Career Profile:

Computer Engineer

Ocean Sonics, 2015
Ocean Sonics, 2015


Median Yearly





Computer engineers research, plan, design, develop, modify, evaluate and integrate computer and telecommunications hardware and related equipment, and information and communication system.

Work type:

full-time, self-employed

Most likely to work in:


Most employees have:

Post-Graduate Degree / Bachelor's Degree


Professional Engineer Certificate

What you do

In the oceans technology sector, embed computers in other machines and systems, build networks to transfer data, and develop ways to make computers, faster, smaller, and more capable to meet the needs of oceans- related industries, and to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in all aspects of oceans-related activities.

A Computer Engineer performs some or all of the following duties:

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

What you need

  • Technical problem-solving skills are essential;
  • Able to think analytically and logically;
  • Have a natural interest in technology and the development of computer systems and equipment;
  • Possess strong math skills;
  • Effective communication skills; and
  • Have a sense of creativity.

Who might be hiring?

References and further reading

* The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is "good", which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is above average.

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Secondary School
Co-op Options and Opportunities (Science Streams)

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Graduate Programs

NSCC Oceans Technology Program
Advanced one year diploma for students with a Bachelor of Science or Engineering or an Engineering Diploma to further enhance skills in the oeceans technology sector.