Examining a Career as a Hardware Development Engineer
Hardware Development Engineers Can Pursue a Variety of Employment Options
There seems to be no shortage of advertising encouraging the users of electronic devices like computers, tablets, and smartphones to upgrade to the latest version of a software package – these ads will often emphasize the greater speed, convenience, and security of these most advanced versions in contrast to all of their respective predecessors.
It is quite clear by the frequency, hyperbole, and extravagance of this advertising that a considerable amount of time and money is invested in software research/development. Yet on the other side of the ledger, and perhaps less publicized, is the time/money that must be invested in computer hardware also; for without the compatibility of computer technology with these software packages, any advancements in speed, convenience, and security would in essence be rendered futile/pointless.
The individuals responsible for focusing on the computer technology side of the equation are known as computer hardware development engineers, or more often, just hardware development engineers. These specialists are accountable for the design, development, manufacturing, and installation of such hardware components as:
- Circuit boards
- Modems and routers
- Disk drives and sound cards
- Processing and memory units (chips)
A sampling of the duties/responsibilities of hardware development engineers consists of:
- Modifying and upgrading existing hardware
- Developing and testing of new designs/prototypes
- Designing blueprints for the creation of new hardware
- Overseeing/supervising the manufacture of new hardware
- Assessing the compatibility of new hardware with existing software
- Collaborating with the designers/developers of new computer software
The entry-level educational requirement for a hardware development engineer job is the attainment of a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or BSEE. Emphasis within this field of study should concentrate on:
- Computer Programming
- Digital and Microprocessor Design
- Physics, Calculus, and Differential Equations
A career as a hardware development engineer affords a variety of employment options, including but not limited to:
- Federal Government
- Computer Consulting Services
Success in the role of hardware developing engineer will be heightened by a commitment to continuing education, notably in relation to evolving software/hardware technologies, as well as demonstrating proficiency in such skill areas as problem solving, inductive and deductive reasoning, critical thinking, and decision-making.
Placement Agencies Are Often Hired to Find Hardware Development Engineers
With the proliferation of electronic devices in recent years, and the dependence on these devices from both a personal and business perspective, there will undoubtedly be career opportunities for hardware development engineers; and despite the current expanse of this field, currently estimated at 70,000 jobs in the United States alone, growth for these roles has been forecasted at 3-9% over the ensuing decade.
Those searching for employment as a hardware development engineer, whether entry-level or advanced, may benefit from the internal resources and the network of industry contacts available through the professionals from Winters Technical Staffing, a leading recruitment agency in Toronto and the GTA for more than 40 years. Winters Technical Staffing specializes in engineering job placements, including hardware developers, across a wide band of employers who are seeking talented candidates with such skills/expertise.
The job placement consultants from Winters Technical Staffing maintain strong working relationships with hiring managers/employers in the electronics and electronics-related arena, and are routinely engaged by such contacts to help fulfill recruiting needs on their behalf.
All of the above augurs well for individuals seeking to begin or advance their career as a hardware development engineer; the convergence of these factors provides hardware development engineer candidates with access to:
- Local, regional, national job prospects
- Focused/targeted networking opportunities
- Full-time, part-time, and contract-based options
- Hardware development jobs not advertised publicly
- Immediately-available job opportunities in this field
Contact Winters Today
For experienced guidance and support in your search for an entry-level or advanced role as a hardware development engineer, call the job placement specialists from Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 or contact us to book a complimentary consultation.