Electrical and electronics engineers design, plan, research, evaluate and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems. They are employed by electrical utilities, communications companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, consulting firms, and by a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries and government.
Electrical and electronics engineers perform some or all of the following duties:
- Conduct research into the feasibility, design, operation and performance of electrical generation and distribution networks, electrical machinery and components and electronic communications, instrumentation and control systems, equipment, and components
- Prepare material cost and timing estimates, reports and design specifications for electrical and electronic systems and equipment
- Design electrical and electronic circuits, components, systems and equipment
- Supervise and inspect the installation, modification, testing and operation of electrical and electronic systems and equipment
- Develop maintenance and operating standards for electrical and electronic systems and equipment
- Investigate electrical or electronic failures
- Prepare contract documents and evaluate tenders for construction or maintenance
- Supervise technicians, technologists, programmers, analysts and other engineers.
Electrical and electronics engineers may specialize in a number of areas including electrical design for residential, commercial or industrial installations, electrical power generation and transmission, and instrumentation and control systems.
Educational requirements: Post-secondary degree or diploma in electrical engineering or related field, plus industry-related certifications, courses and memberships. Registration as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng) by a provincial or territorial association.
Experience: Minimum of five years’ related work experience, including industry-specific experience.
Job requirements: Design high performance circuit boards, develop and maintain expertise in one or more industry-related design specializations, test design and support ongoing product improvements. Conduct feasibility, design operation and performance research of electrical generation and distribution networks. Develop maintenance and operating standards for electronic systems.
National average salary in this occupation is currently $86,600
Strong employment growth – combined with replacement demand due to skills mismatch, retirements, and other labour force exits – would result in strong demand for Electronics / electrical engineers in the next 5 years.