Computer Engineers

(NOC 2147)

Career Description

Computer and telecommunications engineers analyze users' requirements and design and develop system architecture/specifications and verify the design through the use of prototypes/simulations.

Network systems and data communications engineers research, design, and develop information/communication systems, network architecture, and integrate network systems and data communications hardware/software. They may specialize in a number of areas including analog/digital signal processing, integrated circuits, microwaves, fibre optics, lasers, microprocessors, and radio astronomy.

Duties May Include

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;

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.

Examples of Titles

Computer Engineer
Hardware Development Engineer
Hardware Engineer
Network Test Engineer
Wireless Communications Network Engineer

Where They Work

Computer engineers work for computer/telecommunications hardware manufacturers; engineering, manufacturing, and telecommunications firms; and information technology consulting firms in business/government.

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Artificial Intelligence - Fast Track (Optional Co-op) Diploma; Advanced
Artificial Intelligence Diploma; Advanced
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Engineering Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Systems Engineering Bachelor
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Memorial University – St. John’s Campus
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Engineering Bachelor; Co-op
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University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan, CA

Related Program(s):
Engineering - Software Systems Bachelor
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Modified on May 12, 2012