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Network system and data communication engineers

OaSIS code 21311.02

Network system and data communication engineers research, plan, design, develop, modify, evaluate and integrate 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.

Overview

Also known as

  • Hardware circuit board designer
  • Network support engineer
  • Network test engineer
  • Wireless communications network engineer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 coordinate teams of design professionals in the development and integration of information and communication system architecture, hardware and software.

Additional information

  • Supervisory and senior positions in this unit group require experience.
  • Engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Engineering managers (20010)
  • Computer and information systems managers (20012)
  • Cybersecurity specialists (21220)
  • Computer systems developers and programmers (21230)
  • Software engineers and designers (21231)
  • Web developers and programmers (21234)
  • Web designers (21233)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

213 – Professional occupations in engineering

Minor group

2131 – Electrical, electronics and computer engineers

Unit group

21311 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

Occupational profile

21311.02 – Network system and data communication engineers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Analyzing Data or Information
5 - Highest Level
Applying New Knowledge
5 - Highest Level
Developing Technical Instructions
5 - Highest Level
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics
5 - Highest Level
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
5 - Highest Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Computer and telecommunication hardware manufacturers
  • Engineering, manufacturing and telecommunications firms
  • Governmental, educational and research institutions
  • Information technology consulting firms
  • Information technology departments in the private and public sectors

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Categorization Flexibility
5 - Highest Level
Fluency of Ideas
5 - Highest Level
Information Ordering
5 - Highest Level
Mathematical Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Decision Making
5 - Highest Level
Digital Literacy
5 - Highest Level
Digital Production
5 - Highest Level
Equipment and Tool Selection
5 - Highest Level
Evaluation
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
5 - Extremely important
Analytical Thinking
5 - Extremely important
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important