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COMPUTER HARDWARE

ENGINEERING
BY: ARTHUR JONES & MELISSA PERKINS

WHAT DO THEY DO?

• Computer software engineers apply the principles and techniques of computer science,
engineering, and mathematical analysis to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of
the software and the systems that enable computers to perform their many applications.
research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors,
circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. By creating new directions in
computer hardware, these engineers create rapid advances in computer technology.

THE ENVIRONMENT

• Computer hardware engineers held about 83,300 jobs in 2012. The industries that employed
the largest number of computer hardware engineers in 2012. Computer hardware engineers
usually work in research laboratories that build and test various types of computer models.
Most work in high-tech manufacturing firms.

SIGNIFICANT POINTS

• Computer Engineers are usually are one the fastest occupations since 2008
• The Engineers have to continue to strive to acquire the new skills with the rapid
changes in technology, they also design, develop, and test computer systems and
components with processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, etc.
• The median annual wage for computer hardware engineers is $100,920 by May
2012

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED FOR THIS JOB
• Most computer hardware engineers need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited computer engineering
program.
• Analytical skills. Computer hardware engineers analyze complex equipment to determine the best way to
improve it.
• 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.

EMPLOYMENT

• The skills you specifically need in order to become employed as a Computer
Hardware Engineering, you need to have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited
computer engineering program. Another acceptable degree to land a career in
Computer Hardware Engineering is electrical engineering or computer science.
• The jobs that employ Computer Hardware Engineers are Insight Enterprises Inc.,
Solid Systems CAD Services, etc.

JOB OUTLOOK
• Employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to
2022, slower than the average for all occupations. A limited number of engineers will be
needed to meet the demand for new computer hardware because more innovation takes place
with software than with hardware. Although declining employment in the manufacturing
industries that employ many of these workers will negatively affect the growth of this
occupation, computer hardware engineers should be less affected than production occupations
because firms are less likely to outsource their type of work.
• An increase in hardware startup firms and the increase in devices with computer chips
embedded in them such as household appliances, medical devices, or automobiles may lead to
some job growth for computer hardware engineers.

EARNINGS AND WAGES

• The median annual wage for computer hardware engineers was $100,920 in May 2012. The
median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that
amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $63,970, and the top 10
percent earned more than $150,130.

SUMMARY

• Computer Hardware Engineers are responsible for the hardware configuration of a
computer. They also update systems and components, layouts, and designs.
They're also able to provide more knowledge in the computer world. As for this
being my career, I prefer not to have this as my career, I'm more interested in
working with paper and artwork than technology and engineering

THANK YOU