CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Computer Engineers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Computer Engineers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Update knowledge and skills to keep up with rapid advancements in computer technology.
 
Provide technical support to designers, marketing and sales departments, suppliers, engineers and other team members throughout the product development and implementation process.
 
Test and verify hardware and support peripherals to ensure that they meet specifications and requirements, by recording and analyzing test data.
 
Monitor functioning of equipment and make necessary modifications to ensure system operates in conformance with specifications.
 
Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan layout, including type of computers and peripheral equipment modifications.
 
Build, test, and modify product prototypes using working models or theoretical models constructed with computer simulation.
 
Analyze user needs and recommend appropriate hardware.
 
Direct technicians, engineering designers or other technical support personnel as needed.
 
Confer with engineering staff and consult specifications to evaluate interface between hardware and software and operational and performance requirements of overall system.
 
Select hardware and material, assuring compliance with specifications and product requirements.
 
Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
 
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.
 
Provide training and support to system designers and users.
 
Assemble and modify existing pieces of equipment to meet special needs.
 
Evaluate factors such as reporting formats required, cost constraints, and need for security restrictions to determine hardware configuration.
 
Design and develop computer hardware and support peripherals, including central processing units (CPUs), support logic, microprocessors, custom integrated circuits, and printers and disk drives.
 
Recommend purchase of equipment to control dust, temperature, and humidity in area of system installation.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Computer Engineers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Computer Engineers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Computer Engineers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Computer Engineers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ASSET JTAG ScanWorks Analytical or scientific software
 
Allegro software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Application-specific integrated circuit ASIC logic synthesis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Automatic test program generation ATPG software Analytical or scientific software
 
Block diagram software Pattern design software
 
Boundary scan description language BSDL Development environment software
 
Boundary scan insertion software Analytical or scientific software
 
Built-in self-test BIST debugging software Analytical or scientific software
 
C Development environment software
 
C++ Object or component oriented development software
 
Cadence Concept Computer aided design CAD software
 
Cadence Dracula Analytical or scientific software
 
Cadence Encounter RTL Compiler Compiler and decompiler software
 
Cadence Opus Development environment software
 
Cadence OrCAD Computer aided design CAD software
 
Cadence PSpice Analytical or scientific software
 
Cadence Schematic Composer Computer aided design CAD software
 
Cadence Virtuoso Spectre Circuit Simulator Analytical or scientific software
 
Cadence Virtuoso software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Complementary-symmetry/metal-oxide semiconductor CMOS layout software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer diagnostic software Analytical or scientific software
 
Computer simulation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Data acquisition systems Analytical or scientific software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Design-for-testability DFT insertion software Analytical or scientific software
 
Discrete Fourier transform DFT analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Electronic design automation EDA software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Failure analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Fast Fourier transform FFT analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Field programmable gate array FPGA logic synthesis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Freescale CodeWarrior Tools Development environment software
 
Hardware description and verification language Development environment software
 
Hardware description language HDL Development environment software
 
Integrated circuit simulation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Internet search engine software Information retrieval or search software
 
Joint test action group JTAG software Analytical or scientific software
 
Linux Operating system software
 
Logic synthesis software Analytical or scientific software
 
LogicVision icBIST Analytical or scientific software
 
M-Sim Analytical or scientific software
 
MAGIC Analytical or scientific software
 
Magma Design Automation Blast Create Analytical or scientific software
 
Magma Design Automation Blast FPGA Analytical or scientific software
 
Mathsoft Mathcad Computer aided design CAD software
 
Mentor Graphics BSDArchitect Analytical or scientific software
 
Mentor Graphics Calibre Analytical or scientific software
 
Mentor Graphics LeonardoSpectrum Analytical or scientific software
 
Mentor Graphics Precision RTL Analytical or scientific software
 
Microarchitecture simulation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
 
Microsoft Visual C# .NET Object or component oriented development software
 
Monte Carlo software Analytical or scientific software
 
National Instruments LabVIEW Development environment software
 
PARTHENON Computer aided design CAD software
 
Place-and-route software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Practical extraction and reporting language Perl Object or component oriented development software
 
Project management software Project management software
 
Python Object or component oriented development software
 
Register transfer language RTL Development environment software
 
SAS software Analytical or scientific software
 
SKILL Object or component oriented development software
 
Schematic editors Computer aided design CAD software
 
Shell script Operating system software
 
Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis SPICE Analytical or scientific software
 
SoftICE Analytical or scientific software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
State diagram software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Structured query language SQL Data base user interface and query software
 
Synopsys Design Compiler Analytical or scientific software
 
Synopsys HSIM Analytical or scientific software
 
Synopsys HSPICE Analytical or scientific software
 
Synopsys Hercules Analytical or scientific software
 
Synopsys TetraMax ATPG Analytical or scientific software
 
Synplicity Synplify Analytical or scientific software
 
SystemVerilog Development environment software
 
The MathWorks MATLAB Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks Real-Time Workshop Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks Signal Processing Toolbox Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks Simulink Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks Simulink DSP Blockset Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks Simulink Fixed-Point Blockset Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks Symbolic Math Toolbox Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks Wavelet Toolbox Analytical or scientific software
 
The Mathworks Control System Toolbox Analytical or scientific software
 
The Mathworks Data Acquisition Toolbox Analytical or scientific software
 
The Mathworks Embedded Target software Analytical or scientific software
 
Timing analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Tool command language Tcl Development environment software
 
UNIX Operating system software
 
Verification software Analytical or scientific software
 
Verilog Development environment software
 
Very high-speed integrated circuit VHSIC hardware description language VHDL Development environment software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Windows kernel debuggers Program testing software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Xilinx ISE Foundation Computer aided design CAD software
 
Xilinx ModelSim Computer aided design CAD software
 
Xilinx Synthesis Technology XST Analytical or scientific software
 
Alternating current AC power analyzers Power meters
 
Alternating current AC power sources Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
 
Bit error ratio testers BERT Digital testers
 
Circuit memory testers Circuit tester
 
Circuit testers Circuit tester
 
Color plotters Plotter printers
 
Communications analyzers Network analyzers
 
Communications signal analyzers Oscilloscopes
 
Computer scanners Scanners
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital analysis systems DAS Integrated circuit testers
 
Direct current DC power supplies Low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
 
Dynamic signal analyzers Frequency calibrator or simulator
 
Feeler gauges Feeler gauges
 
Frequency counters Frequency counters or timer or dividers
 
Function generators Signal generators
 
Impedance analyzers Impedance meters
 
Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters Capacitance meters
 
Inspection scopes Magnifiers
 
Isolators Isolators
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Logic analyzers Integrated circuit testers
 
Logic probes Electronic measuring probes
 
Mainframe computers Mainframe computers
 
Multimeters Multimeters
 
Oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
 
Pattern generators Signal generators
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Power sensors Power meters
 
Probe card devices Electronic measuring probes
 
Probe stations Electronic measuring probes
 
Protocol analyzers Protocol analyzers
 
Protocol exercisers Protocol analyzers
 
Pulse generators Level generators
 
Resistance meters Calibrated resistance measuring equipment
 
Sampling oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
 
Signal generators Signal generators
 
Signal source analyzers Frequency calibrator or simulator
 
Spectrum analyzers Frequency analyzers
 
Thermal chambers Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers
 
Traffic generators Network analyzers
 
Universal source generators Signal generators
 
Voltage sensors Voltage or current meters
 
Waveform generators Wave generators
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Computer Engineers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 10 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Computer Engineers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Automation Engineer
Computer Architect
Computer Designer
Computer Engineer
Computer Hardware Designer
Computer Hardware Developer
Computer Installation Engineer
Computer Tester
Configuration Manager
Design Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Electronics Engineer
Engineer
Field Service Engineer
Hardware Engineer
Information Technology Consultant (IT Consultant)
Microchip Specialist
Network Administrator
Network Engineer
Project Engineer
Software Engineer
Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Systems Engineer
Systems Integration Engineer
Telecommunications Engineer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Computer Engineers
 
 
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