hardware engineer to software engineer program

Hardware Engineer to Software Engineer

Make the career switch into software engineering in less than a year.
Gain the skills, foundations, and experience to become a software engineer at Tier 1 tech companies.
Programming Skills

Gain a foundational and vital understanding of software before specializing in the area of your choice.

21st-century Skills

Develop essential skills in problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and empathy.


Optional last-mile training available to help candidates gain 6-12 months of work experience to access entry-level jobs.

hardware engineer to software engineer program

What sets us apart

Our programs use 100% active learning. Engineers like doing, making, breaking, and fixing, which is partly why our program is well suited to hardware engineers looking to switch into software. We enable you to make use of your engineering background and to go as fast as you want through our curriculum.

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Entry requirements

For this particular program, we expect participants to have at least a degree related to hardware engineering OR 3-5 years of work experience in hardware engineering. It's important to have an understanding of problem solving, structured thinking, and some mathematics in order to complete this program in the standard timeframe.

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Our Approach to Learning

Project-based learning

Projects are based on real world problems and challenges that are designed to develop fundamental technical skills. Projects grow in difficulty, complexity, and size. Most students enjoy the challenge of having to solve a problem and find it more motivating and (let’s be honest) less boring than a lecture or online video.

Practice & Repetition

Confidence is directly related to what you’re capable of and what you know you can do, which is why practice and repetition are important. We use weekly and daily exercises as a means for students to practice the skills they’re developing. Practice helps reduce anxiety, especially during interviews.

Role Play

We use role play to develop soft skills such as job negotiations or conflict resolution. We also use role play in technical interview practice where participants will both be the interviewee and the interviewer. This dual-sided perspective is unique to our program & helps build better interviewees.


Changing career, learning new material, and getting a job can be tough and an emotional rollercoaster. We’re here to build a supportive learning community to help you own your transition into a software engineer role.

Commitment and Workload

Our course is designed to last 6 months full time or 9-12 months part-time. If students want to specialize in web, mobile, and app development, they can complete the course in 7-9 months, depending on the speed of their progression.

Currently, this program is available in the San Francisco Bay Area – please contact us for additional details.

Full-time students are expected to commit at least 40 hours a week to learning and we strongly encourage students to complete their work on-campus. Since most of the work are group projects, students are more efficient, motivated, and learn more when they’re in community on campus. Part-time students are expected to commit 10-20 hours per week, depending on how quickly they advance.


What to Expect


Learn by Doing

Being good at technical interviews isn’t something you’ll learn by reading a book or watching a video. You need to DO them!

Mastery-based Learning

We use mastery-based learning: you need to master the 12 subject areas covered in technical interviews. The point isn’t to pass; it’s to be confident and able to use the skills required for software engineer jobs.

Hardware Engineer to Software Engineer Curriculum

Required Fundamentals

All students are required to understand the basics of computer programming, starting with lower level languages such as C, and moving to higher level languages. This gives students a fundamental understanding of each language’s architecture, syntax, and strengths, and empowers them not only to learn another language quickly, but to truly understand how to problem solve when something isn’t working when using higher level languages.

Mobile, and App Development

Students will cover the foundations of computer programming before focusing on programming frameworks, system admin for deployment, cloud infrastructure, security, and front-end and back-end programming. Languages and tools covered include C, Rails, Django, NodeJS, Javascript, CSS, HTML, Apache, Nginx, MongoDB, Redis and more.


Students become well-rounded and cover foundations before shifting to architecture, cloud infrastructure and tools, scripting, Kubernetes, security, and tools/languages including Python, Ruby, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Apache, MondoDB, Postgres, Django, Javascript, and more.

AI and Machine Learning

Students cover the foundations of programming, cloud infrastructure, data science, machine learning, algorithms, data structures, and advanced software architecture, putting all together to build real-world AI & ML applications based in the cloud that process data quickly & securely.

Cloud & Data Engineering

After coving the fundamentals, students combine software architecture with cloud architecture, learning how to build applications directly on the cloud using existing tools. This naturally includes covering use of big data and data engineering techniques combined with data science and memory management.

Data Science

Building on programming foundations, this curriculum covers data structures, algorithms, databases, software architecture, cloud architecture, and the technical and mathematical elements of data science. Students also complete projects that focus on user experience, context, business use case and the cost of processing data.


Students will have a series of projects to complete each season. These are problems and challenges to build software based on certain requirements and restrictions.

One example of a project would be to build a task-management software with tags, permissions, and a basic user interface.

Projects will be reviewed by those who have already passed the project to ensure your code is up to speed and for you to receive feedback on your work. This is part of the learning process.


Each week, participants will have 1-5 coding exercises to complete. These are accessed through our software in which students can complete the exercises.

Exercises will be auto-graded as well as reviewed to ensure your code is up to speed and for you to receive feedback on your work. This is part of the learning process.

We have over 900 exercises in our library with thousands of test cases!

Software Engineer Program Information


Students in our full-time programs are expected to commit to 40 hours a week and actively working with their group members to complete their projects. Students in a part-time program are expected to complete around 10-20 hours per week, depending on the program’s flexibility and requirements.


In our San Francisco Bay Area location, this program costs $490 per month.

Application Process

This program is currently only open to applicants in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Applicants should contact Qwasar directly.

We are in the process of expanding and providing the program online as well.