Aspiring computer engineers can earn bachelor's degrees in computer engineering or computer science. Diploma programs and certifications do not exist for this particular field. Most courses are taught through classroom lectures and computer labs.
Computer Hardware Engineering Programs
As with most 4-year universities, entrance into a computer engineering bachelor's degree program requires a high school diploma. Applicants will also be required to submit standardized test scores, either SAT or ACT, and should have strong high school grade point averages in the areas of mathematics and science. Computer hardware engineering coursework is math intensive. Common courses include:
- Digital logic
- Network operations
- PC Hardware support
- Digital circuits
- Basic organization of computer systems
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
Computer hardware engineers held fewer jobs in 2014 than other computer engineers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov). They held about 77,700 jobs and often were employed in the computer systems design industry, where they were responsible for developing hardware, such as keyboards and computer chips. According to the BLS, computer hardware engineers made a mean salary of $111,730 per year in 2015. The expected job growth rate for computer hardware engineers was expected to be about 3% during 2014-2024, which is slower than average.
Aspiring computer hardware engineers have a bachelor's degree program as an educational option. Courses that focus on hardware specifically teach students how to work with circuits, keyboards, modems, systems, printers and more.