What is Computer Engineering?
What career opportunities are there in this field?
There are worldwide career opportunities in the field of computer engineering:
- Career opportunities abound with Computer companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Google
- Network management
- Multimedia and IT companies
- Start-up companies specialising in the application of new technologies to new products and services, in a range of areas such as telecommunications and wireless electronics, internet services, biomedical instrumentation
- Control systems management
- Telecom providers such as Telstra, Optus, Unwired, Vodafone, AAPT and vendors like Motorola, Sony-Ericson, Nokia, NEC
- Design of biomedical equipment and telecom devices
- Power generation and distribution
- Industrial electrical plant design and manufacture
- Military and defence applications
and areas you may not immediately consider – engineering involves technical expertise and high level project management skills which can lead to careers in, for example, technology development and business management. Also, combined programs with Science, Arts, Commerce, Medical Science and Law can lead to further rewards and challenges.
What is Computer Engineering?
Computer Engineering (CE) is at the heart of all modern electronic devices and the core research field that has enabled the current technological revolution. It is not only the basis of current computers and the internet, but also a vital part of mobile phones, portable multimedia devices, biomedical systems, automobiles, aircraft and spaceships. Most of current research in the Sciences and several of the Arts predominantly use hardware, software and signal processing that comes out of CE research.
Computer engineering focuses on both engineering theory and principle,and on the practical application of design and implementation of products through the use of both hardware and software. In contrast, computer science designs and develops software and system infrastructure but generally does not manage its deployment.
What will you learn and how will it be applied in the real world?
You will learn:
The theory, principles and practical application of designing and implementing products using hardware and software. As a Computer Engineer you should obtain a strong knowledge in electronics and integrated circuit design - both analogue and digital - hardware-software co-design, and digital signal processing.
You will apply your knowledge to projects such as:
- Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design
- Audio Signal Processing
- Biomedical Signal Processing
- Image Processing
- Biomedical Electronics
- Brain-Computer Interfaces
- Components, Computing Architectures and Middleware
- Neuromorphic Engineering
After your first degree
Start with your computer engineering undergraduate degree, either as a standalone or part of a combined program and branch out. Masters by coursework and research and doctoral programs are available to further enhance and increase your knowledge.
Some subjects feature industry experts who provide guest lectures on hot topics. These specialists provide inside knowledge of the technologies organisations are using, and technical rationale behind real world decision making. Industry experts can answer questions first hand and provide valuable insight into the qualities companies look for in graduates.
In addition the projects and industrial placements you undertake during the course of your degree will give you connections , networks , summer placements and job opportunities which will prove invaluable in your career.
The University of Sydney has strong links with a wide range of engineering industries and takes pride in ensuring its programs are rigorous and relevant to the needs of those industries both currently and with respect to future demands.
For information about Computer Engineering contact School of Electrical and Information Engineering
For information on how to apply for the Bachelor of Engineering in any discipline go to Degree Information.