Computers are the backbones of the 21st century world and all big and small companies need computers. This means that each company needs people who understand the hardware and software of computers. This is where an IT engineer comes into the picture. An IT engineer works to develop, test, install, configure and troubleshoot computer hardware and software. It also includes creating tools for other employers in a company to understand and use the tools.
WHAT DOES AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENGINEER DO?
An IT engineer has a variety of jobs in domains from development of apps, websites etc. to finding errors in the products made by other IT engineers (yes! that’s a real job).
To get a fair idea of the things an Information Technology Engineer does have a look at the table below:
Example problems from your day-to-day life
An Information Technology Engineer…
|You want to play more games like Temple run, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, etc.||Creates games and applications for smartphones.|
|A bank needs solutions to manage its accounting and cash management.||Creates and maintains solutions for banks in the form of software and hardware adjustments.|
|A retail company wants to set up an e-commerce division||Creates the website layout to display the shop, and configures payment gateways and tracking mechanisms, and trains the company on the maintenance of the website.|
|A company needs to set up internal communication networks and internet servers||Is responsible for implementing, maintaining, supporting, developing and, in some cases, designing communication networks within an organisation or between organisations.|
TOP GLOBAL COMPANIES WHICH HIRE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERS
KEY QUALITIES REQUIRED
Since Information Technology Engineers deal with many non-technical people – their team members, people from other departments in their organization or people from different organizations, companies look for following qualities during recruitment:
- Organization – Information Technology Engineers oversee contractors and laborers. Being able to organize several people at once is important for the success of an I.T. Engineers job.
- Patience– A lot of Information Technology Engineering jobs require enormous site visits which can be tiring at times. The Information Technology Engineer must be patient in dealing with such cases.
- Passion for Code- Programming isn’t for the uninterested. You must have a passion for code, developing it from a purely scientific skill into a craft or an art. Building code is much like developing a painting, a sculpture, or a symphony. With the popularity of Open Source, you don’t have to be alone in code creation — the ability to work with software engineers and developers from around the world is possible through the Internet.
- Willing to Leverage Existing Code- Why invent the wheel when it’s already working? Life is too short to continuously invent new codes and libraries. Reuse of internal infrastructure, use of third-party libraries, and leveraging web-scale services such as the ones offered by Amazon, are marks of a software genius.
FAMOUS I.T. ENGINEERS
HOW TO BECOME AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENGINEER?
Step 1 : Choose Science with Mathematics after 10th (PCM) and prepare for Engineering Entrance Exams–
As the name suggests, becoming an Information technology engineer requires studying “Engineering”. Most of the colleges require students to compulsorily take Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics during 10+2.
All engineering colleges in India admit students on the basis of competitive entrance exams – JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, MHT CET, ComedK as of February 2017. Currently, score in JEE Mains is also used by many States, (e.g., Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh etc) for admission to government and private engineering colleges at the state level.
Step 2 : Take admission in Information Technology Engineering or related Engineering disciplines
- Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.)/Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in IT – This is a 4-year undergraduate course. The course is divided into eight semesters, and the degree is awarded after completion of a four-year program. The degree is conferred by government and private institutions, as well as a host of other prestigious institutes (both public and privately funded) for their professional engineering programs. Admission to the program is done through a nationwide entrance test (JEE Mains and JEE Advanced).
- B.Sc IT– This is a three-year course which awards a B.Sc degree at the end of the program. Some universities even offer a B.Sc IT course either through regular programs or through distance-learning courses. However, there is not much as demand for the B.Sc. course as there is for the B.Tech or B.E IT courses.
EXPLORE THE FIELD
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