be mapped completely in the network, produces a large amount of data.

An uncompressed transmission is then no longer possible, but only according to the H.264 or the upcoming H.265 compression standard. And even in this case, the amounts of data are still immense. Anyone who sets up such a system and also lets the entire company network run over it can quickly calculate that satisfactory speed and security can no longer be guaranteed for data transmission. With a view to the anticipated development, this means that the path to a 100 percent merging of AV technology and IT technology is more likely to be seen in the medium to long-term future.