Computer Hardware Engineer

By: Josiah Morris

What does a computer hardware engineer do?

Computer hardware engineers analyze, design and improve complex computer systems. They use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing technology in order to design new technology. They identify complex problems in computer hardware, develop solutions, and figure out the best way to implement them. Computer hardware engineers ensure that computer hardware components work together with the latest software developments. Therefore, they sometimes work with software developers.


Starting Salary: $64,620

Experienced Salary: $104,250

Senior Salary: $130,060

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Bachelor's Degree in one of the following fields:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
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Computer hardware engineers usually work in research laboratories that build and test various types of computer models. Most work in high-tech manufacturing firms. Some work in computer systems design firms, research and development firms, or for the federal government. More than 95 percent of computer hardware engineers work in metropolitan areas.