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Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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NOC:2232
Occupation:Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in mechanical engineering fields such as the design, development, maintenance and testing of machines, components, tools, heating and ventilating systems, geothermal power plants, power generation and power conversion plants, manufacturing plants and equipment. They are employed by consulting engineering, manufacturing and processing companies, institutions and government departments.

Job duties:
Mechanical engineering technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Prepare and interpret conventional and computer-assisted design (CAD) engineering designs, drawings, and specifications for machines and components, power transmission systems, process piping, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems.
  • Prepare cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports.
  • Conduct tests and analyses of machines, components and materials to determine their performance, strength, response to stress and other characteristics.
  • Design moulds, tools, dies, jigs and fixtures for use in manufacturing processes.
  • Inspect mechanical installations and construction.
  • Prepare contract and tender documents.
  • Supervise, monitor and inspect mechanical installations and construction projects.
  • Prepare standards and schedules and supervise mechanical maintenance programs or operations of mechanical plants.
Mechanical engineering technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Assist in preparing conventional and computer-assisted design (CAD) engineering designs, drawings and specifications.
  • Carry out a limited range of mechanical tests and analyses of machines, components and materials.
  • Assist in the design of moulds, tools, dies, jigs and fixtures for use in manufacturing processes.
  • Assist in inspection of mechanical installations and construction projects.
  • Participate in the installation, repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment.
Sample job titles:
  • aerospace engineering technician
  • automation technologist
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technologist
  • home automation technician
  • marine engineering technologist
  • mechanical engineering technician
  • mechanical engineering technologist
  • mechanical technologist
  • robotics technician
  • tool and die designer
  • building systems technician
Skills:

For these jobs, you should enjoy technical work and mathematics, and have an interest in science. A high degree of manual dexterity and mechanical ability may be necessary. You must be precise, analytical, and able to work alone or as part of a team. Good oral and written communication skills are important. Familiarity with computers is also required. Physical stamina may be required for fieldwork.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of a two- or three-year college program in mechanical engineering technology is usually required for mechanical engineering technologists.
  • Completion of a one- or two-year college program in mechanical engineering technology is usually required for mechanical engineering technicians.
  • Certification in mechanical engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required for some positions.
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
Other considerations:

There is mobility to other related occupations such as technical sales or drafting technologists and technicians. Progression to supervisory occupations such as mechanical construction supervisor, manufacturing supervisor or operations maintenance manager is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 72% of Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $76,602. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians535Moderate growth60High
Minimum: $19.42
Median: $32.00
Maximum: $40.25
Minimum: $12,832
Median: $72,584
Maximum: $105,438
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Mechanical Engineering Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time99%94%
Percent self-employed6%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentMechanical Engineering Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern8%x12%$30,581
Northern5%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton9%x13%$32,974
Halifax69%$54,77147%$41,209
Annapolis Valley10%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeMechanical Engineering Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-2426%x
25-3422%14%
35-4422%33%
45-5419%32%
55-6410%18%
65+N/A4%
Median Age4443
GenderMechanical Engineering Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female7%20%
Male93%80%
EducationMechanical Engineering Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school1.7%x0.7%$28,107
High school15.5%$17,48812.1%$35,125
Trades certificate14.7%$45,2706.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma51.7%$57,30433.7%$52,476
University certificate or diploma4.3%$35,3483.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree10.3%$28,90129.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diploma1.7%x2.0%$54,917
Master's degreeN/Ax9.7%$37,706
Doctorate1.7%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Engineering Technicians and Technologists
Right to Title:This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without a professional designation). Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial requirements for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, you do not need professional designation to legally work in this job.
Regulating body:
TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite A308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
(902) 463-3236
(902) 465-7567
info@technova.ca
Useful contacts:
TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567
info@technova.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Engineering technology - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in a wide variety of projects. These programs include courses in various engineering support functions for research, production, and operations, and applications to specific engineering specialties.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Mechanical engineering/mechanical technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in the design and development phases of a wide variety of projects involving mechanical systems. These programs include courses in principles of mechanics, applications to specific engineering systems, design testing procedures, prototype and operational testing and inspection procedures, manufacturing system-testing procedures, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
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