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apiwowar in North Hollywood, California

75 months ago

i am majoring in computer engineering but now i am starting to think if i really want to do this. can someone give me a description of what a computer engineer does. how much of a computer engineers work is software and how much is hardware? what would a computer engineers job consist of? and how important is programming to a computer engineer?

me in Kasuga, Japan

73 months ago

I graduated from computer engineering in year 2002 and have been working as a network system engineer for a small company in Vancouver, Canada for 3 years as my last job. If I could choose again, I would not have chosen computer engineering. Any other discipline of engineering would have been better.

The problem with Computer Engineering is that you are not really specialized in anything. You mostly end up competing with computer science graduates for programming jobs. You are not electrical enough to compete with EE. You are definitely not Civil, mechancial or bio-chem. You are pretty much a nothing special specialist. There are some network jobs out there but a majority of these jobs are considered IT, and you don't need a degree to be doing these jobs.

To be fair though, I believe if you work hard at it, you will always get there. One of my friend who graduted from Computer Engineering has made it to a regional manager for a power management company.

juan in Bakersfield, California

49 months ago

apiwowar in North Hollywood, California said: i am majoring in computer engineering but now i am starting to think if i really want to do this. can someone give me a description of what a computer engineer does. how much of a computer engineers work is software and how much is hardware? what would a computer engineers job consist of? and how important is programming to a computer engineer?

COMPUTER ENGINEER DISIGN MOTHERBOARDS AND PROGRAM MICRO CHIP WRITE SMALL PROGRAMS IN MICRO CHIPS, WORK WITH SOFTWARE PROGRAMS.

Aamar in Ballerup, Denmark

42 months ago

juan in Bakersfield, California said: COMPUTER ENGINEER DISIGN MOTHERBOARDS AND PROGRAM MICRO CHIP WRITE SMALL PROGRAMS IN MICRO CHIPS, WORK WITH SOFTWARE PROGRAMS.

Hi apiwowar,
As an computer engineer,you should be able to famillar with both hardware and software,and try to be go deep one of then who you like. in software design there are various tools/languages like C,C++,VHDL.These languages usually been used in embeded system programming like linux based development boards, FPGAs ,CPLDs.
Apart from thses you shold be able to know network protocols to understand the type of communication between the hardware,you are developing and the LAN /WAN.
As Now a days most coputer system/Devices/hosts work under LAN/WAN/Internet.

Ask you you have further question.

justAsugestion in Fayetteville, Arkansas

42 months ago

Pick Computer Science or EE.
CE is a bad choice because you will be competing with the above two for positions and you will not have a leg up on either.

Don't take my word for it start looking at job postings and you will see that where EE is needed they state EE with no exceptions and where CS is needed its an IT job or some programming job which means you will be competing with IT pros and CS, not good.

Those jobs which look for CE, also are looking for CS and EE as well, its a no win situation for CE.
Just pick one or the other and if you are interested take courses offered in the other but still major in just CS or EE.

justAsugestion in Fayetteville, Arkansas

42 months ago

hoapres in San Jose, California said: Computer engineering is highly H1B infested. YOur chances of getting a job in the field is slim. This applies to CS and EE as well. Instead of getting a CE degree one would have slightly better chances with a solid EE degree with a CS minor from a top 10 school. Most likely you will need a PhD from a school like Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, etc. to have even a remote chance of getting a STEM career going in the US.

Unfortunately, America has declared war on its STEM workers with the importation of H1B guest worker along with offshoring jobs. Realistically STEM is not a field for Americans to get into.

Yep, I take back my answer. This is the correct one. Any one who goes into STEM in the US is begging to be outsourced. If I knew then what I know now I would have skipped college and just tried harder to land a management position with McD's.

young engineer in Angeles, Philippines

40 months ago

Im a computer engineering student .. im studying here in my country but after i graduated i will go back to LA (i dunno if that's a good idea, that it sounds here) -_- anyway, i still have the option to change from EE and ECE (electronics and communication Engr. ) since we still have the same major subjects. im 3rdyr and 19yrs old,

Our OJT will be in singapore maybe i will work here in asia for 2 years before i work in the US? ir just forget US and work here? or perhaps just change course?

thanks for the help. God bless.

young engineer in Pampanga, Philippines

40 months ago

thanks for the advice sir knowing that your from LA as well. but i will still try to find a job in the US. i hope for the best in the next 2 years.

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