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.
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.
People in this career often have these skills:
Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
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.
English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.
Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.