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Most computer hardware engineers need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited computer engineering program.Education
Most entry-level computer hardware engineers have a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, although a degree in electrical engineering or computer science also is generally acceptable. A computer engineering major is similar to a major in electrical engineering but with a heavy emphasis on computer science.
Many engineering programs are accredited by ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Employers may prefer students from an accredited program. To prepare for a major in computer or electrical engineering, students should have a solid background in math and science.
Because hardware engineers commonly work with computer software systems, a familiarity with computer programming usually is expected. This background may be obtained through computer science courses.
Some large firms or specialized jobs may require a master’s degree in computer engineering. Some experienced engineers obtain a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). All engineers must continue their learning over the course of their careers in order to keep up with rapid advances in technology.Other Experience
Some students participate in internships while in school so that they can gain practical experience.Advancement
Some computer hardware engineers can advance to become computer and information systems managers.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Computer hardware engineers use computer programming tools to analyze the digital circuits in hardware to determine the best design.
Creativity. Computer hardware engineers design new types of information technology devices.
Critical-thinking skills. These engineers use logic and reasoning to clarify goals, examine assumptions, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.
Problem-solving skills. Computer hardware engineers identify complex problems in computer hardware, develop and evaluate possible solutions, and figure out the best way to implement them.
Speaking skills. Engineers often work on teams and must be able to communicate with other types of engineers as well as with nontechnical team members.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Design Verification Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Sep 30, 2016||$189,945|
|Design Verification Engineer||Nytec, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Oct 10, 2015||$187,830|
|Senior Design Verification Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Nov 01, 2015||$182,019|
|Senior Design Verification Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Jan 11, 2015||$182,019|
|Senior Staff Design Verification Engineer I||Futurewei Technologies Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 30, 2016||$180,000|
|Design Verification Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||May 25, 2015||$176,000 -
|Senior Design Verification Engineer (H/W Design Engineer)||Microsoft Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Oct 18, 2016||$173,000 -
|Physical Design Verification Engineer/Senior Staff/Manager||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 08, 2016||$172,432 -
|Asic Design Verification Engineer III||Aricent N.A Inc.||Austin, TX||Mar 17, 2016||$172,000|
|Asic Design Verification Engineer III||Aricent N.A. Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 17, 2016||$172,000|
|Asic Design Verification Engineer III||Smartplay, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 13, 2015||$172,000|
|Asic Design Verification Engineer III||Smartplay, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 13, 2015||$172,000|
|Asic Design Verification Engineer IV||Aricent N.A.||Austin, TX||Jul 11, 2016||$171,000|
|Asic Design Verification Engineer IV||Aricent N.A.||San Jose, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$171,000|
|Design Verification Engineer 3||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||May 27, 2016||$139,448 -
|Design Verification Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Nov 06, 2016||$139,448|
|Senior Design Verification Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jun 25, 2016||$139,392|
|Asic Design Verification Engineer III||Aricent N.A.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$139,000|
|Asic Design Verification Engineer III||Aricent N.A.||San Jose, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$139,000|
|Staff Design Verification Engineer/Asic Coherency||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||Austin, TX||Jun 30, 2016||$137,884 -
|Design & Verification Engineer||Artech Information Systems LLC||Raleigh, NC||Jun 29, 2015||$114,400|
|Design Verification Engineer||Artech Information Systems LLC||Raleigh, NC||Jun 29, 2015||$114,400|
|Design Verification ENG||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||May 13, 2015||$113,850 -
|Design Verification Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Dec 10, 2015||$113,000 -
|Design Verification Engineer||Micron Technology, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Jul 13, 2015||$113,000|
|Staff Design Verification Engineer||Analog Devices Inc.||Greensboro, NC||May 20, 2016||$112,549 -
|Design Verification Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 15, 2015||$112,044|
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