Once someone decides their interests lie in becoming one
of the computer hardware professionals,
the people who create the tangible parts of the computer. You know the
things that you can
hold in your
hand. It’s then time to explore what you have to do to elevate yourself
to the educational level necessary to acquire a position as a computer
There are many computer engineering careers to visit; the design and
building of computer chips (semiconductors) and other electronic chips
(IC’s), from the design and building of power supplies, to the
building of printers and keyboards, etc. Also, each of the components
in “How to Build a
Computer” and “Peripheral
Devices”, as well as all
of the expansion cards and miscellaneous items. This needs someone or
some group to design and
build them. This is the choice you have to make.
An Electrical or Electronic Engineering degree will
allow you entry into the field of electronic component design and
building, also, the design and building of power supplies. The
Computer Hardware Engineer or Mechanical Engineer is responsible for
the design and building of the non-electronic components. Some of the
more sophisticated items such as the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)
chip and the printers have an embedded programs called firmware, and
The engineering training is acquired at one of the many
engineering schools in the US and else ware. Use the engineering
school resources website to find a school of your liking,
geographical area you prefer. Also use the BLS
Occupational Handbook, it has a
detailed description of the careers in each of these
fields. You should read this handbook in order to gain a broader
understanding of what you can expect and what is expected of you.
Someone seeking entry into the electronics and computer field as a
technician should look at this website, it has many of
the training opportunities. These are not the only websites for
educational choices for computer hardware professionals. You will find
Internet is an
outstanding tool for searching for information in these fields and
others. When you find a school to your liking, get their catalog,
read and understand it thoroughly before making your selection. Do this
with more than one school. By comparing schools, you will get a better
understanding of what each has to offer, and therefore make a better
decision. This is ideal preparation when looking for a computer
As for learning what’s new in the computer industry as
one of the computer hardware professionals, we’ve prepared a list of
trade and technical publications for your interest. You can read
excerpts from them online, or you can choose to subscribe to the
printed version, your choice.
- Electronic Products This magazine focuses
on the new product and the product technology
needs of engineers designing today's electronic equipment and
- Embedded Systems Design This magazine
provides best practices and peer
guidance for Senior Systems Designers and their teams.
- EE Times This is the online source
for the creators of technology.
Electronics applications, products, technology and design techniques.
Design Information, News, & Business Strategy for
Electronics Design Engineers
- ECN This newsletter is the leading
provider of product news and information for the electronic designer
- Semiconductor Business News This is part
of the E E Times.
- Solid State Technology Magazine Source of
the wafer fabricating engineers, operators and managers, tool and
- Semiconductor Online Includes product
manufacturers, technology announcements, employment opportunities, and
- Semiconductor Fabtech Technical review of
manufacturing trends and
technologies for the IC industry.
- Printed Circuit Design Magazine Providing
information to designers, engineers, and companies involved in printed
circuits and related technologies.
- EE Product News Covers new semiconductors,
components, equipment, systems, and software for design engineers.
Techtree is India's Technology Daily. It
features reviews, news, and street prices on tech products available in
India, as well as free downloads and newsletters about the Indian
personal technology market.
With all of the content provided on this Computer
Hardware Professionals page, you
should be able
to gain an understanding of what the computer hardware engineer and
technician does, and what is expected of him or her. Also, you will
the information necessary to select the school that will give you the
skills to enter these fields. If this is what turns you on, go for it!
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