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It's a shame you're not open to remote. I didn't post in that thread, but matching on "assembly", "assembler", and "embedded" is right up my alley. Unless you happen to be anywhere near Regina, SK :)

Let's avoid judging -- remote is awesome if it works, but a lot of people aren't open to remote precisely because they're in a field or industry where it's incredibly logistically difficult. For example if you're a hardware company it's often pretty hard to do work without the actual hardware in front of you.

100% agree, which is why I'd want hardware delivered :). Not as easy for e.g. an electric vehicle, but pretty straightforward for smaller electronics. I come pre-equipped with a decently stocked lab: nice 'scope/logic analyzer, ok spectrum analyzer, nice soldering setup for SMD, hordes of JTAG adapters and dev boards, 3D printer, etc. I've been doing remote hardware work for a while now; there are definitely a few challenges, but it's generally worked just fine.

Edit: I looked at their profile and saw the citizenship requirement, and more of a description of the kinds of stuff they work on. I get why remote might not be encouraged for it :). The point still stands generally though; remote hardware work is possible and not a huge burden for most situations.

You're not wrong, but for an awful lot of combinations of hardware and remote locations, it's reasonable to ship gear as needed. I do firmware work remotely, and think of occasional fast shipping (or more rarely, work trips) as a cost of doing business.

Again, typically not easy if you are doing industrial hardware that weighs 100 pounds, has fragile components, still in a phase where various hardware components need to be regularly tweaked or replaced by their respective experts on the team, needs to be on-site to function at all, and depends on other infrastructure.

If you're doing consumer hardware, different story.

I've done remote embedded (and instrument control) work. It's not impossible. I mean, who is really into electronics and doesn't have a bench setup already? Also most test equipment these days has network connectivity, so you can even work with that remotely in some cases.

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