Nintendo has posted a job listing for a lead graphic engineer for a next-gen console.
Description of Duties
Nintendo Technology Development is looking for a lead graphics architect in the system-on-chip architecture group in Redmond, WA. The group is responsible for the architecture of Nintendo’s game console SoCs. The graphics architect plays a key role in determining the SoC architecture. The job responsibilities are:
Evaluate HW graphics (GPU) offerings from SoC solutions available in the market based on performance, power, and silicon area.
Evaluate the performance of the SoC solutions for both proprietary and standard graphics APIs.
Determine workloads and simulation models for both performance and power characteristics of GPUs.
Keep track of GPU architectural improvements in the industry and devise strategies to incorporate them for future Nintendo gaming platforms.
Act as the graphics architectural evangelist working with global Nintendo teams for future and on-going programs.
Work with external SoC vendors as the Nintendo focal point for graphics GPU architecture.
Should be prepared to work through architecture, design, validation, and bring-up stages of SoC design in cooperation with internal and external teams.
Summary of Requirements
The ideal candidate will have had experience working directly in a GPU architecture and design team with significant responsibilities.
Low power and SoC design experience would be a plus.
The candidate is expected to have good architectural insights and the ability to apply that for setting future graphics direction for Nintendo.
A bachelors degree (graduate degree preferred) in computer science/engineering or electrical engineering.
5+ years of lead or architectural role experience are required.
What do you think about becoming an architect in such an inconsistent economy? Would you still recommend it to aspiring architects?
Hi! Thanks for your question.
On one hand, I advocate doing whatever you love to do. Because I’d rather be happy with myself and my career and living with less material wealth rather than unhappy with my chosen path and living in luxury.
On the other hand, I can understand the cause for alarm for some people in the field of architecture or those who aspire to become architects. Not knowing what your future will hold is a frightening thing, and constant struggles await you.
It’s a very personal choice. One needs to sit down and think about it, talk with loved ones, and make a definite decision. Architecture isn’t something that people do alone- they’ve got family, close friends, significant others, etc. I’m an advocate of building one’s foundation (haha!) before making momentous decisions in this economy.
I would always recommend architecture to someone, but only if they’ve expressed an interest. Anyone who gets into architecture for money or fame, I would dissuade, or at least make them think twice.
As far as the job market, the economy will turn back up eventually- that’s how things go. When the economy is good, people commission buildings, and they go to architects! Architecture is a profession that will always be around because it’s essential for people to survive.
I hope this was a good enough answer for your question. It’s a personal decision, becoming an architect. And it’s one that no one else should make for someone. Thanks for checking out this blog! :D