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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.
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- 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.
- 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers) in Kingston - Pembroke Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Kingston - Pembroke Region||<Not assigned>||2011-12-16|
Compared to other occupations, this is not a significant occupation in this region.
Employment prospects for computer engineers in Ontario are expected to be average for the next few years. According to the 2006 Census, there were over 13,700 computer engineers in the labour force in Ontario. Demand has increased for engineers who have technology-specific experience. However, a high Canadian dollar may limit investment and research and development spending on Information and Communications Technology (ICT), such as hardware, affecting job opportunities for people in this occupation.
Employers are interested in recruiting workers with practical working experience. Particularly, computer engineers with greater than 5 years experience are expected to be in demand. People in this occupation are highly concentrated in large urban areas across Ontario. As such, employers in smaller population centers may encounter difficulty in recruiting workers with significant experience. People in this occupation must be familiar with new technologies and their applications in order to be successful. Job seekers with experience in hardware languages, such as Verilog or VHDL, may have better job prospects. Limited openings will be created through retirements over the next few years as less than 7% of this occupation was 55 years and older at the time of 2006 census.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- A full service Husky rest stop is planned for Highway 17 near Cobden. The $2.5M construction project will include a gas bar, two restaurants, and a card lock.
- The Renfrew and District Christian School will be closing its doors after the current school year due to poor enrollment. The school is currently in its 27th year of existence.
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Crate Marine Sales will open a new location at 25 Dundas St. in Belleville. The location will offer a variety of boats for sale, as well as service and dockage. In addition to the new storefront, area dockage is expected to expand significantly.
- Indigo Books in downtown Kingston will close on June 29 after the company decided not to renew its lease. The store employed over 20 full-time staff and several part-time staff.
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- FedDev Ontario will invest up to $2.5M in Arnprio-based Pillar5 Pharma Inc. to help the company expand its manufacturing operations. The expansion is expected to create 50 jobs.
- The Kingston Economic Development Corporation launched a new website to help Kingston-based companies post job opportunities. The website address is www.kingstonishiring.com.
Week of Apr 08 – Apr 12, 2013
- Do-All Construction of Petawawa has been awarded an $872,000 contract to perform phase 2 of the construction work on Herman street in Petawawa
- Universal Fan & Blower Ltd., a Bloomfield-based manufacturing company, has reopened after half of the factory was destroyed by fire last year
- Hinduja Global Solutions will hold a job fair at St. Lawrence College in Kingston on May 3rd and 4th in order to recruit for a new facility in Kingston. The company plans on opening three inbound call centres in Ontario this year.
- The Summer Company Program is now taking applications in Renfrew. The program, which is administered by Enterprise Renfrew, offers students aged 15-29 business training as well as up to $1,500 to establish a business.
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