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LED ZEPPELIN

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Hello everyone. I have a quick question.

I am studying to become a computer engineer. However, I can never get a straight answer as to what exactly they do except work on designing computers and software.

I enjoy building, working, researching and repairing computers. Is this the right career path for me? Right now, I am studying the electrical engineering aspect of the field. I started having doubts as to whether or not this is the right major for me.

Thanks for all the help, and any computer engineers who can shed some light on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Now this is certainly a gross simplification, but here's how each might apply to computers:

Electrical Engineers - How do we create faster gates? (MOS, BJT...etc)

Computer System Engineers - How do we create faster cpu's using those gates?

Computer Science - How do we create faster and more useful programs to run on those cpus?

Each one builds on the others, and there's quite a lot of overlap between them. I was in a simliar situation to you and I chose the EE route just because it was a better program then the CSE. And of course, even if you get your degree in one thing, you might wind up doing something completely different.

-Chris

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Thank you for the reply.

I'm currently looking into Database Administration Systems, Computer/Information Systems Manager and Computer Security Administrator.

I would go for a Comp. Info. Systems degree.

I think this may be more up my alley. I enjoy building computers, and maintaining/repairing them. I don't think I'm cut to design anything. I would be happy in an IT environment fixing problems with networks and servers and other things.

My advisor and professors never gave me straight answers. They were always vague. I'm still not quite sure what an average day is for a Computer Engineer but the CPU design thing doesn't sound like it's for me.

Thanks for the help. :)

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Thank you for the reply.

I'm currently looking into Database Administration Systems, Computer/Information Systems Manager and Computer Security Administrator.

I would go for a Comp. Info. Systems degree.

Yes, these are all majors where you USE computers but don't design them.

Electrical engineering is a very board field, even when you get a degree in computer engineering it is still a broad field. Very few computer electrical engineers design CPUs themselves. With that degree you could be designing smalled embedded processor systems for consumer electronics, telecommunications, NASA, you name it. And sure you could be in the personal computer industry designing chipsets, peripherals, and CPUs themselves.

I would say both directions you're looking at require good problem solving skills. IS will require less math and physics understanding than engineering and pay is probably less.

Have you also considered computer science (programming)?

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Thank you for the reply.

I'm currently looking into Database Administration Systems, Computer/Information Systems Manager and Computer Security Administrator.

I would go for a Comp. Info. Systems degree.

Yes, these are all majors where you USE computers but don't design them.

Electrical engineering is a very board field, even when you get a degree in computer engineering it is still a broad field. Very few computer electrical engineers design CPUs themselves. With that degree you could be designing smalled embedded processor systems for consumer electronics, telecommunications, NASA, you name it. And sure you could be in the personal computer industry designing chipsets, peripherals, and CPUs themselves.

I would say both directions you're looking at require good problem solving skills. IS will require less math and physics understanding than engineering and pay is probably less.

Have you also considered computer science (programming)?

Well, the designing of computers isn't as appealing to working, managing and maintaining them. I have considered computer science but I never was interested in code. I'm thinking with a CIS degree I'd have more job opportunities that I'd like. I'd love to manage servers, oversee repairs, and plan future network upgrades.

http://www.iseek.org/sv/13000.jsp?id=100495

I like the job description and every work activity listed is appealing. Much more so than engineering.

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Well, the designing of computers isn't as appealing to working, managing and maintaining them. I have considered computer science but I never was interested in code. I'm thinking with a CIS degree I'd have more job opportunities that I'd like. I'd love to manage servers, oversee repairs, and plan future network upgrades.

http://www.iseek.org/sv/13000.jsp?id=100495

I like the job description and every work activity listed is appealing. Much more so than engineering.

Sounds like you are more interested in the IT positions than the engineering positions. So CIS or MIS major is better for you.

That being said, there are sitll some CS/CE major that grown to the IT jobs, but at a much detailed level that what you are interested in. You wouldn't want to be EE major because you will have knowledge 100000x of what IT professional has, but u won't see any of your designs working in a marchitecture level. :(

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Thank you all very much. I think I will drop my current course and finish all my GE's and other requirements at this school, and transfer after my sophmore year to an IT Tech school. I think I would be better suited for the IT job as engineering isn't what I am inclined to do.

Thanks again for the help. I was very stressed out over the fact that I have until friday to drop the class and I wasn't sure if I still wanted to carry on in this major.

CIS or MIS is what I'll be looking into.

The money won't be as good, but I need to like my job :)

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CE, EE, CSE, CS are all very closely related field that you will frequently find one of each in a team of engineer, working on different aspect of the problem.

EE - ASIC design, PCB layout, RF issue, etc, etc

CE - digital logics, how to make circuit run efficiently for the application, i.e. what our EE need to design based on what the software will be running.

CSE, CS - how to design the software running on the hardware we designed.

It is all about where your strength and what your interest is.

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Thank you all very much. I think I will drop my current course and finish all my GE's and other requirements at this school, and transfer after my sophmore year to an IT Tech school. I think I would be better suited for the IT job as engineering isn't what I am inclined to do.

Thanks again for the help. I was very stressed out over the fact that I have until friday to drop the class and I wasn't sure if I still wanted to carry on in this major.

CIS or MIS is what I'll be looking into.

The money won't be as good, but I need to like my job :)

I think it is a very good idea to spend some time getting your GE's done, and probably the most helpful suggestion I have is to look into any programs that let you "shadow" someone in a field that you are interested. I know that my local University in conjunction with areas businesses allow students to spend a day "shadowing" someone as they go about their daily activities. If this isn't available in your area, look into intern positions.

Getting a good look at different career choices before you commit to a lot of time and effort in an educational path is invaluable in my mind.

Good luck!

-DC

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I've decided to stay with Computer Engineering. I figure I can always go down in the level of job, but heading upwards is hard without a high degree in the relative field. With Computer Engineering I think I would be able to get any job I wanted in computers. I'm planning on also getting my masters.

I figure busting my arse over four or five years is worth the degree in the long run.

I'm very interested in being an Information Technologies Specialist

Thanks for the help. :)

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