Computer Engineer

Summary

Computer engineers are involved in the installation, repair and servicing of computers and associated equipment.

Duties & Tasks

Computer engineers may perform the following tasks:

  • devise and undertake a regular service programme, including support of operating systems
  • analyse problems and develop and implement solutions
  • provide input on matters associated with site preparation and installation of large computer systems
  • install cables for computer networks
  • assist staff with establishing the computer hardware and associated equipment required to run IT systems
  • manage projects and supervise staff (in senior computer engineering roles).

Specialisations

Hardware Design Engineer

A hardware design engineer plans, designs, constructs and maintains the hardware equipment of computers. They may also monitor the development of hardware according to design specifications and carry out repairs and testing of computer equipment.

Network/Systems Engineer

A network/systems engineer designs, installs, analyses and implements computer systems or networks. They may also work to ensure that the existing network is effective and determine how it should evolve to meet new requirements of the organisation or business.

Software Engineer

A software engineer creates, maintains and modifies computer and software programmes such as business programmes, games, operating systems, communications software, utility programmes, compilers and database handlers. They may also evaluate new programming tools and techniques and analyse current software products.

Personal Requirements

  • able to understand and communicate with a wide variety of people
  • able to work as part of a team
  • logical approach to work
  • self-reliant and able to work independently
  • active interest in learning and maintaining technical skills and knowledge
  • able to investigate, identify and solve problems quickly and efficiently
  • enjoy electronics, computers and electro-mechanical equipment
  • good customer service skills
  • able to make informed decisions about a wide range of complex business and technical issues.

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