Hardware engineers are responsible for designing computer hardware for their company. They participate in every aspect of product development, including concept creation, prototype design, product development, and testing. One of their main duties includes proposing architecture and design execution. They also participate in validation tasks after a prototype has been created, performing careful analysis to identify hardware issues and suggest changes to the development team. Hardware engineers generally report their progress to the hardware leader in their department.
Additionally, hardware engineers provide colleagues with specific advice about product life cycle support characteristics and acceptance criteria. Other tasks completed by hardware engineers include creating specifications and hardware device performance numbers, actively participating in company meetings, and using technical expertise to conduct failure prevention analysis and improve reliability. Hardware engineers may use their engineering knowledge to provide ideas for design features as well. In all tasks, the hardware engineer must closely follow company guidelines and procedures. One of the engineer's main tools include a personal computer with specialized software to create simulations and projections related to hardware capabilities.
A bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field is required for this position. In addition, previous experience in a similar position may be preferred. Hardware engineers must be able to multitask and prioritize project requirements. They should possess strong interpersonal skills to communicate with other engineers and present complex concepts to non-technical staff. They must also understand hardware and software interactions and plan accordingly for product evaluation.
Hardware Engineer Tasks
- Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
- Provide technical support to team members.
- Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
- Write documentation and test specifications.