Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

(NOC 2232)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in mechanical engineering fields. They work for consulting engineering, manufacturing and processing companies, institutions and government departments.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 45 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

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 better than average when compared to other 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 moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 70% 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)

Hourly Pay

$19.42

Minimum

$31.25

Median

$41.03

Maximum

Annual Pay

$12,832

Minimum

$72,584

Median

$105,438

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in mechanical engineering fields. They work for consulting engineering, manufacturing and processing companies, institutions and government departments.

Job duties

Mechanical engineering technologists:

  • 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:

  • Help prepare 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.
  • Help design moulds, tools, dies, jigs, and fixtures for use in manufacturing processes.
  • Help inspect mechanical installations and construction projects.
  • Participate in machinery and equipment installation, repair, and maintenance.

Sample job titles

  • aerospace engineering technician
  • automation technologist
  • building systems technician
  • 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

Skills

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

  • A two- or three-year college program in mechanical engineering technology is usually required for mechanical engineering technologists.
  • 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 movement to other related roles like technical sales or drafting technologists and technicians. Movement to supervisory occupations like mechanical construction supervisor, manufacturing supervisor or operations maintenance manager is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

605

employed in 2016

95.0%

employed full-time

5.0%

self employed

6.6%
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93.4%
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43.6

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

68.3%

Halifax

9.8%

Annapolis Valley

8.9%

Cape Breton

8.1%

Southern

4.9%

North Shore

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

32.7%

Manufacturing

24.5%

Public administration

20.9%

Professional, scientific and technical services

4.5%

Construction

2.7%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

55-64

23.0%

35-44

20.0%

45-54

15.0%

15-24

14.0%

25-34

3.0%

65+

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

50.4%

College Diploma

$78,539 median annual income
16.5%

Apprenticeship

$76,856 median annual income
14.9%

High school

$33,360 median annual income
10.7%

Bachelor

$42,983 median annual income
4.1%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Apprenticeship

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Engineering Technology - General

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in a wide variety of projects. They include courses in various engineering support functions for research, production, and operations, and applications to specific engineering specialties.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Marine Sciences

College or University Program

These programs focus on the study of biology, chemistry, geology and physics applied to marine, estuarine and coastal environments. They include courses in marine biogeochemistry, atmosphere and ocean dynamics, coastal ecology, coastal ocean processes, microbial ecology, marine ecosystem modeling, and polar microbiology.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Mechanical Engineering-Related Technologies/Technicians - Other

College or Trades Program

This includes any program not listed elsewhere that relates to Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students 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. They 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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Right to Title: This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected, and you may not use it without a professional designation. Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial standards for the job. Employers may require professional designation, but professional designation is not necessary to do this work.

Regulating body:
TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite A308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
(902) 463-3236
(902) 465-7567

Contacts

TechNova
Dartmouth, NS