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Job trends – Canada – Optical communication engineers

Posted on December 16, 2020
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Optical communication engineers jobs in Canada

Optical communication engineers plan, design, develop, modify, computer and telecommunications hardware and related equipment, and information and communication system networks including mainframe systems, local and wide area networks, fiber-optic networks, wireless communication networks, intranets, the Internet and other data communications systems. They can find employment in companies that manufacture computer and telecommunication hardware, telecommunications firms, information technology consulting firms etc.

Engineer, optical communications- NOC 2147

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 Ontario where it is 44.2 dollars per hour.

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 23.08 43.27 60.73
Alberta 32.05 42.20 76.92
British Columbia 17.31 37.50 57.69
Manitoba 21.00 42.56 50.48
New Brunswick 24.52 35.01 45.00
Newfoundland and Labrador N/A N/A N/A
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia N/A N/A N/A
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 22.00 44.23 61.54
Prince Edward Island N/A N/A N/A
Quebec 26.44 44.00 57.69
Saskatchewan N/A N/A N/A
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

Skills required

  • Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery
    • Technical Systems debug and reprogram
    • Installation and Set-up of technical infrastructure
  • 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
  • Management
    • Co-ordinating and Organizing
    • Supervising
  • Knowledge
    • Telecommunications

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for this profession is good in most provinces of Canada.

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

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 computer engineering or 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.

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 Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Québec Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers And Designers) Regulated Engineers of Yukon
  • Research, plan and produce computer and telecommunications hardware such as microprocessors, integrated circuit boards and semiconductor lasers.
  • Supervising, inspecting and providing design assistance during computer and telecommunications hardware production, installation and implementation.
  • Establishing and sustaining partnerships with providers and consumers
  • May lead and co-ordinate teams of engineers, technologists, technicians, etc. in computer and computer design and development and telecommunications hardware.
  • They can specialize in a variety of fields, including the processing of analogue and digital signals, fiber optics, integrated circuits, lasers, microprocessors, microwaves, and radio astronomy.
  • Study, design and development of the network architecture of information and communication systems
  • Network system and data exchange hardware and software analysis, evaluation and integration
  • Evaluating, recording and maximizing the potential and efficacy of information networks and communication systems
  • Play a lead in the development and integration of information and communication system architecture, hardware and software and organize teams of design professionals.

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