Computer Hardware Engineer

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Quick Facts: Computer Hardware Engineers

2012 Median Pay$100,920 per year
$48.52 per hour

Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related OccupationNone

On-the-job TrainingNone

Number of Jobs, 201283,300

Job Outlook, 2012-227% (Slower than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22

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What do Computer Hardware Engineers do

What Computer Hardware Engineers DoAbout this section

These engineers help create large server farms which are used to store huge amounts of data.

Computer hardware engineers 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.


Computer hardware engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new computer hardware, creating blueprints of computer equipment to be built
  • Test the completed models of the computer hardware they design
  • Analyze the test results and modify the design as needed
  • Update existing computer equipment so that it will work with new software
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for computer hardware
  • Maintain knowledge of computer engineering trends and new technology

Many hardware engineers design noncomputer devices that incorporate processors and other computer components and connect to the Internet. For example, there are many car parts with computer systems embedded in them. A growing number of medical devices are also designed by computer hardware engineers with a computer system and the ability to connect to the Internet.

Computer hardware engineers ensure that computer hardware components work together with the latest software developments. Therefore, hardware engineers sometimes work with software developers. For example, the hardware and software for a mobile phone are often jointly developed. Hardware engineers may also perform some basic computer programming and test computer code.

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Why I want to be a computer Hardware Engineer

I want got be a Computer Hardware Engineer because all my life I loved computers and I always studies parts. Also, I'm what you call technologically active and i usually help my parents will the cable box and fixing my dad's computer. So,the reason why I love this job is I'm good at it and I enjoy it at the same time