How to become a Computer Engineer

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

Personal requirements of a Computer Engineer

  • 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

Education & Training for a Computer Engineer

To become a computer engineer you usually have to study electronic, computer, computer systems or software engineering at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.3%

NSW 37.1%

NT 1.3%

QLD 20.9%

SA 5.6%

TAS 0.8%

VIC 20.1%

WA 11.9%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 93.8%

Female 6.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 10.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 4.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 20.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 51.1%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 13.7%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 32.6%

Above 35 years: 67.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member's career develops. Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their websites for more details.
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