How to become a systems engineer

Collaborate with IT professionals to design and implement computer systems.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering or related fields such as engineering, information technology or computer science.
  2. Secure an internship and gain relevant experience in the field. It may open the door to a lasting mentorship from qualified engineers.
  3. Join relevant industry bodies so you're always on-top of the latest news and opportunities.

What does a systems engineer do?

Duties and tasks

  • Plan, develop, deploy and improve computer network and system services.
  • Install upgrades to existing software and hardware.
  • Research and analyse complex system designs and architecture specifications, data models and diagrams in the development, configuration and integration of computer systems.
  • Analyse network infrastructure and systems to ensure they are configured to operate at optimal efficiency.
  • Provide ongoing technical support, troubleshooting and fault-finding services for network problems.
  • Advise on improvements to network operations and integrated hardware, software, communications and operating systems.

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