21311 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)


21311 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
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.


Index of titles
Application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design engineer
Capacity planning analyst
Computer engineer
Computer engineer (except software)
Computer engineering project manager
Computer hardware engineer
Computer systems engineer
Computer telecommunications specialist
Data communications specialist
Fibre-optic network designer
Hardware circuit board designer
Hardware design engineer
Hardware development engineer
Hardware engineer
Hardware technical architect
Information technology (IT) solutions engineer
Infrastructure architect - information technology (IT)
Microprocessor designer and application engineer
Microwave systems engineer
Microwave transmission systems engineer
Network architect - computer systems
Network designer - computer systems
Network engineer - communication hardware
Network infrastructure engineer
Network specialist - computer systems
Network support engineer
Network systems engineer
Network test engineer
Optical communications engineer
Optical communications hardware engineer
Optical systems engineer - telecommunications
Radio systems engineer
Satellite data transmission engineer
Spacecraft electronics engineer - hardware
Systems designer - hardware
Technical architect - hardware
Telecommunications engineer
Telecommunications hardware engineer
Telecommunications hardware specialist
Telecommunications specialist - computer systems
Telecommunications systems specialist
Wireless communications network engineer


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Computer and telecommunications hardware engineers
Analyze user 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
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 coordinate teams of engineers, technologists, technicians and drafters in the design and development of computer and telecommunications hardware.

Network system and data communication engineers
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 coordinate teams of design professionals in the development and integration of information and communication system architecture, hardware and software.


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.


Additional information
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.
Engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.
Supervisory and senior positions in this unit group require experience.


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Electrical and electronics engineers (21310)
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Business systems specialists (21221)
Information systems specialists (21222)
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