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Computer Hardware Engineers - Requirements in the Field

written by: Senadheera Jayakody•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 12/16/2010

There is an ever increasing appetite for the field of computing among today’s young generation. Many of them are interested in becoming professionals related to computer science and technology. Becoming a computer hardware engineer is one of the dreams for many of them.

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    Who are “Computer Hardware Engineers”?

    Functions of a Computer Hardware Engineers Computer hardware engineers are involved in designing, developing, testing, and researching computer hardware. Supervising and installation of computer hardware is also a responsibility. They are smaller in number compared to the number of people involved in computer applications, software development, and other related professions. However, there is intense competition for jobs because the number of degrees granted in this field has increased rapidly in recent years. Therefore computer hardware engineers should be skilled professionals to grab the best employment opportunities.

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    Knowledge Requirements for Computer Hardware Engineers

    The minimum requirement for a computer hardware engineer is a bachelor’s degree. He or she must have a good knowledge of computer hardware and software. They should know about specifics such as processors, chips, applications and programming. Knowledge of mathematics including arithmetic, algebra, statistics, calculus, and geometry is very important for computer hardware engineers. Excellent knowledge in engineering disciplines such as designing, applying principles, and practical applications are also essential to be successful as a computer hardware engineer.

    They should have some knowledge and experience in management and administration too. Business management principles such as strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership, and coordination of people and resources are among the responsibilities of a computer hardware engineer. Other requirements for a successful computer hardware engineer include knowledge in clerical procedures and fluency in languages, especially in English.

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    Skill Requirements for Computer Hardware Engineers

    Inside and Rear of Webserver Computer hardware engineers mainly deal with tasks such as troubleshooting, analyzing, and planning. So they must be capable of analyzing problems, determining the causes and providing solutions to overcome issues. In this process they have to work closely with their junior officials and workers. So they must be able to listen to them, speak and understand. Active listening, giving full attention, and reading comprehension are fundamental skills of a computer hardware engineer. Other skill requirements for a computer hardware engineer include programming skills, scientific skills, and critical thinking.

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    Ability Requirements for Computer Hardware Engineer

    One critical requirement for any engineer is written comprehension. He or she must be able to read and understand details and information clearly and present them in a professional manner. Presentation skills are also very important for computer hardware engineers. They frequently have to present various problems and related information to appropriate people in a constructive tone. Another capacity of a computer hardware engineer is the inductive reasoning or the ability to form a conclusion analyzing data and information. A computer hardware engineer has to face a number of unusual issues in a production environment so he or she must be capable of predicting possible problems or variations. It is very important to prevent or minimize the possible issues by recognizing them earlier.

    Computer hardware engineering is a challenging field that is rapidly advancing today and the requirements are also becoming more and more complex. Therefore to be a successful professional in this field it is vital to have an ever increasing desire to find and gather skills and knowledge that fits the profession.