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What is it like to be a Computer Engineer?
Computer engineers apply practical analysis and technical principles to design, create, improve and maintain computer systems including both hardware and software. This can range from large computer systems, to desktop computers, mobile phones, games and media players, among many others.
Other titles for computer engineers include computer systems engineer, hardware design engineer and technical support engineer.
Computer engineers work in a variety of settings including computer engineering firms, large corporations, government institutions, the communication sector, computer manufacturing companies, telecommunication industry and private consultancy.
This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.
This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.
Is it right for me?
Computer engineers are skillful and proficient in the installation, repair and servicing of computers and equipment. As a computer engineer you’ll have an active interest in analysing problems and providing solutions. You will also have:
- A logical and investigative mind
- Communication and team work skills
- Fascination with electronics, electro-mechanical equipment and computers
- Ability to work independently.
To become a Computer Engineer
To be able to become a Computer Engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:
To qualify as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, the following pathway will help you on your journey:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Computer Systems Engineering and any major that interests you, however we suggest Management and Leadership OR Administrative Management). This option will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to become a professional engineer with a strong background in business principles and practice.
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Systems Engineering and Applied Computer Science). This combined degree program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills required to design, develop, and implement both the hardware and software components of computer systems.
If you don't meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering, you may like to consider the following programs:
You may be able to put the credit you earned from your TAFE (VET) studies towards your degree. This may shorten the length of time you'll take to complete your degree. Take a look at our Credit Calculator to see.
A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering Science is eligible to apply for graduate membership of Engineers Australia as an Engineering Technologist. After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering Science may apply for chartered status as an Engineering Technologist and, when granted, may use the post-nominal TMIEAust CEngT.
If you have already completed an engineering technologist qualification and wish to qualify as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, there are other Master degrees to assist you.
A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer.
After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in those countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.