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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|
|Senior Staff Design Engineer||Xilinx, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 29, 2016||$182,000|
|Senior Staff Design Engineer||HBO Service Corporation||Seattle, WA||Nov 21, 2016||$180,000 -
|Senior Staff Design Engineer||Xilinx, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 12, 2016||$180,000|
|Senior Staff Design Engineer||Home Box Office, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Jul 18, 2016||$180,000 -
|Senior Staff Design Verificatoin Engineer||Futurewei Technologies, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 03, 2016||$180,000|
|Staff Asic Design Dengineer||SK Hynix Memory Solutions Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$168,000|
|Senior Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Digital Design||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$165,776 -
|Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Synthesis||Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 08, 2016||$165,215 -
|SR. Staff Soc/Rtl Design ENG. *||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$160,015 -
|Principal Member of Technical Staff (Pmts) Design Engineer||Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 01, 2015||$160,000 -
|Senior Staff IC Design Engineer||Invensense, Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 31, 2016||$160,000|
|Member Technical Staff Design Engineer||Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$160,000|
|Staff Designer, User Interface Engineer||Samsung Research America, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 30, 2015||$157,500|
|Staff Design Engineer||Etopus Technology Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Mar 01, 2015||$156,525|
|Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Digital Design DFT||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 12, 2016||$134,722 -
|Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Physical Design||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Oct 24, 2016||$134,576 -
|Staff Soc/Rtl Design Engineer/Digital Circuits||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 23, 2016||$133,453 -
|Staff Design Engineer (Timing)||Silicon Laboratories Inc.||Austin, TX||Apr 17, 2016||$133,272 -
|Staff Design Engineer||Xilinx, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 22, 2016||$132,868|
|Staff Design Engineer||Arm, Inc.||Austin, TX||Mar 30, 2015||$132,500|
|Staff Physical Design Engineer||Ikanos Communications, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jun 05, 2015||$132,122 -
|Staff Design Engineer||Applied Micro Circuits Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$132,000|
|Engineer, Staff II-IC Design||Broadcom Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 20, 2016||$117,000|
|Staff Design Engineer||Intersil Communications LLC, An Intersil Corporation Company||Austin, TX||Feb 09, 2015||$116,667 -
|Staff Design Engineer||Intersil Communications LLC, An Intersil Corporation Company||Austin, TX||Jul 09, 2015||$116,667 -
|Staff Design Engineer||Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 20, 2016||$116,471 -
|Staff Design Engineer||Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 08, 2016||$115,972|
|Engineer, Staff Asic Design||Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 08, 2016||$115,236 -
|Staff Design Engineer||Encore Semi LLC||San Diego, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$115,000|
|Engineer, Staff II-IC Design||Broadcom Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 19, 2016||$115,000|
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