Computer Hardware Engineer at a Glance

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  • 2023

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Best States for Computer Hardware Engineer

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
California 22,360 $114,560 $55
Maryland 4,650 $105,250 $51
District of Columbia 1,630 $108,260 $52

Becoming a Computer Hardware Engineer

The best way to qualify for entry-level computer hardware engineering careers is to have a bachelor's degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering from an accredited college or university. Employers may prefer graduates of programs accredited by the ABET, also known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET-accredited programs feature courses in computer programming, network analysis, engineering graphics, computer programming, and computer architecture. Some larger companies may require a master's degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer and systems engineering, or a related subject. Some jobs in computer hardware engineering have continuing education requirements. Continuing education programs are often provided by employers so that engineers can stay informed about technological advancements. This is particularly important due to the rapid development of new technologies. In addition to the technical expertise, computer hardware engineers must have strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Computer Architecture
  • Engineering Graphics
  • AC Network Analysis
  • Introduction to C++ Programming
Hands-on experience can be particularly valuable in finding a job after graduation. Some academic programs offer internships with local companies that can help budding engineers acquire professional experience. Computer systems certification, such as those offered by Microsoft and other software companies, can be helpful as well. Microsoft offers certifications in five different categories: server, desktop, office, database, and developer. Specific certifications include Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Platform, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Visual Studio. These certificates demonstrate a level of expertise with a certain technology which can give them a competitive advantage in the job market.