Computer Engineering Related FAQ

1.    What is computer engineering?

Since engineering is the application of the principles of basic science to the solving of problems within constraints (that is, building things!), computer engineering is engineering applied to computers and computer-based systems. In other words, computer engineers build computers such as PCs, workstations, and supercomputers.

2.    What set of skills do I need to be a computer engineer?

All scientists and engineers need a firm foundation in basic science and math. They also need to be able to work in teams and to communicate their ideas both verbally and in writing. Computer engineers specifically are comfortable with both hardware and software.

3.    What job opportunities are there for computer engineers?

Computer engineers work for computer companies such as Intel, HP, and Texas Instruments, and also in industries that build or use computer-based systems, such as telecommunications, automotive, aerospace, etc. Many computer engineers also get jobs as programmers.

4.    Why are there two different computer engineering plans?

Computer engineering is a very broad field. For example, computer engineers who build high-speed circuits within the latest microprocessors are basically electrical engineers with some knowledge of computers. On the other hand, computer engineers who build, say, data acquisition systems, need to know much more about the design of software systems but less about low-level circuit analysis.

5.    Which computer engineering plan is better?

The job markets have been—and are expected to continue to be—excellent for both types of computer engineers. Both can lead to very interesting and rewarding careers. You should choose according to your preference.

6.    Why is computer engineering in the same department as electrical engineering?

As long as computers are built out of electronic circuits, computer and electrical engineering will be closely related. As to why computer engineering and computer science are typically in two different departments  can be attributed to accidents of history and to opinions held by some that the disciplines are broad enough that you have to separate them somewhere.

7.    What's the difference between computer engineering and computer science?

Computer engineers build hardware while computer scientists generally do not. However, computer scientists certainly know enough about hardware to analyze computer system operations and to interact with hardware engineers.
Computer scientists know more about underlying theory of computation, programming languages, and operating systems. While computer engineers often work as programmers, most system level programs such as programming languages and operating systems are designed by computer scientists

8.    Are women successful in computer engineering?

Surely, women can be successful in any field, they are not allowed to progress in many cultures due to the male dominance. Otherwise, women are as capable as men.

9.    How do job prospects compare for the various computer related degrees?

Job markets can change radically in just a few years, so there are never any guarantees. That being said, all computer related majors are very much in demand and have been for a long time.   

10.    Network Security Engineering” vs “computer software engineering”, Which degree is better to do on the basis of scope and skills?    

For the most part all degrees are created equal. It doesn't so much matter what the degree is in as long as you have one. Now that said, having a degree doesn't mean a whole lot once you have some real world experience under your belt.

11.    Can anyone be an engineering student?

In India, students who have opted Science in their Higher Secondary, and have a valid state or national entrance score can attend the engineering program.
State Entrance exams give the students to join college that are affiliated to the universities in the state itself.
Whereas, exams like the AIEEE, the IIT-JEE gives you more flexibility and opens the doors of IITs NITs and other Colleges that consider the JEE score.
Tailor made exam of special colleges like the BITS, VIT and so on is valid only for those colleges.

12.    Is an engineering degree good preparation for medical school?

This may sound paradoxical in the Indian concept, because, The Medical and Engineering professions are the two main stream professional degress sought after in India. So, in India, mostly, students who want to go to Med School, just do that right away. But, that may be not the case in abroad.
In fact, nearly 25% of  engineering students go on to medical school each year. Engineering practical approach to quantitative problem solving is excellent preparation for medical school.

13.    When can I start doing research? How do I get started?

For most students, research is a way to explore areas of special interest in a particular discipline of engineering. By the time students become juniors, they have begun to choose some specialization through their coursework and we find this is a great time to begin to engage in research.

14.    How much money can I expect to make as an engineer?

Engineers are the foundation of today’s economy—there will always be a need for skilled engineers in industry, academia, government and humanitarian non-profit organizations. Plus, keep in mind that an engineering background provides students with much sought after problem-solving skill sets that launch careers in finance, business, law and entrepreneurship among others

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