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2020 Engineering Development Program - Software Development

Graduating in May 2020 - Start Date: June 2020

Cognex Corporation invests in talent. One way we do this is through our Software Development Engineering Development Program, a full-time paid opportunity for recent college graduates (BS, MS). This program is designed to train and engage emerging engineering professionals that are interested in a Software Development track. You will learn industrial software development, Cognex products & core technologies and the interpersonal skills needed to advance your career in the fast-paced world of technology.

This program seeks to cultivate highly skilled, productive and committed Cognoids who will help lead Cognex’s future success. Program participants will develop software skills, increase their technical competence and gain application and product knowledge by working on engineering projects. Each candidate hired into the program will be able to make immediate contributions to the business. Graduates of the program will secure a position within one of Cognex’s business units, ID Products or Vision Products.

EDP – Software Development Qualifications:
Cognex is looking for well-rounded, intelligent, creative and motivated engineering candidates with a passion for getting results. Individuals with these characteristics will allow Cognex to develop a successful engineering team and continue to lead the machine vision marketplace.
  • High energy and motivated independent learner
  • Team player who can work effectively with cross functional teams and willing to take the initiative to address problems without hesitation
  • Drives change with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Software development in C/C++, C#, Python and Java Script required
  • Experience with software development processes, source code control, formal bug tracking desired
  • Experience with embedded systems, Linux, networking, wireless communications, vision/image-processing and optics all desired
  • Experience with agile methodologies valuable
Education and Experience Required:
  • Open to Undergraduate Seniors or Masters students graduating in May 2020 [Program start date: June 2020]
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science, Electrical & Computer, or Robotics Engineering required
  • Ability to program in C/C++, C#, Python, Java Script a must
Engineering Assignments:
Our Software Development EDP’s are 12 to 16-month development programs comprised of 4-6 project-based engineering assignments that will each be 3-4 months in duration in either our ID Products, Vision Products or Logistics business units. The programs target the development of functional, technical, and interpersonal skills. These assignments help our teams determine where graduates will flourish in their full-time position post-program.
  • Business unit assignments will be determined based on background, skillset and interests
  • The number and length of assignments will fluctuate depending on business need
Product Development Engineering:
Cognex Engineering is responsible for designing and developing the most sophisticated machine vision products in the world. These products combine 2D, 3D and deep learning algorithms with embedded hardware, specialized lighting and optics in configurable smart cameras, dedicated smart sensors and programable PC SDKs. Our customers use these systems to guide robots, automate inspections, identify parts, solve problems and transform industries. Our systems understand images at the rate of hundreds of millions of pixels per second, so the teams need to optimize hardware and software together to create best-in-class technology.

No matter which assigned business unit, you will work on product development teams, building your toolbox of software development, key technology and customer application knowledge. You will get opportunity to visit our most important customers, collaborate with our multi-nation development teams, and get exposure to complex and challenging problems involving software and system development and testing!

You will be offered exclusive training throughout the program in many important developmental areas including, but not limited to:
  • Introduction to Cognex Corporation
  • Cognex culture
  • Technical instruction & product overviews
  • Machine Vision and Optics
  • Software Engineering
  • Embedded Systems Programming
  • Application Programming
  • Project management
  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
Continuing Education:
In addition to the extensive onsite training, you will be encouraged to pursue advanced degrees by taking advantage of Cognex’s tuition reimbursement program.
Our EDP programs offer a unique opportunity to network with colleagues and technical management from day one. Through formal introductions with executives, team building exercises with colleagues and hands on work experience, you are immediately immersed in the corporate culture in order to hit the ground running!
Corporate Culture and Socialization:
Cognex embraces the need for camaraderie in the workplace understanding that it fosters collaboration and teamwork. Through exclusive outings and group events the Gradnoid program allows for members to quickly acclimate and form lasting relationships in the industry.


The Company: Cognex Corporation
Cognex is the global leader in the exciting and growing field of machine vision. With over $800 million of cash in the bank and no debt, we are a financially strong international company with a culture that maintains the fast paced, creative environment of a startup. Our employees, proudly called “Cognoids,” take their work seriously, but don't take themselves seriously.  Our Work Hard, Play Hard, Move Fast culture recognizes our employees for their innovation, perseverance, and hard work in a fun, rewarding, and quirky environment.

Are you a Cognoid?
Cognoid // [ 'cog-noyd-s ] //noun
Highly skilled and highly motivated members of the Cognex team. Dreamers and doers. Inventors with a passion for reimagining the world through the creative use of leading-edge technology.

We are looking for creative, bright, motivated Cognoids who share our passion for excellence and want to make an impact at a dynamic, global company. If you enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from working together to create products that solve tough problems for organizations around the world, apply directly so you can become part of our team!