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Working As A Manager, Hardware Engineering

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

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager, Hardware Engineering 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 Manager, Hardware Engineering

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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Average Yearly Salary
$105,000
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$73,000
Min 10%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
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$105,000
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$105,000
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$105,000
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$105,000
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$149,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Manager, Hardware Engineering make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manager, Hardware Engineering in the United States is $105,276 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $74,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $149,000.

Real Manager, Hardware Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Manager, Hardware Engineering Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 08, 2015 $191,000
Hardware Engineering Manager Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 10, 2015 $180,000
Manager Senior Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 30, 2014 $177,125 -
$233,178
Manager Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 09, 2016 $171,257 -
$209,800
Hardware Engineering Manager Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 09, 2015 $171,150 -
$185,000
Manager, Hardware Design Verification Engineering Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Jun 26, 2014 $169,473
SR Manager, Hardware Development Engineering Broadcom Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Sep 26, 2013 $169,000
Manager Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 18, 2016 $167,743 -
$202,846
Manager Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 02, 2015 $164,942 -
$176,432
Principal Manager Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 28, 2014 $160,867 -
$215,800
Manager Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 14, 2014 $159,191 -
$197,830
Manager Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 14, 2014 $159,181 -
$197,830
Manager Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 04, 2013 $157,664 -
$180,000
Manager Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 15, 2014 $154,107 -
$185,161
Principal/Manager Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA May 01, 2013 $138,600 -
$208,000
Manager Section Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Mar 02, 2015 $134,756 -
$165,241
Manager Section Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Mar 05, 2013 $134,240 -
$160,000
Staff Hardware Engineer/Manager Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 14, 2015 $132,746 -
$189,800
Senior Staff/Manager of Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Aug 17, 2009 $131,082 -
$174,930
Senior Staff/Manager Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 08, 2016 $130,700 -
$196,100
3D Hardware Engineering Manager Canfield Scientific, Inc. Fairfield, NJ Nov 01, 2010 $130,000
Senior Staff/Manager Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 21, 2015 $124,966 -
$187,200
Staff/Manager Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 13, 2015 $124,966 -
$164,500
Senior Staff/Manager Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2014 $124,800 -
$187,200
Senior Staff/Manager Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 11, 2014 $122,800 -
$184,200
Senior Staff/Manager Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Aug 17, 2012 $120,720 -
$181,080
Manager Hardware Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 16, 2009 $120,650
Hardware Engineering Manager Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 10, 2014 $120,286 -
$148,000

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Top Skills for A Manager, Hardware Engineering

  1. PCB
  2. Hardware Engineering
  3. New Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted schematic reviews of customer PCB and made recommendations based on experience and simulated results.
  • Trained and guided the hardware engineering team through DO-254 design practices.
  • Project management for new product development and for sustaining efforts.
  • Managed technically diverse group of hardware/FPGA design/test engineers, mechanical designers, and technicians.
  • Cross function communication, multitasking project management and high-volume production transition (including facilitating and communication with China production lines).

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  2. California
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  4. Maryland
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Manager, Hardware Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

82.4%

Unknown

9.4%

Female

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

52.2%

Asian

17.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Korean

21.4%

Spanish

14.3%

Japanese

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

Swedish

7.1%

Chinese

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Hebrew

7.1%

Russian

7.1%
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Manager, Hardware Engineering Education

Schools

Santa Clara University

7.4%

University of California - Berkeley

7.4%

Drexel University

5.9%

Case Western Reserve University

5.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.9%

Johns Hopkins University

5.9%

University of Southern California

5.9%

Purdue University

5.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.9%

Auburn University

5.9%

San Jose State University

4.4%

University of Phoenix

4.4%

Michigan State University

4.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.4%

Cornell University

4.4%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

4.4%

University of Connecticut

2.9%

North Carolina State University

2.9%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

46.0%

Business

9.8%

Computer Engineering

6.8%

Mechanical Engineering

6.0%

Management

4.7%

Engineering

4.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Computer Science

3.0%

Physics

3.0%

Project Management

2.1%

Finance

1.7%

Systems Engineering

1.3%

Music

1.3%

Aerospace Engineering

1.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Marketing

0.9%

Elementary Education

0.9%

Education

0.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.9%

Graphic Design

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Masters

35.2%

Other

13.4%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.7%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

0.4%
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