Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (NOC 2147)

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Occupation related to information and communications technology

Nature of work

Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) research, plan, design, develop, modify, evaluate and integrate computer and telecommunications hardware and related equipment, and information and communication system networks including mainframe systems, local and wide area networks, fibre-optic networks, wireless communication networks, intranets, the Internet and other data communications systems. They are employed by computer and telecommunication hardware manufacturers, by engineering, manufacturing and telecommunications firms, in information technology consulting firms, by governmental, educational and research institutions and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Main duties

  • Computer and telecommunications hardware engineers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Analyze user's requirements, and design and develop system architecture and specifications
  • - Research, design, develop and integrate computer and telecommunications hardware such as microprocessors, integrated circuit boards and semiconductor lasers
  • - Develop and conduct design verification simulations and prototype bench tests of components
  • - Continued…
  • - Supervise, inspect and provide design support during the manufacturing, installation and implementation of computer and telecommunications hardware
  • - Establish and maintain relationships with suppliers and clients
  • - May lead and co-ordinate teams of engineers, technologists, technicians and drafters in the design and development of computer and telecommunications hardware.
  • Network system and data communication engineers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Research, design and develop information and communication system network architecture
  • - Research, evaluate and integrate network system and data communication hardware and software
  • - Assess, document and optimize the capacity and performance of information and communication system networks
  • - May lead and co-ordinate teams of design professionals in the development and integration of information and communication system architecture, hardware and software.
  • * Computer engineers may specialize in a number of areas including analog and digital signal processing, fibre optics, integrated circuits, lasers, microprocessors, microwaves and radio astronomy.

Employment requirements

  • * Computer engineers require a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, electrical or electronics engineering, engineering physics or computer science.
  • * A master's or doctoral degree in a related engineering discipline may be required.
  • * Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • * Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

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