A computer engineer tests computer components and systems by developing and designing memory devices, processors, circuit boards and networks. They make computers more mobile or incorporate computers in other areas, such as, machines or building materials. They solve issues that occur in computer hardware and aid in the advancement of computer technology.
How to become a Computer Engineer
A computer engineer usually needs a bachelor's degree in an accredited program. A lot of work-related skill is needed with knowledge or experience of a related field. In addition a vocational school and/or on-the-job training is recommended.
Job Description of a Computer Engineer
A computer engineer uses models, (working or theoretical) that are constructed with computer simulation to test, build and modify product protypes. They develop and design support peripherals and computer hardware, microprocessors, custom integrated circuits or disk drives. They document, in detail, functional specifications in the hardware development process. They draw or design system performance by specifying power supply requirements and/or configurations.
A computer engineer monitors the functioning of equipment to an operating system and makes any adjustments or modifications necessary to meet with the conformance with specifications. They remain up-to-date on current advances in computer technology and apply any new knowledge to the job. He or she may also oversee installation and manufacturing of computer-related equipment. They have knowledge of computers and electronics, technology and engineering, design, mathematics and physics.
They are skilled at complex problem solving, speaking effectively to others, active listening, decision making and operation analysis, among other abilities. They communicate information to supervisors, subordinates or others in a clear manner, either by phone, in person or through email. They contribute artistic creativity and ideas that assist in the development or design of a project.
Many computer engineers work in research labs and this career tests and builds computer models. These firms are mostly high-tech manufacturing offices and/or labs.