Computer Engineer (SA)
Education and Training:
To become a computer engineer you usually have to study electronic, computer, computer systems or software engineering at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your SACE. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, chemistry, physics and mathematics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member's career develops. Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their websites for more details.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
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- Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
- Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Computer Science
- Bachelor of Engineering - Computer Systems (Honours) *
- Bachelor of Engineering - Computer Systems (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Engineering - Computer Systems (Honours) / Bachelor of Finance
- Bachelor of Engineering - Computer Systems (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
- Bachelor of Engineering - Software (Honours) *
- Bachelor of Engineering - Telecommunications (Honours)
- Bachelor of Engineering - Telecommunications (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Engineering - Telecommunications (Honours) / Bachelor of Finance
- Bachelor of Engineering - Telecommunications (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
- Graduate Certificate in Computer Science
- Graduate Certificate in Engineering - Computer Systems Engineering
- Graduate Certificate in Engineering - Electrical Power Engineering
- Graduate Diploma of Engineering - Computer Systems Engineering
- Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
- Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice - Computer Systems Engineering
- Master of Engineering - Computer Systems Engineering
- Master of Engineering - Microsystems Technology
- Master of Science - Computer Science
- Master of Software Engineering
Computer engineers can work in IT-specific industries, which can be large or small, as well as in other industries requiring IT expertise. Computer engineers are often employed by equipment vendors and work closely on client hardware and software installation, and also provide general product support. With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment.
For Further Information:
Careers Centre, Engineers Australia
Engineer Your Career
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