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Computer engineer

What is it like to be a Computer engineer?

Computer engineers apply practical analysis and technical principles to design, create, improve and maintain computer systems including both hardware and software. This can range from large computer systems, to desktop computers, mobile phones, games and media players, among many others.

Other titles for computer engineers include computer systems engineer, hardware design engineer and technical support engineer.

Computer engineers work in a variety of settings including computer engineering firms, large corporations, government institutions, the communication sector, computer manufacturing companies, telecommunication industry and private consultancy.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. In this instance, exact job data has not been available, data related to Telecommunications Engineering Professionals has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Computer engineers are skillful and proficient in the installation, repair and servicing of computers and equipment. As a computer engineer you’ll have an active interest in analysing problems and providing solutions. You will also have:

  • A logical and investigative mind
  • Communication and team work skills
  • Fascination with electronics, electro-mechanical equipment and computers
  • Ability to work independently. 

To become a Computer engineer

To be able to become a Computer engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering Science is eligible to apply for graduate membership of Engineers Australia as an Engineering Technologist. After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering Science may apply for chartered status as an Engineering Technologist and, when granted, may use the post-nominal TMIEAust CEngT.

If you have already completed an engineering technologist qualification and wish to qualify as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, there are other Master degrees to assist you.

A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer.

After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in those countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.


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