Computer Engineering

Computer engineering is working with the hardware and software aspects of systems design and development. Computer engineering generally applies theories and principles of science and mathematics to the design of hardware, software, networks, and processes to solve technical problems.*

Sample Occupations

  • Specialization Areas
  • Information Protection
  • Computer Vision & Robotics
  • Circuit Design
  • Bioinformatics
  • Communications & Wireless
  • Networks
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Hardware Specialist
  • Programmer
  • CAD/CAE Technician
  • Test Engineer
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Quality Controller
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Application Engineer
  • Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Engineer
  • IT/Network Analyst
  • Application Engineer

Types of Employers

  • Utility Companies
  • Electronics Manufacturers
  • Research Centers
  • Depts. of Defense, Energy
  • FBI
  • Telecommunications Companies
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Financial Service Companies

Preparing for your career in

Computer Engineering: Build teamwork skills by seeking opportunities to participate in group projects, learn to communicate well with people of differing backgrounds, develop strong attention to detail, analytical skills, and the ability to persevere through long projects, seek experience through internships, co-ops, or research, pursue design projects and lab experience, join a professional organization to learn more about the field and network

How do I know if its right for me?

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