Computer Engineering is a very
precise and semi-hard career to pursue.
Computer Engineering deals with the design of products for electronic
computation and communication. These people who pursue this career focus on the
creation and processing of electronic information. I chose this job because of
how much I enjoy playing on computers and looking into the hardware of
computers and figuring out what does what is pretty interesting. In this paper
I am going to talk about the work conditions, the career history, skills and
traits, education and training which includes colleges, and Employment.
Computer Engineers have many responsibilities.
They work in virtually all industries. They make and build computers for at
home or for work places. They also make new computer hardware format which
means that they make new stuff for computers that they can work on and so other
people that use them can work with. Some computer engineers revise and improve
software, like coding for the computer system. Their work environment can be at
schools, office buildings, hospitals, or even at home. Computer engineers
usually work with other computer engineers to combine thoughts and ideas.
Computer engineers obviously should have a high-tech computer of some sort to
work on to do work related things. They should have specialized computer
software to work on and high-tech electrical testing and repairing tools. A
typical day for a computer engineer is pretty self-explanatory, they test
computer systems and work on computers that need to be fixed with hardware
issues. Other things that they do are as follows, “Diagnose
and troubleshoot failed rotational media and solid state storage devices”,
“Analyze user needs and recommend appropriate hardware”, “Modify
hardware to either enable forensic analysis of the media or to change the functionality of the hardware
for other purposes”, “Participate in the
design and development of electronic circuits and assemblies”,
“Conduct technical exploitation and examination of high priority digital
media”, and “Test and peer review for technical accuracy, standards
and compliance to the design”. (McKay).
Those are all examples of what computer engineers can do or will do in a
day or in days to come. Also there is things that employees will expect from
you, they will expect strong customer focused attitude, strong sense of
responsibility, commitment to quality and achieving deadlines,
“Must be highly motivated, self-reliant and goal-driven to participate as
a member of a cross-functional team”, “Demonstrate critical attention
to detail and deadlines, and are self-motivated”, and the Willingness to
embrace new development techniques and design aids (Mckay).
Computer Engineering has changed so much over
the years. Computers really didn’t get popular until the late 1900’s because
that’s really when they were invented. As the years went on computers started
to advance so computer engineering started to advance as well seeing how new
things were getting added to computers so the engineers had to learn the new
things about computers. This job today is very complex seeing how advanced our
computers are today.
Computer engineers have to have a
decent amount of skills and traits to become one. They have to have critical
thinking, if you compare many solutions to problems it will allow you to solve
the best solution to the problem. Computer engineers have to be able to handle
reading a lot, they have to be able to read to keep up with current technology
and ways to solve problems with the computers. Communication skills is a huge
skill of becoming one of these, since computer engineers work in teams most of
the time, communication skills and listening skills are an essential to
becoming one. And finally, you have creativity. You should have this to come up
with ways to solve problems relating to the computers you are working with, and
designs for new builds of computers.
Education and training for this job
is quite simple. If you want to become one then you would need a bachelor’s
degree in computer engineering. Some jobs will let you in with a degree in
computer science since it’s basically the same degree. But most will require a
bachelor’s degree in computer engineering (McKay). After college you really
don’t have to take any course or anything before being hired, college gives you
basically everything you need to be ready. Most colleges offer this degree, or
there are schools dedicated to just technical engineering so you can get a
degree in that. Those schools work just like colleges.
Then we have employment, employment
is projected to rise 5% from 2016 to 2026 according to McKay (McKay). That is
about average for most occupations. “A limited number of engineers will be
needed to meet the demand for new computer hardware because more technological
innovation takes place with software than with hardware” (McKay from the
Bureau of Labor Statistics). Advancement in computer engineering employment
will increase only if computers advance themselves because if computers are
advancing you are going to need to employ more people to figure out and work on
these new parts of computers. The yearly wage for most Computer Engineers are
$115,000, and that’s about $55 an hour. That’s a good amount of money for only
a 4-year degree. Jobs are basically around all of the U.S, In Colorado they can
make up to $150,000 a year. It just depends on which state you live in, some
states make more than others. Also, which city you live in can be a huge part
of how much money you make a year. Some cities around New York make more money
than others and it’s a big difference. The number of jobs as of 2016 is $73,600
(McKay from the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Therefore, Computers Engineering can
be a decently hard job to pursue because of all the things they have to design,
work with, and fix new hardware that comes out on computers. They make a decent
amount of money for only being a 4-year degree. And the employment is growing
as the years go on. Computer Engineering a good job to pursue because of the
technology advancement that is moving up as the years go on and on. Computer
Engineers will have a lot of a harder job in the future because as fast as
hardware is moving up in computers, the harder the job is going to be.