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Why Computer Engineering? 

Computer engineers are electrical engineers that have additional knowledge in software design and hardware-software integration. Graduates are prepared to work on a variety of applications including circuit design, microprocessor design, software engineering, and embedded systems — the integration of computer systems into other kinds of systems such as appliances, robots or motor vehicles.

The ABET-accredited Computer Engineering and Systems program at UW Tacoma prepares students with the theoretical and practical foundations needed to solve problems in all aspects of computing.  Our majors work together to find innovative solutions to real-world problems. 

See how UW Tacoma computer engineering and GIS students are collaborating with the Tacoma Fire Department to find ways to 1) Improve citizen preparedness for earthquakes, and 2) Improve firefighter safety by developing technology to track the paths of firefighters inside buildings and monitor conditions as the firefighters work in hazardous environments. 

Check out more CES program videos featuring students and faculty. 

Job Outlook

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

"Employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. A limited number of engineers will be needed to meet the demand for new computer hardware because more technological innovation takes place with software than with hardware. However, demand may grow for hardware engineers as more industries outside of the computer and electronic product manufacturing industry begin to research and develop their own electronic devices. Thus, although declining employment in the manufacturing industries that employ many of these workers will impede the growth of this occupation, computer hardware engineers should be less affected than production occupations because firms are less likely to outsource this type of work.

An increase in hardware startup firms and the ongoing increase in devices with computer chips embedded in them, such as household appliances, medical devices, and automobiles, may lead to some job growth for computer hardware engineers."

According to the 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics by BLS, the annual mean salary for computer hardware engineers in Washington State is $117,840.