Computer Systems Engineer

Computer Systems Engineer

Computer systems engineers design complex systems based on computers, for use in a wide range of areas from robotics to avionic systems and multimedia applications. Because they work with both hardware and software, the role of a computer systems engineer is halfway between an electronics engineer and a software engineer/developer.

Computer systems engineers may be involved in:

  • Research and development of products such as telecommunications systems and computer-controlled appliances and healthcare products
  • Developing large computer systems that operate machinery
  • Designing and running navigation, communication and weapons systems for the Defence forces

Computer systems engineers generally earn:

  • $50-55,000 starting salary
  • $60-80,000 with a few years’ experience

Key tertiary qualifications:

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Calculus (required)
  • Physics (required)
  • English
  • Digital Technologies
  • Electronics

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Computer Systems Engineer: People who work in this role

  • Dany Rassam

    Maintenance Support Team Manager, Dany Rassam at work

    Andrew Liese

    Intelligent Transport Systems Engineer, Andrew Liese at work

    Terry Miller

    Research & Development Engineer, Terry Miller at work

    Greg Sumner

    Software Engineer, Greg Sumner at work
  • Leighton Duke

    Senior Systems Engineer, Leighton Duke at work

    Tom Pryde

    Hardware Engineer, Tom Pryde at work

    Adrian Jongenelen

    Research Scientist, Adrian Jongenelen at work

    Lisa Wong

    Software Engineer, Lisa Wong at work

Computer Systems Engineer: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • Engineers Without Borders New Zealand
    Engineers Without Borders New Zealand
    Airways New Zealand
    Airways New Zealand
    Sealord
    Sealord
    Catalyst
    Catalyst
  • Dynamic Controls
    Dynamic Controls
    Orion Health
    Orion Health
    Allied Telesis
    Allied Telesis
    Navico
    Navico
  • SLI Systems
    SLI Systems
    Marshall Day Acoustics
    Marshall Day Acoustics
    Datacom
    Datacom
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Beca
    Beca

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