Computer hardware engineers design, develop, and test circuit boards, routers, chips, and other types of computer equipment. This process includes creating blueprints of the equipment, testing completed models, modifying the designs as needed, and update computer equipment to work with new software. Engineers collaborate with software developers to determine the kind of software a piece of hardware can run. This is particularly important since it has a direct impact on the user experience. If a piece of hardware, such as a mobile phone, isn't capable of running an application then no one will want to use it. The statistics listed above and the list of job duties below is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
- Design new computer hardware.
- Test completed models of the hardware they designed.
- Modify designs as needed.
- Oversee the manufacturing process of the hardware they designed.
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Becoming a Computer Hardware EngineerThe 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.
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