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Working As A Hardware Engineering Internship

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Hardware Engineering Internship Do

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. These engineers discover new directions in computer hardware, which generate rapid advances in computer technology.

Duties

Computer hardware engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new computer hardware, creating schematics of computer equipment to be built
  • Test the completed models of the computer hardware they design
  • Analyze the test results and modify the design as needed
  • Update existing computer equipment so that it will work with new software
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for computer hardware
  • Maintain knowledge of computer engineering trends and new technology

Many hardware engineers design noncomputer devices that incorporate processors and other computer components and connect to the Internet. For example, many car parts have computer systems embedded in them. Computer hardware engineers also are designing a growing number of medical devices with a computer system and the ability to connect to the Internet.

Computer hardware engineers ensure that computer hardware components work together with the latest software. Therefore, hardware engineers often work with software developers. For example, the hardware and software for a mobile phone frequently are developed jointly. Hardware engineers also may perform some computer programming in a hardware description language (HDL), which describes the digital circuits in hardware. Using this language, computer hardware engineers can simulate how the hardware design would work, test for errors, and then fix the design.

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How To Become A Hardware Engineering Internship

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.

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Hardware Engineering Internship Career Paths

Hardware Engineering Internship
Electrical Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Contracting Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Hardware Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Project Mechanical Engineer Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Director
Engineering And Operations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Hardware Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Engineer
Lead Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Researcher Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Hardware Design Engineer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Researcher Instructor Senior Technician Specialist
Senior Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Hardware Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Hardware Design Engineer Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Hardware Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Technologist
Senior Engineering Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Hardware Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Hardware Engineering Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

69.3%

Female

17.4%

Unknown

13.2%
Ethnicity

White

49.4%

Asian

36.3%

Hispanic or Latino

7.6%

Unknown

5.8%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.3%

French

12.2%

Chinese

9.8%

German

9.8%

Mandarin

9.8%

Gujarati

4.9%

Hindi

4.9%

Portuguese

2.4%

Dutch

2.4%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Russian

2.4%
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Hardware Engineering Internship Education

Schools

San Jose State University

16.9%

University of California - San Diego

8.4%

University of Southern California

7.8%

Santa Clara University

5.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of California - Irvine

4.2%

Portland State University

4.2%

Washington State University

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

Florida International University

3.6%

Purdue University

3.6%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

3.0%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.0%

University of California - Santa Barbara

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

48.1%

Computer Engineering

22.0%

Computer Science

5.6%

Mechanical Engineering

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Business

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Networking

1.4%

Information Technology

1.2%

Information Systems

1.2%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

Biomedical Engineering

1.0%

Aerospace Engineering

1.0%

Finance

0.8%

Physics

0.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.8%

Computer Engineering Technology

0.8%

Information Sciences

0.6%

Industrial Engineering

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.7%

Masters

43.1%

Other

5.4%

Doctorate

2.8%

Associate

1.3%

Certificate

0.7%
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Top Skills for A Hardware Engineering Internship

PCBLabFpgaSchematicCADAnalogSPICircuitBoardsVerilogHDLPerlXilinxISELabviewRFPCPythonCadenceOscilloscopeTroubleshootLinuxI2C

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Top Hardware Engineering Internship Skills

  1. PCB
  2. Lab
  3. Fpga
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed strong PCB rework skills preparing motherboards for voltage and current data acquisition
  • Collaborated with three other interns to accelerate a satellite communications link.
  • Used high bandwidth digital oscilloscope to measure signal integrity on FPGAs chips and bus lines latency.
  • Tested defective modules by running bench tests and analyzing schematics.
  • Designed PCB boards using Cadasoft Eagle software.

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