What it takes to be a computer hardware expert

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Hardware architects complement software engineers in making the whole system work

Hardware experts are especially responsible for networking and troubleshooting issues that crop up. Naing Wynn Htoon / The Myanmar TimesHardware experts are especially responsible for networking and troubleshooting issues that crop up. Naing Wynn Htoon / The Myanmar Times

Software engineers and designers have been in the forefront of computer technology creating applications that have changed the way we play, work and do business.

But it also takes hardware engineers to make a computer system work.

For a computer system to work well it takes both hardware and software experts to make it all come together.

The hardware component is just as important as the software and it takes time for one to acquire the skills to pursue a profession in hardware engineering.

Hardware tech

Generally, hardware entails repairing and maintaining the physical components of a computer in order for it to function well. It includes knowledge of raw computer components and their accessories, networking, troubleshooting and expertise in the overall function of a computer.

While computers and mobile phones are fast replacing paperwork in the Myanmar economy, job opportunities in the hardware sector are not forthcoming.

There are two types of hardware job openings: hardware expert and the freelance professional.

A freelance professional is one who runs his or her own service center and gives hardware-related services to individuals, video game shops and to small or large companies.

Permanent professionals are sometimes called IT experts or IT managers. They are often given the job title of Network expert or Network professional.

Expert knowledge

They have to deal with the installation of an operating system and the related software as well as provide total solutions for networking performance and issues.

They are especially responsible for networking and troubleshooting issues that crop up.

Those who want to begin a career in hardware can start with studying self-study books or attend online tutorials.

They can also attend the training courses and get on the job training (OJT) at professional hardware service centers.

After being trained, an individual will have the basic knowledge and experience to run a small service center. However, to become a professional who can take charge of big tasks, one needs to pass relevant examinations and get the related certification.

Where and what

There are over 30 training schools that teach A+ hardware courses in Myanmar.

For local jobs, A+ certificate or any Microsoft OS certificate will do. However, for overseas careers, Linux OS certificates and related certificates are required.

To become an A+ certified technician, one will have to sit for CompTIA A+ 220-901 and CompTIA A+ 220-902 subjects. The 901 subject deals with computer hardware, mobile hardware, networking, troubleshooting and network connection.

It also covers cyber security and cloud computing issues in addition to installing, repairing and maintaining operating systems like Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux.

The A+ exams are conducted via a set of multiple choice questions (single and multiple response) and drag and drop options.

In order to be a good professional hardware expert, individuals need to constantly update their knowledge base and keep attending courses on the latest developments.

This may open doors to the international market where such jobs are in high demand.

Translation by Zaw Nyunt

Source: Myanmar Times

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