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Computer Engineering Overview - Preparation - Specialties - Day In The Life - Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations - Profiles of Computer Engineers - PowerPoint - Podcast


Computer engineers (or computer hardware engineers) research, design, develop, test, and oversee the manufacture and installation of computer hardware, including computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and related equipment such as keyboards, routers, and printers. This field should not be confused with computer software engineers, who design and develop the software systems that control computers.

The work of computer hardware engineers is similar to that of electronics engineers in that they may design and test circuits and other electronic components; however, computer hardware engineers do that work only as it relates to computers and computer-related equipment. The rapid advances in computer technology are largely a result of the research, development, and design efforts of these engineers.

They work on the design, planning, development, testing, and even the supervision of manufacturing of computer hardware -- including everything from chips to device controllers.  They also focus on computer networks for the transmission of data and multimedia.

They work on the interface between different pieces of hardware and strive to provide new capabilities to existing and new systems or products. The work of a computer engineer is grounded in the hardware -- from circuits to architecture -- but also focuses on operating systems and software. Computer engineers must understand logic design, microprocessor system design, computer architecture, computer interfacing, and continually focus on system requirements and design.

It is primarily software engineers who focus on creating the software systems used by individuals and businesses, but computer engineers may also design and develop some software applications.  

Computer Engineering Resources

Online

Profiles of Computer Engineers:
Interviews of Professionals
Overview:
Overview of Computer Engineering
Preparation:
Admission Requirements, Alternate Degree Paths, Graduate Programs, Accredited Programs
Specialty Areas:
Special Areas of Study
Day in the Life:
Teams and Coworkers, Tasks, the Workplace
Earnings:
Employer Options, Salary Ranges, Types of Employers
Employment:
Statistics, Industries, Employers
Career Path Forecast:
Predictions
Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support
Podcast:
Overview of the field of Computer Engineering
Internet Resources:
Association for Computing Machinery
IEEE Computer Society

IEEE Computer Society's History of Computing

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 


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