COMPUTER ENGINEER

Question:

What does a Computer Engineer do?

Answer:

A Computer Engineer handles the hardware [physical parts] and firmware [mixture of software and hardware] aspects of electronics[digital and analogue] system. Computer Engineering is the meeting point between Electronics Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Question:

What does it take to be a Computer Engineer?

Answer:

At secondary school level, you have to be a science student and offer courses like Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and other science related subjects and at least have a credit pass in them at the SSCE level. For your JAMB, you have to do Mathematics, English, Physics and Chemistry. You have to meet the cut-off of your chosen school and in addition, pass the Post-JAMB exams organised by your school of choice.

 

Question:

How many years does it take to become a Computer Engineer? Answer: It takes 5 years of academic work in most of the schools in Nigeria. Out of these 5 years, you have to do industrial attachment or training after the end of your part 3 examinations as well as after the first semester of your part 4. Question: After graduation what next?

Answer:

You are expected to go for one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps program. You may then decide what you want to do after this. At this stage, you have more of theoretical knowledge than practical knowledge, so what is best for you is to seek for a way to increase your practical know-how.

 

Question:

What further education can be taken as a Computer Engineer?

Answer:

Depending on his area of interest, he has a choice to g0 further on the following discipline; System analysis, Robotics, computer engineering and computer aided manufacturing, micro-electronics and hardware design, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, telecommunication engineering, biomedical engineering.

Question:

What career opportunities are there for the computer engineer?

Answer:

There are a lot of career opportunities open to the computer engineer especially in the fast growing telecommunications industry. They also have opportunities in the manufacturing industry where they can help to support the automated machineries in use there.

 

Question:

What are the challenges in the profession?

Answer:

The field of computer engineering is one the least developed fields in the country. For this reason, most graduates of computer engineering end up not practicing what they studied while in school and this seem to be the greatest challenge. However, the future of looks obviously bright going by the current trend in the country. Basically the advice I will give to the younger ones hoping to study Computer Engineering is to rather study Electronics Engineering or computer science for their first degree and later specialize in one of the fields of computer engineering for their masters degree.

 

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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