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Computer Hardware Engineers

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Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

    Work Activities
    • Update knowledge and skills to keep up with rapid advancements in computer technology.
    • Build, test, and modify product prototypes, using working models or theoretical models constructed with computer simulation.
    • Write detailed functional specifications that document the hardware development process and support hardware introduction.
    • Specify power supply requirements and configuration, drawing on system performance expectations and design specifications.
    • Confer with engineering staff and consult specifications to evaluate interface between hardware and software and operational and performance requirements of overall system.
    • Design and develop computer hardware and support peripherals, including central processing units (CPUs), support logic, microprocessors, custom integrated circuits, and printers and disk drives.
    • Select hardware and material, assuring compliance with specifications and product requirements.
    • Monitor functioning of equipment and make necessary modifications to ensure system operates in conformance with specifications.
    • Test and verify hardware and support peripherals to ensure that they meet specifications and requirements, by recording and analyzing test data.
    • Direct technicians, engineering designers or other technical support personnel as needed.
    • Provide technical support to designers, marketing and sales departments, suppliers, engineers and other team members throughout the product development and implementation process.
    • Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
    • Evaluate factors such as reporting formats required, cost constraints, and need for security restrictions to determine hardware configuration.
    • Analyze user needs and recommend appropriate hardware.
    • Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan layout, including type of computers and peripheral equipment modifications.
    • Assemble and modify existing pieces of equipment to meet special needs.
    • Recommend purchase of equipment to control dust, temperature, and humidity in area of system installation.
    • Provide training and support to system designers and users.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge
    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $102,630/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $49.34/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,070
    • Yearly Projected Openings 70
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Persistence
    • Innovation
    Tools
    • Signal generators
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Frequency calibrator or simulator
    • Electronic measuring probes
    • Circuit tester
    Technology
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software