In the last couple of decades, computer engineering has emerged as one of the most sought after professions in India; with the advent of the ‘Digital India’ program, the need and demand for computer engineers will rise. There are two types of computer engineers - hardware engineer and software engineer. Hardware engineering involves the manufacturing and installation of computer chips, circuit boards etc. Software engineers are responsible for designing and developing software programming.
|Diploma in Computer Engineering||Class 10||3 years|
|B.E. / B.Tech||Class 10 + 2 (PCM) + Entrance Exam||4 years|
|M.E. / M.Tech.||B.E./B.Tech + Entrance Exam||2 years|
|PhD / Doctorate Course||M.E./M.Tech||3 - 5 years|
Depending on the type of institute/quota/degree, fees can range from INR 10 thousand to INR 10 lakhs per year, excluding lodging and boarding.
The following are the opportunities available for computer engineers in various fields:
Database engineers manage a company's flow of information. They design and maintain a database that provides informative and relevant data to other employees within the organization. Database engineers may be employed by financial services firms, healthcare providers and other companies that make use of large amounts of information.
An ethical hacker is a computer and networking expert who systematically, legitimately and with the company's permission, attempts to penetrate a computer system or network to find security vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could potentially exploit. They use the same methods and techniques to test and bypass a system's defenses as their less-principled counterparts.
A computer engineer in the IT sector designs, installs, analyses and implements computer systems or networks. They may also work to ensure that the existing network is effective and determine how it should evolve to meet new requirements of the organization or business.
A software computer engineer is responsible for developing, testing and evaluating the software that makes our computers work. They may help in the development of new computer games, business applications or even in the design of entirely new operating systems.
Computer hardware engineers are responsible for the hardware configuration of a computer. They update systems by improving the components, layout, and design of a computer for increased efficiency. They are expected to increase the speed and function of the computer. They also design the most compact and cost-effective model possible.
The role of computer engineers in the multimedia field is very important. Multimedia can be recorded and played, displayed, dynamic, interacted with, or accessed by information content processing devices, such as computerized and electronic devices, but can also be part of a live performance. Multimedia devices are electronic media devices used to store and experience multimedia content.
A web designer creates the look, layout, and features of a website. The job involves understanding both graphic design and computer programming. Once a website is created, a designer helps with maintenance and additions to the website. They work with development teams or managers for keeping the site up-to-date and prioritizing needs, among other tasks.
Gaming engineers are specialized software engineers who design and program video games. Gaming engineers work with teams of developers on the entire process of creating a video game.
A network engineer has the responsibility for setting up, developing and maintaining computer networks within an organisation or between organisations. They offer support to users, who can be staff, clients, customers and suppliers and troubleshoot any problems that arise. This may, in some cases, involve designing new networks including computer, voice, firewall and video conferencing.