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Job trends – Canada – Electrical and electronics engineer

Posted on December 4, 2020
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Electrical and electronics engineer

Electrical and electronics engineers are involved in designing, planning and testing of electronic equipment and systems. They research and evaluate such systems as well. They can find employment in electrical equipment companies, communication companies, electrical and electronic equipment manufacturers, consulting firms and manufacturing, processing and transportation industries and by the government.

Electrical and electronics engineer- NOC 2311

The median wage for this profession is nearly 43 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 49.2 dollars per hour.

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 26.92 43.27 64.90
Alberta 31.73 49.52 76.92
British Columbia 28.85 38.46 52.88
Manitoba 23.08 49.13 61.50
New Brunswick 27.88 39.42 50.48
Newfoundland and Labrador 28.85 43.59 54.00
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 28.21 35.10 45.00
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 24.04 40.87 65.00
Prince Edward Island N/A N/A N/A
Quebec 24.04 43.27 59.25
Saskatchewan 31.91 44.34 61.54
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

 Skills required

  • Analytical skills
    • Analyze information
    • Planning
    • Inspection and testing
    • Research and investigation
  • Communication skills
    • Professional communication
    • Advice and consultation
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Design
    • Engineering and applied technologies
    • Electricity (electronic and electrical)
  • Law and Public Safety
    • Public Safety and Security
  • Management
    • Co-ordinating and Organizing
    • Supervising
  • Manufacturing and Production
    • Processing and Production

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for electronics and electrical engineers is fair in most provinces of Canada.

Location Job prospects
Alberta Limited
British Columbia Fair
Manitoba Fair
New Brunswick Good
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nova Scotia Fair
Nunavut Undetermined
Ontario Fair
Prince Edward Island Undetermined
Quebec Fair
Saskatchewan Fair
Yukon Territory Undetermined

10-year predictions

There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in electrical or electronic engineering or in a related area of engineering is required.
  • A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
  • Licensing of skilled engineers by a provincial or territorial association is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer.
  • After graduation from an approved training program and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and after passing a professional practice exam, they are eligible for registration.
  • Some employers may require that electrical and electronic engineers have the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification offered by the Canada Green Building Council

Professional license requirements

Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority.

Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Québec Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Electrical and Electronic Engineer Regulated Engineers of Yukon

Responsibilities

  • Research on the viability, architecture, operation and efficiency of electrical power generation and distribution networks, electrical machinery and electronic communications components, instrumentation and control systems, equipment and components
  • Prepare forecasts, reports and design requirements of material costs and timing for electrical and electronic systems and equipment
  • Electrical and electronic circuit design, materials, devices and facilities
  • Simulation, characterization, process modelling and integration of micro or nanodevices in the production of new electronic devices and products
  • Supervision and inspection of electrical and computer devices and equipment installation, alteration, testing and operation
  • Establish standards of maintenance and service for electrical and electronic systems and devices
  • Prepare contract documents and review building or maintenance tenders
  • Electrical and electronic engineers may specialize in a variety of fields, including residential, commercial or industrial electrical design, power generation and transmission, and instrumentation and control systems.

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