Computer Engineers

(NOC 2147)
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Career Description

Computer engineers 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.

Duties May Include


  • 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 co-ordinate teams of engineers, technologists, technicians and drafters in the design and development of computer and telecommunications hardware.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Examples of Titles

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

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

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Computer Engineering Bachelor
Computer Engineering Bachelor; Co-op
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Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Artificial Intelligence - Fast Track (Optional Co-op) Diploma; Advanced
Artificial Intelligence - Software Engineering Technology (Optional Co-op) Diploma; Co-op
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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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Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Cyber Systems Engineering Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Modified on January 26, 2022