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Electrical and electronics engineers

OaSIS code 21310.00

Electrical and electronics engineers design, plan, research, evaluate and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems.


Also known as

  • Avionics engineer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Electrical design engineer
  • Electrical distribution planning engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical network engineer
  • Electrical process control engineer
  • Electrical systems planning engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Electronics test engineer
  • Instrumentation and control engineer
  • Roadway lighting design engineer
  • Television systems engineer

Main duties

This group performs 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
  • Conduct micro or nanodevices simulations, characterization, process modeling and integration in the development of new electronic devices and products
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Engineering managers (20010)
  • Computer and information systems managers (20012)
  • Software engineers and designers (21231)
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (21311)
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (22310)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


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

21310 – Electrical and electronics engineers

Occupational profile

21310.00 – Electrical and electronics 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
Developing Technical Instructions
5 - Highest Level
Electronic Maintenance
5 - Highest Level
Interacting with Computers
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate 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

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

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
5 - Extremely important
4 - Every day, a few times per day


  • Consulting businesses
  • Electrical power utilities
  • Governments
  • Manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Processing industries
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Transportation industries

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.


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


Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
5 - Highest Level
Decision Making
5 - Highest Level
5 - Highest Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
5 - Highest Level
Preventative Maintenance
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

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