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Average Wages

Computer Hardware Engineers

$115,120/yr

Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: good for the next 12-18 months

Job Description

Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

 

Also known as:
Systems Engineer, Systems Integration Engineer, Design Engineer, Field Service Engineer, Senior Hardware Engineer, Engineer, Project Engineer, Network Engineer, Hardware Engineer, Hardware Design Engineer

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Update technical knowledge.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Create physical models or prototypes.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Determine operational criteria or specifications.

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  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
  • Select project materials.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards.
  • Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Analyze design requirements for computer or electronics systems.
  • Advise customers on the use of products or services.
  • Assemble equipment or components.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.

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Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.
  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers.

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  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Science – Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

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Projected Employment Numbers

Canada


7,360
2016 Employment

7,760
2026 Employment

6%
Percent change

510
Annual projected job openings

What Experience and Education do you Require?

Individuals in this field typically have:

  1.  Bachelor’s degree
  2.  No work experience
  3.  No on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology – Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design – Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Physics – Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Successful people in this career have ...

  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.

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  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.
  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.
  • Speech Recognition – Recognizing spoken words.
  • Speech Clarity – Speaking clearly.

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