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Introduction to Computer Engineering

With the advancement of technology, computers are now used by many industries ranging from healthcare to the industrial sector. Computers help humans perform tasks efficiently while saving costs with their abilities to store extensive data and perform complex calculations.

Computer Engineering is a mixture of computer programming and electrical engineering. Engineers move seamlessly between both areas to create computer systems and networks, which means they must be equipped with the knowledge of programming, digital signals, wiring, and electrical components.

Some subjects covered in a computer engineering program are Computer Programming and Engineering Graphics, Electrical, Logical, and Circuit Design, Control Systems Design, and Hardware Description Language. Although they seem intimidating, you will soon get a hang of these subjects and even master hands-on skills like assembling computer hardware!

Fields of Computer Engineering

There are four fields of Computer Engineering that you can choose from as your major. You can pick from these specializations:

Computer Hardware

Ever wondered why gaming laptops and computers operate much faster than regular ones? This is due to the usage of faster and advanced hardware. Hardware is the core element in building a computer that operates based on commands directed by the software. You will be handling a lot of electrical components such as semiconductors, microprocessors, motherboards, CPUs, and many more.

Computer Network

Computers have evolved over the years and can now perform complicated tasks due to network connection, namely the Internet. This field is mostly about establishing a connection between computers and the Internet while allowing communication between computers and many other devices. Computer networking involves working with routers, Internet ports, network operating systems (NOS), and local operating systems (LOS), among many others.

Software Development

Without software, a computer is just an empty shell. Software is the complete opposite of hardware: it refers to the usage of programs, systems, instructions, and scripts to help a computer execute various tasks. In Software Development, you will learn about project management, quality assurance, and software testing.

Artificial Intelligence

Siri, Netflix, and Alexa are common names in the Artificial intelligence (AI) field. AI integrates human intelligence into machines that are programmed to mimic problem-solving, learning, and reasoning skills that humans have. The application of artificial intelligence has improved our quality of life, helping us save time and cost while increasing productivity. You will learn different concepts in artificial intelligence such as machine learning, natural language processing, and probability theory.

What are the skills needed?

Technical Skills – Being tech-savvy is a must in this field! Computer engineers spend most of their time working with hardware and software components. It is important to familiarise yourself with the basics of multiple operating systems (Windows and Mac) and technical languages (HTML, CSS, C++, and JavaScript).

You’re a Math Whiz – You master numbers and calculations like a breeze. Computer engineering requires engineers to have strong mathematical skills to ensure accuracy and precision in each layer of the production process.

Versatile – Computer engineering plays a vital role in most technology due to the use of microprocessors. Besides computers, you should be adaptable to various kinds of technology of different sizes, ranging from smartphones to vehicles.

How long will I study this program?

The study duration could vary from one institute to another. However, as a general estimate, we have compiled a general estimate of the duration according to the study levels and qualifications.

  • Foundation/Diploma: 1 – 2 Years
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 3 Years
  • Master’s: 2 – 4 Years
  • PhD: 1 Year

What are the entry requirements for this qualification?

  • Degree:
    • STPM: CGPA 2.00 in three 3 subjects or equivalent
    • A-Levels: 2 principal passes or equivalent including Mathematics
    • SAM: Tertiary Entrance Rank of 70, Grade B in 2 of the relevant subjects
    • CPU: Average of 70% in 6 of the relevant subjects
    • UEC: Grade B in at least five (5) subjects
  • Master’s:
    • A relevant Bachelor’s Degree with honours or equivalent
  • PhD:
    • A Master’s Degree in relevant field with evidence of adequate research or work experiences to satisfaction of Senate

What are the job opportunities?

  • Computer Design Engineer
  • Software Applications Engineer
  • Operation Systems and Network Engineer
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer

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