Computer engineers

Computer engineers

NOC
2147

- Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

Design, develop, and integrate computer, telecommunications and network systems hardware and related equipment.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

19
 

Median Hourly Wage

$31.25
$19.00
Low
$53.30
High

Median Salary

$79,217
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

251
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

80%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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.

Main Duties

Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) perform some or all of the following duties:
Computer and telecommunications hardware engineers

  • 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

  • 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.

Also Known As

  • computer hardware engineer
  • fibre-optic network designer
  • hardware circuit board designer
  • hardware development engineer
  • hardware technical architect
  • network test engineer
  • systems designer - hardware
  • telecommunications hardware engineer
  • wireless communications network engineer
Requirements

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.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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13.0%
Female
87.0%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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0.0%
15-24
24.4%
25-34
40.0%
35-44
22.2%
45-54
13.3%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
6.7%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
48.9%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
44.4%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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36.0%
Information and cultural industries
34.0%
Professional, scientific and technical services
6.0%
Wholesale trade
24.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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0.00%
Northeast
17.00%
Southeast
46.80%
Southwest
25.50%
Central
10.60%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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N/A
Northeast
$91,437
Southeast
$84,209
Southwest
$81,504
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$79,217

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$81,480

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$79,217

Newfoundland

$77,353

Prince Edward Island

$67,447

Nova Scotia

$59,928

Canada

$87,918
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

19
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

16
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

67
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

9
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

57