Computer Hardware Engineers

Computer Hardware Engineers

From motherboards to monitors and mice, every day you use the tools designed and developed by computer hardware engineers.

The Work

Personal computers may have different manufacturers, dimensions, and purposes, but they all share similar hardware -- circuit boards, power supply, CD or DVD drivers, hard disks, video cards, and more.

Computer hardware engineers research, design, and develop this computer hardware to expand computer storage and speed. Similar to electronics engineers, computer hardware engineers design and test electrical circuitry -- but only for use in computers and related equipement (like printers or routers). They also oversee the manufacture and installation of these physical components.

Training & Education

A bachelor's degree in computer engineering or electronics engineering is often required for work as a computer hardware engineer. A graduate degree is sometimes necessary for more complex products or services, or to advance to management.

Most computer engineering programs involve not only courses in engeineering, but also an emphasis on math and the physical and life sciences. Many programs also include courses in general engineering. A design course, sometimes accompanied by a computer or laboratory class or both, is part of the curriculum of most programs.

Continuing education can be helpful for computer engineers after graduation, as new components and products arrive on the scene.

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