Computer Engineering, and IT whats the difference?

-OverpoweR-

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Hello guys, in a month from now i will apply for college to Turkye and i am very troubled, i read some information about Computer Engineering and IT ,they both include programming and stuff, but i still dont know which one to pick, my idea of future career is more like, to be employed and yet,be able to create games of my own on my free time, never mind the time that it takes,but you get the general idea, i want to know programming,i want to create softwares for computers mobiles ect, (i've also heard about Software engineering but that field isnt offered in this scholarship,in case it opens up later,is it the better choice to make than both Computer Engineering and IT? ) ... i believe the helper has many experienced people in this field already, i hope i get an answer soon, thanks guys
 

s3rius

Linux is only free if your time is worthless.
I can't really advice you on this, but I know one thing:

Most companies nowadays are looking for people with theoretical skills. You need to know maths, you need to know statistics, you need to know about hardware and software in general.

Of course, when you want to apply for a programming orientated job you need to know how to program. But everyone who has chance of being employed will know how to. Additionally knowing the things mentioned above will allow you to distinguish yourself from the rest.

Also, in my opinion the best way to learn programming is to simply practise it. A proper education helps, but first-hand experience is best.

So don't focus on a course that is too much into programming and too little into the rest, even if you are looking to program in the future.
 

Slapshot136

Divide et impera
where I work the Engineering is more physical stuff (organizing servers/network cables physically, replacing hard drives, sizing virtual machines for CPU/memory/disk usage, managing upgrades of said machines, etc.) while the IT departments are more theoretical -> actual programing, and very rarely do they bother with performance requirements - the Engineering groups monitor the resource usage and upgrade accordingly, so unless the IT people plan on deploying something that will require lots of resources (and then they load test it to get an idea of how much more), there isn't much interaction - there are some issues in regards to HA and fail-over situations. - I would focus on the theory/IT part of it, the hardware stuff you can pickup by building a few computers of your own and tinkering at home - I would also suggest looking at some architecture/networking/integration/security training, as those are what will be more in demand in the field than traditional programming roles (which are likely to be outsourced)

as far as games go.. those I am not so good at, so others can comment, but as long as it's a hobby type thing, you should be fine with anything, as you will learn the rest of what you need independently.
 

-OverpoweR-

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Thank you very much for your input, but it got me confused a lot, let me simplify my problem after reviewing your opinions, so IT Department is the one that teaches you stuff about programming + other important stuff needed to get employed? while Computer Engineering remains a true specialized department Mostly about the Hardware parts of computer,networks and dealing with cables and stuff like that, have i understood you right?
 

Accname

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I am studying computer science and i can tell you, you will not learn programming there. At least not at my university. Its math, theory, logic, hardware and software concepts.
We have to teach ourselfs how to code. And thats actually not that hard. There are plenty of good tutorials online and also good books if you dont have a great internet connection.

Now, of course, it might be different at your university, but i doubt it.
 

-OverpoweR-

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Based on the courses i've seen to the provided scholarships, i have to say,they pretty much look like exatly what you just told me,regarding Computer Science, seems like IT will be a field where i would have more will to study and work on. Thanks for your input guys,much appreciated! ;)
 

Slapshot136

Divide et impera
Thank you very much for your input, but it got me confused a lot, let me simplify my problem after reviewing your opinions, so IT Department is the one that teaches you stuff about programming + other important stuff needed to get employed? while Computer Engineering remains a true specialized department Mostly about the Hardware parts of computer,networks and dealing with cables and stuff like that, have i understood you right?
at-least where I work, that is what those titles mean, but obviously both departments employ people, and the salaries are roughly equal for similar experience levels (but the IT department is MUCH bigger)
 

Varine

And as the moon rises, we shall prepare for war
One is an engineer, one is a technician. Computer engineering is more focused on the hardware and electronic components; software engineering deals with programming; computer science deals with the overview of the design process, and not on the specifics of actually BUILDING anything; IT is a general blanket term for anything related to informational technology and people typically employed in 'IT' are doing things like network and server maintenance.
 
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