Systems Engineer

Systems engineers are mainly responsible for coordinating all the computer-related systems available in a company. They work closely with database administrators, and develop and change databases to ensure an environment that is streamlined and automated.

Systems engineers are also responsible for the integration of systems and maintenance of the system flow. They must have extensive knowledge in a similar environment where functions such as engineering, development and the integration of systems are central to the company concerned.

Advanced knowledge of database design is essential to be a successful candidate for this career. Systems engineers also integrate databases with all their tables and information into the technical hardware used by the company. This takes place in conjunction with the network administrator.

Systems engineers work closely with the development team in an office environment, occasionally visiting server and backup rooms to ensure that the complete system is engineered in a successful and automated way.

Some examples of such systems are water and food distribution networks, experimental manned space flights and military defence programmes. Systems engineers also work on telephone systems, electrical power systems, and sewage systems.

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

  • National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
  • National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.

What to Study

Degree: useful courses would be Computer Science - Software, Programming, Electrical / Electronic Engineering, Network Systems, Database Management etc. e.g. UP, Wits, NMMU, US, UZ, UNISA

Diploma: CUT, CPUT, TUT, VUT.


  • government agencies
  • computer companies
  • any large corporate company that needs a dedicated coordinator / engineer to maintain its IT environment.

Further Information

Any of the above-mentioned potential employers.

Getting Started

  • read up as much as you can about systems engineering
  • speak to a systems engineer and ask about the possibility of part-time or holiday work

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