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Become A Senior Hardware Engineer

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Working As A Senior Hardware Engineer

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

  • $96,068

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Hardware Engineer Do

A Senior Hardware Engineer is responsible for designing computer hardware. They define and coordinate corrective action changes, as well as provide technical support to team members.

How To Become A Senior Hardware 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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Real Senior Hardware Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Hardware Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Mar 23, 2015 $200,000
Senior Hardware Engineer Osterhout Design Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 30, 2016 $189,000
Senior Hardware Engineer Imagintation Technologies, LLC Santa Clara, CA May 16, 2016 $170,000
Senior Hardware Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Sep 19, 2016 $169,749
Senior Staff Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 10, 2016 $169,104
Senior Staff Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 09, 2016 $169,104
Senior Staff Hardware Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 18, 2016 $168,300
SR. Staff Hardware Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 29, 2015 $165,000
Senior Hardware Engineer (Senior Optical Engineer) Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 15, 2016 $164,000 -
$184,000
Senior Staff Digital Hardware Design Engineer/Timing Analysis Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Austin, TX Oct 17, 2016 $163,863 -
$190,400
Senior Staff Hardware Engineer/Asic Design Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 20, 2015 $160,264 -
$184,300
Senior Staff Hardware Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 12, 2016 $160,000
Senior Hardware Engineer Riverbed Technology Sunnyvale, CA Oct 21, 2016 $157,477
Senior Staff Hardware Engineer/Amba Protocols Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 30, 2015 $156,520 -
$188,200
Senior Hardware Engineer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 22, 2015 $108,946 -
$115,678
Senior Hardware Design Engineer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 09, 2015 $108,946 -
$120,000
Senior Hardware Design Engineer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 08, 2016 $108,900 -
$115,000
Senior Hardware Engineer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 28, 2016 $108,856 -
$119,680
Senior Hardware Engineer/Analog Circuits Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Raleigh, NC May 11, 2015 $108,847 -
$129,700
Senior Hardware Engineer/Rfic Design Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 12, 2015 $108,826 -
$129,700
Senior Hardware Engineer/Digital Design Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 17, 2015 $96,970 -
$129,700
Senior Firmware/Hardware Engineer Osram Sylvania Inc. Wilmington, MA Oct 01, 2015 $96,958
Senior Firmware/Hardware Engineer II Osram Sylvania Inc. Beverly, MA Oct 01, 2015 $96,957
SR. Hardware Engineer United Tote San Diego, CA Nov 19, 2015 $96,800
Senior Hardware Engineer/Verification Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Austin, TX Jan 27, 2016 $96,367 -
$129,700
Senior Hardware Engineer/Rfic Design Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 22, 2015 $96,325 -
$127,300
Senior Hardware Engineer/Physical Design Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 06, 2015 $96,304 -
$100,400
Senior Hardware Engineer/Digital Circuits Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 21, 2015 $96,242 -
$129,700

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Top Skills for A Senior Hardware Engineer

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Top Senior Hardware Engineer Skills

  1. PCB
  2. Board Layout
  3. Schematic
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Direct PCB services and support design, integration and test.
  • Designed several small boards doing both the schematic capture and the board layout.
  • Performed schematic capture and PCB layout of accepted design changes.
  • Traveled to Oregon to support design and management of Fast Ethernet extender and Gigabit Ethernet switch and extender.
  • Designed precision instrumentation signal sources and precision analog signal conditioning.

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