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Working As A Hardware Test Engineer

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

  • $102,087

    Average Salary

What Does A Hardware Test Engineer 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 Test Engineer

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 Test Engineer Career Paths

Hardware Test Engineer
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Test Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Design Verification Engineer Senior Test Engineer Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Verification Engineer Senior Design Engineer Senior Hardware Engineer
Lead Hardware Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Field Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Design Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
System Test Engineer Engineer Contracting Engineer
Senior Electronic Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
System Test Engineer System Design Engineer Hardware Design Engineer
Senior Electronics Design Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Specialist
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Engineer Senior Applications Engineer Senior Engineer
Senior Hardware Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Engineer Staff Engineer Vice President Of Engineering
Senior Vice President, Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Project Engineer Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Test Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Hardware Engineer 3.2 years
Test Engineer 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.2%
Engineer 3.6%
Internship 3.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.1%
Engineer 3.3%

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Hardware Test Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.8%

Female

9.6%

Unknown

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

49.4%

Asian

24.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

7.6%

Unknown

6.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

20.7%

Mandarin

20.7%

Spanish

17.2%

Russian

10.3%

Cantonese

10.3%

Portuguese

6.9%

German

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Persian

3.4%

Carrier

3.4%
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Hardware Test Engineer Education

Schools

University of Washington

11.0%

San Jose State University

9.8%

Northeastern University

7.3%

Purdue University

7.3%

North Carolina State University

6.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.1%

Wake Technical Community College

6.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.7%

University of California - San Diego

3.7%

University of California - Davis

3.7%

Edmonds Community College

3.7%

University of Phoenix

3.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.7%

California State University - Long Beach

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%

Santa Clara University

3.7%

Portland State University

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.4%

University of Houston

2.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

46.6%

Computer Science

13.6%

Computer Engineering

8.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Business

3.6%

Biomedical Engineering

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Political Science

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Information Technology

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.1%

Physics

1.1%

Engineering

1.1%

Digital Media

1.1%

Information Systems

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Graphic Design

1.1%

Accounting

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.7%

Masters

22.1%

Other

14.2%

Associate

8.5%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

2.7%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real Hardware Test Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2014 $193,700
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 29, 2016 $152,131
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 16, 2015 $152,000
Hardware Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 28, 2016 $149,068
Hardware Test Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jun 30, 2016 $146,459
Hardware Test and Validation Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 23, 2014 $145,000
Hardware Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 26, 2014 $145,000
Hardware Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 16, 2015 $138,000
Hardware Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 22, 2013 $138,000
Wifi Hardware Test Engineer EERO Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 27, 2016 $135,000 -
$150,000
Hardware Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 28, 2013 $135,000
Hardware Test Engineer EERO Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 16, 2016 $132,912 -
$145,000
Hardware Testing Engineer Google, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 14, 2015 $115,000
Hardware Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 18, 2013 $115,000
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 18, 2013 $115,000
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 13, 2016 $115,000
Hardware Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 23, 2015 $113,300
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 30, 2016 $112,500
Senior Hardware Test Engineer/Windows Driver Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 23, 2016 $112,487 -
$124,200
Staff Hardware Test Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2015 $110,448 -
$146,000
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 14, 2014 $95,221
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 05, 2014 $95,000
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 20, 2016 $94,300
Hardware Test Engineer (Signal Integrity Testing) Beyondsoft Consulting Inc. Redmond, WA Jan 09, 2016 $93,600
Hardware Test Engineer and Software Development Aluratek Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 10, 2015 $92,102
Hardware Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 07, 2015 $92,000
Hardware Testing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 26, 2014 $92,000
Hardware Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 15, 2015 $92,000

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Top Skills for A Hardware Test Engineer

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Lab
  3. Firmware
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  • Develop mechanical test plans and verify design meets mechanical specifications.
  • Developed Automated Functional Testing environment deployed at contract manufacturer based on LabVIEW/TestStand with data capture and import into Microsoft Access database.
  • Release high-speed Fibre-Channel and Ethernet adapter firmware to internal teams and into customer facing environment.
  • Design, development and execution of all phases of development testing on an Android/Linux based wireless telephone for business jet use.
  • Defined requirements and procurement specifications for automated test equipment.

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