Computer Engineers (except software engineers and designers)

NOC 2147


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. Computer engineers may specialize in areas including analog and digital signal processing, fibre optics, integrated circuits, lasers, microprocessors, microwaves and radio astronomy. 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.


Computer and telecommunications hardware engineers

  • Analyze user’s requirements, and design and develop system architecture
  • Research, develop and integrate computer and telecommunications hardware
  • 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 and develop information and communication system network architecture
  • Research and evaluate network system and data communication hardware and software
  • Assess, document and optimize the capacity and performance of information and communication system networks
  • May lead teams of design professionals in the development and integration of information and communication system architecture, hardware and software.

Other Titles

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

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Written & Oral communication
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Able to work independently
  • Patience
  • Troubleshooting

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Most university programs in Ontario require an OSSD or Mature Student Status

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, electrical or electronics engineering, engineering physics or computer science is required
  • A master’s or doctoral degree in a related engineering discipline may be required


  • Licensing by Professional Engineers Ontario is required to approve drawings and reports, and practice as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$88,543 $87,566 $89,980 $84,672

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
5171 – Wired Telecommunications Carriers 25 110

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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