Computer Hardware Engineers
SOC: 17-2061.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
77,700 employed

Projected (2024):
80,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Automation Engineer
  • Computer Architect
  • Computer Designer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Hardware Designer
  • Computer Hardware Developer
  • Computer Installation Engineer
  • Computer Tester
  • Configuration Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Hardware Design Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Information Technology Consultant (IT Consultant)
  • Microchip Specialist
  • Network Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Senior Hardware Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Integration Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Update knowledge and skills to keep up with rapid advancements in computer technology.
  • Provide technical support to designers, marketing and sales departments, suppliers, engineers and other team members throughout the product development and implementation process.
  • Test and verify hardware and support peripherals to ensure that they meet specifications and requirements, by recording and analyzing test data.
  • Monitor functioning of equipment and make necessary modifications to ensure system operates in conformance with specifications.
  • Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan layout, including type of computers and peripheral equipment modifications.
  • Build, test, and modify product prototypes using working models or theoretical models constructed with computer simulation.
  • Analyze user needs and recommend appropriate hardware.
  • Direct technicians, engineering designers or other technical support personnel as needed.
  • Confer with engineering staff and consult specifications to evaluate interface between hardware and software and operational and performance requirements of overall system.
  • Select hardware and material, assuring compliance with specifications and product requirements.
  • Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
  • Write detailed functional specifications that document the hardware development process and support hardware introduction.
  • Specify power supply requirements and configuration, drawing on system performance expectations and design specifications.
  • Provide training and support to system designers and users.
  • Assemble and modify existing pieces of equipment to meet special needs.
  • Evaluate factors such as reporting formats required, cost constraints, and need for security restrictions to determine hardware configuration.
  • Design and develop computer hardware and support peripherals, including central processing units (CPUs), support logic, microprocessors, custom integrated circuits, and printers and disk drives.
  • Recommend purchase of equipment to control dust, temperature, and humidity in area of system installation.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Alternating current AC power analyzers
  • Alternating current AC power sources
  • Bit error rate testers BERT
  • Circuit memory testers
  • Circuit testers
  • Color plotters
  • Communications analyzers
  • Communications signal analyzers
  • Computer scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital analysis systems DAS
  • Direct current DC power supplies
  • Dynamic signal analyzers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Frequency counters
  • Function generators
  • Impedance analyzers
  • Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters
  • Inspection scopes
  • Isolators
  • Laptop computers
  • Logic analyzers
  • Logic probes
  • Mainframe computers
  • Multimeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Pattern generators
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Power sensors
  • Probe card devices
  • Probe stations
  • Protocol analyzers
  • Protocol exercisers
  • Pulse generators
  • Resistance meters
  • Sampling oscilloscopes
  • Signal generators
  • Signal source analyzers
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Thermal chambers
  • Traffic generators
  • Universal source generators
  • Voltage sensors
  • Waveform generators
  • Allegro software
  • Application-specific integrated circuit ASIC logic synthesis software
  • ASSET JTAG ScanWorks
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Automatic test program generation ATPG software
  • Block diagram software
  • Boundary scan description language BSDL
  • Boundary scan insertion software
  • Built-in self-test BIST debugging software
  • C
  • C++
  • Cadence Concept
  • Cadence Dracula
  • Cadence Encounter RTL Compiler
  • Cadence Opus
  • Cadence OrCAD
  • Cadence PSpice
  • Cadence Schematic Composer
  • Cadence Virtuoso software
  • Cadence Virtuoso Spectre Circuit Simulator
  • Cisco Systems IOS
  • Complementary-symmetry/metal-oxide semiconductor CMOS layout software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer diagnostic software
  • Computer simulation software
  • Data acquisition systems
  • Database software
  • Design-for-testability DFT insertion software
  • Discrete Fourier transform DFT analysis software
  • Electronic design automation EDA software
  • Failure analysis software
  • Fast Fourier transform FFT analysis software
  • Field programmable gate array FPGA logic synthesis software
  • Freescale CodeWarrior Tools
  • Hardware description and verification language
  • Hardware description language HDL
  • Integrated circuit simulation software
  • Internet search engine software
  • Joint test action group JTAG software
  • Linux
  • Logic synthesis software
  • LogicVision icBIST
  • M-Sim
  • MAGIC
  • Magma Design Automation Blast Create
  • Magma Design Automation Blast FPGA
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Mentor Graphics BSDArchitect
  • Mentor Graphics Calibre
  • Mentor Graphics LeonardoSpectrum
  • Mentor Graphics Precision RTL
  • Mentor Graphics Xpedition xDX Designer
  • Microarchitecture simulation software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual C# .NET
  • Monte Carlo software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Oracle Java
  • PARTHENON
  • Place-and-route software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Project management software
  • Python
  • Register transfer language RTL
  • SAS software
  • Schematic editors
  • Shell script
  • Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis SPICE
  • SKILL
  • SoftICE
  • Spreadsheet software
  • State diagram software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Synopsys Design Compiler
  • Synopsys Hercules
  • Synopsys HSIM
  • Synopsys HSPICE
  • Synopsys TetraMax ATPG
  • Synplicity Synplify
  • SystemVerilog
  • The Mathworks Control System Toolbox
  • The Mathworks Data Acquisition Toolbox
  • The Mathworks Embedded Target software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The MathWorks Real-Time Workshop
  • The MathWorks Signal Processing Toolbox
  • The MathWorks Simulink
  • The MathWorks Simulink DSP Blockset
  • The MathWorks Simulink Fixed-Point Blockset
  • The MathWorks Symbolic Math Toolbox
  • The MathWorks Wavelet Toolbox
  • Timing analysis software
  • Tool command language Tcl
  • UNIX
  • Verification software
  • Verilog
  • Very high-speed integrated circuit VHSIC hardware description language VHDL
  • Web browser software
  • Windows kernel debuggers
  • Word processing software
  • Xilinx ISE Foundation
  • Xilinx ModelSim
  • Xilinx Synthesis Technology XST


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980