Computer Hardware Engineers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+1.6% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Computer Hardware Engineers Do

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.

Other Job Titles Computer Hardware Engineers May Have

Design Engineer, Engineer, Field Service Engineer, Hardware Design Engineer, Hardware Engineer, Project Engineer, Senior Hardware Engineer, Systems Integration Engineer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Manager, Partner Hardware ,


A typical day on our team includes Skype conference calls with strategic hardware partners, in person meetings to triage the week's issues, as well as hands on testing of a variety of hardware both being built by Xbox but also accessories being developed by our hardware partners. With over 100 active products being developed in parallel there is a lot of collaboration and opportunities to see many different technical disciplines working together.

Implementation Engineer ,


A great day is initiating a new project, or completing a project, or making progress on a project, doing all of the little steps necessary for equipment to be turned up for service. I keep track of managing my budget, meeting my deadlines, and learning new processes. Some days the processes flow smoothly, the numbers come in on target, the dates are all met. I try to work in the most efficient manner, so that the work moves easily.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.

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