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What is a Computer Engineer? (Career Profile)

"Expect the unexpected," said one computer engineer about her profession, and this statement has been reflected on most surveys.  Computer engineers coordinate the construction, maintenance, and future growth of a company's computer systems. They work with all departments, discovering each one's computer needs, then make suggestions about what technical direction the company should proceed in.  While this occupation sounds quite organized and logical, most computer engineers enter the profession at companies who have already made uncertain steps into the technical world.  Faced with uncertain budget restrictions, presented with old or misapplied systems, and expected to know the nuances of each department's needs, systems analysts must rapidly become experts in the company's and each department's functions and learn how to use second-best systems to satisfy their needs.  "Getting people to tell you up front all the things they want to do is like pulling teeth," wrote one engineer.  Flexibility, strong interpersonal skills, and a friendly disposition are highly valued traits in this industry.  The bottom line is performance, and those without strong technical skills find themselves quickly outpaced by the expertise their job demands.  Over 30 percent of systems analysts did not intend to become full-time systems analysts: In most smaller companies, the position develops as an ancillary responsibility for the most technically savvy of the current employees.  As the company realizes the benefits of a full-time computer representative, that position becomes permanent and exclusive.  "I was hired as a researcher," noted one analyst, "and now all I use is my screwdriver."  Many who have fallen into the profession point to continuing education as an attractive part of the job.  Others find themselves hamstrung by decisions others have made before them and the technical limitations of the systems they inherit.  The high level of satisfaction these high-tech tinkerers feel might be related to the creative thinking and problem solving aspects of their job. "It's like having the most expensive Tinker toy set in the world--I love it!" said one systems analyst.  Few occupations allow the physical construction of an object and the intellectual challenge offered by computer engineering. For those who can make the most of limited resources and listen carefully for the distinction between what people want and what people need from their computer systems, computer engineering is an excellent profession.

Career Profile

# of people in profession: 177,090
% male: 90
% female: 10
average hours per week: 45
average starting salary: $ 39,000
average salary after 5 years: $ 70,000
average salary after 10 to 15 years: $ 90,000
Professionals Read: PC World, LAN Times, Windows Sources, Novell Networker
Book, Films and TV Shows Featuring the Profession: Disclosure, The Net, Galatea 2.2, War Games

Major Employers:
Intel Corporation
FM3-145 P.O. Box 1141
Folsom, CA 95763-1141
Tel: 800-238-0486
Fax: 916-356-0385
Contact: Jobline: 916-356-0385
6 Corporate place
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Tel: 908-699-2000
Fax: 908-336-2945
Advanced Micro Devices
One AMD Place P.O. Box 3453
Sunnydale, CA 94088-3453
Tel: 408-732-2400
Fax: 408-774-7023
Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399
Tel: 425-882-8080
Fax: 425-936-7329
You'll Associate With: Computer Programmers, Information Managers, Office Managers, Telecommunication Specialists

Major Associations:
IEEE Computer Society
1730 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-371-0101
Fax: 202-728-9614
Computer-Aided Manufacturing International
3301 Airport Freeway
Suite 324
Bedford, TX 76021
Tel: 817-860-1654
Fax: 817-275-6450
Programmers Association c/o Aristotle Industries
205 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: 800-243-4401
Fax: 202-543-6407


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Internet Requests for Comments
Find a comprehensive list of RFCs. Includes a search feature and a glossary.

Research in Analog Integrated Circuit Design
Created by several UC Berkeley students, this resource explains how to design analog circuits for high integration. Requires Adobe Acrobat.

Computing Science Journals
Internet Electronic Library Project at Simon Frazer University maintains a list of more than 450 journals, indexed by subject and journal name.

First Guide to PostScript
Introduction to programming in the PostScript page description language, for anyone with some experience in programming.

SCSI - PC Webopaedia Definition and Links
Encyclopedia of computer and internet terminology offers a definition of SCSI ports and describes their function. Link to related topics.

SiliconValley.com on Engelbart
Silicon Valley virtual news magazine presents a profile of Douglas Engelbart including his early inventions and current projects.

Turing, Alan - Alan Turing Home Page
Dedicated to the father of computer science, and maintained by Andrew Hodges, author of "Alan Turing: the Enigma."

Inside Visual Basic for Windows
Browse through tips, techniques, a discussion group, file downloads and back issues. Full access for magazine subscribers only.

OO SoapBox
Listen to what's being said about object-oriented programming and associated languages. Discusses programming applications,

LAN Definition
Read the accepted meaning of local area network, and in-depth analyses of associated technologies such as Ethernet, FDDI, ARCNET and token ring.

Notes From The Guru
Offers tips, hints and how-to's for programming in C, troubleshooting Windows 95, and programming in Visual Perl.

Virtual Computer Library
Locate online guides to major operating systems, hardware and software, networking technology and the Internet.

PC troubleshooting company provides users assistance with computer and networking problems. Take a look at available hardware, and the glossary.

SK Learning Resource Center
Indexes different computing resources hosted on SK, including Dave's PC Guides, Windows 95 Beyond the Basics, and Notes from the Guru.

NIIT NetVarsity
Web-based training program offers to teach users Java, HTML, Oracle, Unix, and C . Find class descriptions or learn how to register.

MSDN Online Training - Microsoft Training Resources
Discover the different ways in which Microsoft offers training and education to those interested in becoming Microsoft certified technicians.

MSN Encarta - Daisy Chain
Learn the definition of this technological term used to refer to a specific system of interconnecting devices.

Java Tutorial
Web version of the book by Mary Campione and Kathy Walrath shows how to compile and run simple Java programs.

Live! - Computer Failure
Discover examples of problems caused by computer failure using links supplied by LookSmart Live!

Templates for the Solution of Linear Systems
Templates for solving large sparse systems of linear equations, with descriptions of general algorithms.

Wotsit's Format
Archive of source code, file formats and examples for programmers includes sound, graphics, games, Windows and Internet file downloads.

Programmer's Oasis
Provides a guide to programming languages, FAQs and newsgroups, and professional organizations and journals for developers.

Microsoft Certifications - Technical Certification
Learn about the different certifications available through Microsoft-affiliated educational institutions and vocational colleges.

Perl 5 Manual
Manual for the scripting language Perl includes tips on calling conventions from C, as well as debugging.

Netlib Conference Database
Enormous archive of conferences at Netlib is arranged according to the starting date, with some going back to 1993.

Sun Developer Connection
Sun Microsystems offers this resource aimed at developers. Register to gain access to forums, technical support information and beta programs.

Numerical Recipes
"Numerical Recipes in C" and "Numerical Recipes in Fortran." Download Adobe PostScript or Acrobat files of this classic of scientific computing.

Common Lisp - the Language
Expanded and updated edition of the standard reference, by Guy L. Steele, co-developer of the language.

Wozniak, Stephen - MSN Encarta
Read the encyclopedic biography of the computer designer who is a co-founder of Apple Computer. Includes a photograph of him from the 1980s.

MacTech Magazine
For Macintosh developers. Search more than 10 years worth of archives, get a free issue or download source code.

Psion Programming Reference
Web of the official programming manual for the Psion personal organizer. Browse the contents, or search by term.

CS Research Resource
Indexes of computer science departments, tech reports, bibliographies and related organizations.


Searchable, international collection of technical reports from computer science departments and industrial and government research laboratories.


CS Technical Reports
Index of university computer science reports, containing ftp addresses, titles and abstracts.


IEEE History Center
Information on the center preserving the history of electrical engineering. Site offers access to oral histories, archives and other information. Subscribe online to free print newsletter.


US Computer Science Depts
List of US CS departments, organized by state. Maintained by the University of Texas.


Computer Science Departments - WWW Virtual Library
Scan a compilation of computing and information-systems departments at universities worldwide.


Jobs For Programmers
Allows job seekers and employers to find the positions and people they desire.


NSF Computer, Engineering and Math Scholarships
Posts program requirements, descriptions, eligibility and award information. Includes submission instructions.

Guide to PC Motherboards
Find a collection of motherboard manuals and specifications and read articles about identifying a motherboard. Also find links to manufacturers.

Hacker's Ethic
Guide to the principles held by computer hackers, provides detailed theories about media, the Internet, and hypertext paradigms.

Ask a Question About Computers & Internet
To get tips on games, ISPs, programming, hardware and software, ask the LookSmart Live! Computers & Internet community for free, fast answers.


Comprehensive aggregation of resource materials organized by discipline. Find books, research papers, discussion boards, and online journals.


Collected Advice on Research and Writing
Explore this resource that is devoted to aiding computer scientists who are researching and writing theses.


Cora Research Paper Search
Use this search engine which specializes in finding computer science research papers. Select a category.


Searchable, international collection of technical reports from computer science departments and industrial and government research laboratories.


Dictionary of Programming Languages
Detailed descriptions of over 100 programming languages, with code samples, links, and a programming search engine.


Dr. Dobbs Programmers Vault
Explore programming tutorials on graphics, games, languages, operating systems and the Internet. Includes search capabilities and a book store.


Provides free programming source code for databases, bulletin boards, and online applications. Includes programs written in C/C++ and Java.


General Programming Resources - Program.Com
Find a collection of programming-related links to help programmers and students to find references and perform research.


Handle - Webopedia Definition and Links
Find three New Media-related definitions for the word, plus a diagram illustrating how to use handles to alter graphical objects' size and shape.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society journal. For computer scientists and engineers.


CS Research Resource
Indexes of computer science departments, tech reports, bibliographies and related organizations.


Technical Report Archives
Provides a gopher gateway to more than 120 institutional and project archives of technical papers in computer science.

BURKS 2 Online
Huge collection of useful resources for CS students, with a range of tutorial and reference material from short introductions to whole textbooks.

Computer Science Bibliographies
Contains more than 590,000 BibTeX references mostly of journal articles, conference papers and technical reports.

Computer Science Departments - WWW Virtual Library
Scan a compilation of computing and information-systems departments at universities worldwide.

C/C++ Users Journal
Presents the table of contents, select articles, archives and source code from the monthly journal for C and C++ programmers.

Dr. Dobb's Journal
Resource for software developers discusses all languages, platforms, and tools. Read sample articles or subscribe to the newsletter.

IEEE Standards
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers offers its FAQs, publication details, and committee information.

Slashdot - News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters.
Nonprofit offers comprehensive resources for programmers, with particular emphasis on Linux. Includes game links and industry news.


Computer Science Departments - WWW Virtual Library
Scan a compilation of computing and information-systems departments at universities worldwide.


Go Certify - Certification Central
Clearinghouse for computer operations certifications offers updates on new programs for computer professionals. Take mock exams and study up.


Programmers Vault
Dr. Dobb's specialty vault is full of technical and community resources for programmers. Includes links to the bookshop and the message board.


Gigantic and essential resource for Web designers and developers features a large selection of guides, tutorials, articles, tools and resources.


Carnegie Mellon Univ. - School of Computer Science
Find admissions info, research group details and overviews of the areas of study, which include artificial intelligence, systems and languages.


Stanford University - Computer Science Dept.
Learn about this top computer science department's degrees, courses, research groups, faculty and computer facilities.


Univ. of Washington - Computer Science & Engineering
Department offers details on the academic programs offered and specialty research areas, including artificial intelligence and networking.


University of Texas - Computer Science Dept.
Campus in Austin provides information on the academic programs for the Computer Sciences Department. Read about the facilities and research.

Computing Research Repository
Search or browse the assembled data on computer science at this point of collection for the ACM, NCSTRL, and Los Alamos e-Print Library.

World Lecture Hall
Links to faculties worldwide which are using the Web to deliver computer science class materials.

Bibliographic Projects & Resources
Identifies a number of major bibliographic efforts, including the LitServer union collection of Internet bibliographies.

Online Computing Journals
Index of computer journals, with abstracts of articles or full text available online.

Resources of Scholarly Societies
List of computer science groups and societies worldwide, maintained by the University of Waterloo, Canada.

US Computer Science Depts
List of US CS departments, organized by state. Maintained by the University of Texas.

About.com - Computing & Technology
About.com guide to computing and technology offers resources on networks, hardware, operating systems, programing, software, and careers.

Academic Info - Computer Science
See reference pages on computer science that have been culled and arranged by Academic Info. Includes languages, ethics and technical reports.

Computer & Communication Standards
Presents an extensive alphabetical index of computing and networking standards, with links to online references for each.

Chinese Computer Terminology
Provides a database for standard Chinese computer terminology for use in Hong Kong and internationally.

Company Profile

EDA, Incorporated provides quality-engineering services on time, on schedule and within budget.  EDA, Inc. is able to do this by performing the work correctly the first time. We accept the most challenging problems and look forward to working with the client as a team member.  EDA believes that the client should be an active participant in the work process to ensure that the product is commensurate with client expectations and is delivered within schedule and budget constraints.

EDA, Inc. belongs to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the Society of Instrument Control Engineers, Society of Professional Engineers (ISA) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

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