Computer Hardware Engineers


Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.
Also called: Design Engineer, Engineer, Hardware Engineer, Systems Engineer

Knowledge:

    Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
    Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
    Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Innovation

Technology:

    Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
    Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Cadence Virtuoso Layout Suite
    Development environment software
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • National Instruments LabVIEW

Education:

    bachelor's degree
    master's degree
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