Computer engineering is the study of theoretical foundations of information and computation, and of practical techniques for their application in computer systems.
What do they do?
Computer engineering is the study of theoretical foundations of information and computation, and of practical techniques for their application in computer systems. The study programme for computer engineering is also called electronic and computer engineering or computer systems engineering that combines both electrical engineering and computer science. It involves studying the design of digital hardware and software systems.
. Have a keen interest in computers and an analytical bent of mind
. A scientific temperament
. Logical and reasoning skills
. Good mathematical skills
. Ability to work hard and sit at a computer for long hours
. Insatiable appetite for news on innovations in the IT world
. Knowledge of a foreign language like French or German can be an added advantage
How do I get there?
Take physics, chemistry, maths with computer science after class 10. After class 12, you can sit for the any or all of the various engineering entrance exams. You need to clear a written test to get into a bachelor’s programme in the department of computer science and engineering (CSE) at the IITs or institutions like the National Institutes of Technology. If you can’t get into an undergraduate programme at CSE in an IIT, then you could try for the IIT’s Mtech programme where entry is not as competitive.
Typical day in the life of a Computer Engineer
Pros & Cons about this career
. High pay packages as compared to other conventional streams . Overseas work opportunities
. It is a constantly changing profession . The profession is highly demanding . Office hours are flexible and your office timings may rotate as per requirement . Staying back after office hours and carrying work back home is a part of life for many professionals