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Any Professional Computer Engineers Here?


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#1 Kanye

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 06:53 PM

I'm thinking about studying Computer Engineering in college. I've always had an interest in computers and have a lot of knowledge with computer hardware. However, I don't really like programming. I can live with a bit here and there, but not a LOT of it. Are there any computer programmers out there that can give me an overview of the job? Computer Hardware Engineering to be specific. Is it hard to get a job? Is there much programming if you're a hardware specialist? Does it somewhat suck the fun out of building and customizing computers? Are there really long work hours? Do you consider it more fun than work? What courses in high school/college did you take? Thanks for any help and info.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 02:54 PM

You're giving up your rap career?

My advice is to study what interests you and don't worry about making a pile of cash. If you good at what you do, the money will almost always follow along no matter what you do.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 06:32 PM

I know Computer Engineering already gives great pay but that's not my major concern; even if it didn't I would still pursue that goal. Details about the career itself from someone who is one/closely knows one is what would be helpful.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 11:13 AM

Well in that case the details for one engineer job will be totally different than another. I have seen computer engineers work 80 hour weeks on salary at company XYZ while another engineer working company ABC doesnt spend more than 2 actual hours working a day, and spends the other 6 hours surfing the net.

I dont know of any computer engineers for large companies who actually build their own desktops or servers. They are all ordered from HP, DELL, IBM etc, and if you want to be a hardware guy you will just need to know all about the hardware in those servers. Expect your name to be called if the systems engineers suspect a driver/hardware issue. Most of what of seen would involve work with fiber cards, raid controllers and SANS, not a video card on the secretaries computer, that would be help desk work.

Maybe you should tell me what you think you would be doing, then I will tell you if thats what I have seen in the real world for a computer engineer.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:37 PM

Well I was basically hoping to get a career/job as someone who builds and modifies computer hardware. As in creating new parts for major companies, or working at a computer repair company, or building custom PCs ordered by customers, etc.

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 02:21 PM

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:27 PM

well heres my 2 cents.

I was going to college before my woife joined the military and we were forced to move, thus, i had to stop schooling. I was a semester away from getting my Associates in Science for Mathematics and continueing into civil engineering. After many months I relized one important truth about life, money is not everything. Being happy is. I love math, i love computers, i love software, and i love programming....but i dont want to be a computer engineer, why because I love one other field more, physics. You see the thing that makes college hard is going in with a set path, becuase you do not allow yourself to venture away from that path, after moving I opened my mind and realized that I now KNOW what I want to do, because it involves all the fields that I love, and that is to be a physicist or astronomer. Now I am open to other paths still, but I have a year and a half of schooling to push me in that direction and a realistic view on life, now that I have a son, i dont reallycare to make 160,000 a year, 70,000 would do just fine, and to tell you the truth, I would rather be on the designing team of the martion lander for the upcoming project to send man to mars, than designing a graphics card. So you must open your mind to other options, or take computer engineering and see what it applies to,hardware is a very large field, everything has hardware, it just depends on how you want to impact your life and others around you. So find what makes you happy, but keep an open mind, sometimes people change their mind a year into their field.

Now for what i know, my friends dad was a computer engineer for boeing developing engines for the aircraft (something a mechanical engineer would do right?). Well as a computer engineer he was to find a way to link hardware to software, which meant he had to help design both. For this he was paid salary at 110,000 a year, but worked constantly, and most of the time in Germany. He had to quit because his career pushed him away from his passion, so now after research he was hired on to a ocntact lenscompany, designing software that designs contact lens, and makes roughly 130,000. So you see just because you persue a degree in a specific field, doesnt mean that your job makes you do what you specifically went to school for. So be careful, and take your time to decide what you want. Also check your local jobs around where you wish to live.
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Posted 16 September 2008 - 02:26 PM

Thank you for that deep post, much appreciated.

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 02:52 PM

No problem, one more thing I should have stated too, dont let someone else make your life for you, it is your life, if your unhappy with your job, than find a different one.

Edited by Box In A Bag, 16 September 2008 - 02:52 PM.

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