What would be the proper term for someone Woz-like (Steve Wozniak -[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wozniak/url]) to hire? Someone who works on an Arduino boards (specifically) and connect needed boards and things?
Is the proper term engineer?
I would probably say developer is more accurate, but I don't think anyone would scoff at being called an engineer.
How would I be able to find and hire someone?
Post your project on these forums. Give a general overview of what you're looking to do (with maybe some info on the hardware/software that is being used) and solicit PMs for those that are interested. Those that message you will typically ask some questions to illicit requrirements. Once they have a solid enough understanding, they'll provide you with a quote.
What's the usual going rate for work?
Variance in locality, level of experience and project size, means there really isn't a good answer for this
- Know the scope of your're hiring for. Do you want them just to write the code? Should they create a wiring diagram that you can use to hook-up everything yourself? Should they create a fully functional prototype and ship it to you?
- Make sure you and the person you are hiring are on the same page when it comes to the requirements and deliverables.
- Be reachable. Don't go dark for a month and come back expecting to pick up right where you left off.