Barbara and Ken have shared some good information with you. I want to add that, although computer engineers do many different things depending on their specific role, they do all have one thing in common. They all use a process method to ensure success and connect their work with the overall system of product development at their company. By process method, I mean they look at what they do in steps and evaluate how they can improve. A process always has inputs (things the engineer needs to do their process), suppliers (people or organizations who provide the inputs), a core process (the steps the engineer takes to do their job), outputs (the things the engineer achieves and provides to the company), and customers (people or organizations who receive something positive from the engineer's work). All engineers need to understand what they do as a process and how to add the most value to the development process at their company. I recommend you study about processes and systems. This will help you understand what a computer engineer does on a deeper level and will give you a head start on a career in this field. Good luck and much success to you Gillian !
Andrew recommends the following next steps:
- Study about processes. Use google to search to find articles on SIPOC (suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, customers). This will give you a solid understanding of processes.
- Study about systems. Use google search to find articles on systems. For computer engineering, look for product development systems and quality management systems. This will help you understand how all the processes fit together to develop computers.