Computer Systems Engineering Professionals

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Job Prospects Openings 5 years to November 2019: < 5,000
Salary Range Median weekly earnings: $1301 to $1700 to Source: Australian Government Department of Employment 2015
Brief Computing systems, including hardware and software and the overview of these to see what improvements can be made to enable their more efficient running is a computer systems engineering associate's working domain.

There are approximately 600 computer systems engineering professionals in South Australia. Employment is largely full-time and most work in the Information Media and Telecommunications Industry. Most persons in this occupation are males. The median age for those employed in this occupation is 38 years.

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Computer systems engineering associates assist in the design, selection and installation of computer systems. They can assist organisations in the acquiring and setting up of affordable, workable data processing systems suitable for both current and projected needs. During the design phase, systems engineering associates envision the type of components and their interconnections, in order to build a computing system that meets the client's needs and specifications. Once this is established, systems engineering associates select the hardware and software components and peripherals (accessories) needed to achieve the most effective system.

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Education Requirements

Of those currently employed 43% have Bachelor Degrees; 16% have either an Advanced Diploma or a Diploma; 18% have either a Certificate III or IV; and 19% have no post school qualifications. In order for you to have the best possible chance of finding employment it is recommended that you gain the available qualifications.

TAFE SA offers courses relevant to this occupation including the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering. Pathways include the Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair and Certificate III in Computer Systems Equipment.

Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest and most successful pathways towards a University Degree. Dual offer courses are available to TAFE SA and Flinders University in the Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering/Bachelor of Engineering Science or the Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering/Bachelor of Engineering Science.

SA Apprenticeships are available in this occupation for further information go to the Traineeship & Apprenticeship Services Website at or phone the Freecall number 1800 673 097.

Career Path

There are several factors which look set to contribute to a very positive employment outlook for computer systems engineering associates. These include:

A continuing expansion of electronic data processing in business, telecommunications, scientific research, utilities and government and the increasing sophistication and complexity of computers.

Size and cost of computers falling encouraging more small business to computerise their operations.

Capacity for data storage and processing becoming greater than ever. ยท Companies attempting to maximise the efficiency of their computer systems.

The continued expansion of computer-controlled appliances into industry, offices and the home.

This is a dynamic growth industry with opportunities for working for companies or setting up for self-employment. Long term employment prospects are good.

Nature of the Job

Computer systems involves the application of electronics to computers and the accessories that connect to computers but it also includes an understanding of the programming that is required to make the electronics in the computer work. Today, computers are used to operate many of the items we use in every day life. Cars, telephone systems, trains, television and radio stations are just some of these. This specialist area of engineering is based on electrical engineering and computer science.

According to Michael, a computer systems engineering associate, systems engineers first liaise with clients to determine the client's needs. From here they can determine what the new component or system needs to do before actually designing and then testing components. Then the various components are fitted together and tested to ensure they function properly. A written report on the finished product would be the final phase of the design process. Documentation is essential in a system engineer's work and includes documenting any installation and maintenance of software and network connectivity problems.

Michael says that any number of major activities are undertaken in building a computing system. However, some of the more common tasks include the design and development of electronic controllers for automated processes, including robotics; the design and development of new and efficient systems architecture, including both hardware and software components; configuring local area network servers and workstations; and overseeing the installation and testing of application software and computer peripherals (such as printers, modems, scanners, or digital cameras) on a number of workstations and servers.

Typical Physical Working Environment

A combination of intellectual, practical and interpersonal skills are useful to systems engineers. They must be able to understand and analyse technical and business problems and to develop creative yet workable solutions. An understanding of hardware as well as software will enable those people interested in this job to do it well. In this occupation you will also come to rely on excellent communication skills because aside from clients, systems engineers also liaise with engineers across a host of other disciplines, as well as programmers, business owners and top-level corporate executives.

Typical Occupational Example

Many computer systems engineering associates work in the private sector with computing manufacturing and service companies, business consulting firms, the information systems divisions of companies and a wide range of government activities. They also find employment in the telecommunications industry and in any industry that seeks to introduce, maintain or develop automated processes.

Further information:

Australian Computer Society
Phone: (08) 8363 6660

Technology Industry Association
Phone: (08) 8272 5222

Further Information

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