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 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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 60 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

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

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

$19.42

Minimum

$32.00

Median

$40.25

Maximum

Annual Pay

$12,832

Minimum

$72,584

Median

$105,438

Maximum

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

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

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 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

535

employed in 2016

99.1%

employed full-time

3.7%

self employed

7.4%
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92.6%
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43.6

median age

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

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

69.4%

Halifax

9.9%

Annapolis Valley

9.1%

Cape Breton

8.3%

Southern

5.0%

Northern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

25.0%

Public Administration

19.4%

Professional Business Services

11.1%

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

7.4%

Computer, Electronic and Electrical Product Manufacturing

5.6%

Metal Fabrication and Machinery (excl. electrical)

What is the age of Employment?

25.9%

15-24

22.4%

25-34

22.4%

35-44

19.0%

45-54

10.3%

55-64

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

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

51.7%

College certificate or diploma

$57,304 median annual income
15.5%

High school

$17,488 median annual income
14.7%

Trades certificate

$45,270 median annual income
10.3%

Bachelor's degree

$28,901 median annual income
4.3%

University certificate or diploma

$35,348 median annual income

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

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Engineering technology - General

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Mechanical engineering/mechanical technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

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

Contacts

TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567

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