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|
|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 -
|Senior Staff Digital Hardware Design Engineer/Timing Analysis||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 17, 2016||$163,863 -
|Senior Staff Hardware Engineer/Asic Design||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Feb 20, 2015||$160,264 -
|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 -
|Senior Hardware Engineer||Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 22, 2015||$108,946 -
|Senior Hardware Design Engineer||Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 09, 2015||$108,946 -
|Senior Hardware Design Engineer||Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 08, 2016||$108,900 -
|Senior Hardware Engineer||Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 28, 2016||$108,856 -
|Senior Hardware Engineer/Analog Circuits||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||Raleigh, NC||May 11, 2015||$108,847 -
|Senior Hardware Engineer/Rfic Design||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Mar 12, 2015||$108,826 -
|Senior Hardware Engineer/Digital Design||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Apr 17, 2015||$96,970 -
|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 -
|Senior Hardware Engineer/Rfic Design||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Apr 22, 2015||$96,325 -
|Senior Hardware Engineer/Physical Design||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Mar 06, 2015||$96,304 -
|Senior Hardware Engineer/Digital Circuits||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Apr 21, 2015||$96,242 -
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