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Mechanical Engineering Technologist

Mechanical engineering technologists may work independently or with mechanical engineers in designing, drawing, developing and modifying various types of products, machines, mechanical systems and manufacturing processes.

Also Known As:Agricultural Engineering Technologist, Engineering Technologist, Manufacturing Engineering Technologist
NOC Number(s):2232.1
Minimum Education:2 years post-secondary education/training
Employment Outlook:Job openings generated due to employment turnover. Occupational outlook currently unavailable.
Interests:O I M

Duties | Working Conditions | Personal Characteristics | Education | Related Legislation | Employment | Salary | Other Information | Related Occupations | Related School Subjects | Related Field of Study

Duties

Mechanical engineering technologists primarily may be involved in:

  • mechanical design and construction
  • manufacturing
  • plant engineering
  • safety issues
  • industrial engineering
  • estimating
  • project and quality management.

In general, they:

  • prepare specifications and drawings for mechanical components, equipment and systems
  • inspect the construction of mechanical installations
  • analyze the cost efficiency of projects
  • prepare layouts for new machines, tool designs, plants and equipment
  • conduct and analyze performance tests on various components, products or equipment.

Those working in design may provide CAD (computer aided design) services for engineering teams.

Some mechanical engineering technology graduates are employed as agricultural engineering technologists who design and develop specialized agricultural equipment, machines and structures.


Working Conditions

Mechanical engineering technologists usually work indoors in offices, laboratories, manufacturing and processing facilities but sometimes work outdoors at construction sites. They use computers for drafting, word processing and spread sheet functions. Overtime may be required to meet project deadlines.


Personal Characteristics

Mechanical engineering technologists need the following characteristics:

  • the ability to visualize three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings
  • good sketching or drawing skills 
  • good mathematics and mechanical problem solving skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

They should enjoy doing precise work, obtaining and analyzing test results, finding innovative solutions to problems and taking a methodical approach to their work.


Educational Requirements

The minimum educational requirement for working as a mechanical engineering technologist is a diploma in mechanical engineering technology.

In Alberta, the following institutions offer two year Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma programs:

  • The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton. Required courses include a Grade 12 English, Pure Math 30 and one of the following: Science 30, Physics 30 or Chemistry 30. An interest in and aptitude for math, physics and mechanical equipment is a definite asset.  
  • The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. The entrance requirement is a high school diploma with English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, Pure Math 30 and Physics 20, or equivalent.

Continuing education programs may be offered on an as needed basis.

For current information about programs, admission requirements and mature student admission policies, please check post-secondary calendars or websites.

Section revised August 2012

Related Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act and ASET Regulation, you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta - ASET to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

To find more information on the certification process see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.

Section revised June 2013

Employment and Advancement

Mechanical engineering technologists are employed by:

  • consulting engineering companies
  • industrial, fabrication, manufacturing and construction companies
  • mechanical equipment sales companies
  • processing companies (for example, in the chemical, oil, gas, pipeline and food industries)
  • government and regulatory agencies.

They usually work as members of a team specializing in fields related to industrial and plant engineering, production planning and control, mechanical design, estimating or quality management. They also may find employment as:

  • computer drafting specialists
  • designers
  • planners
  • inspectors
  • cost estimators
  • quality assurance coordinators
  • purchasers.

Mechanical engineering technologists may advance to engineering supervisory or managerial positions, or move into self-employment in consulting or other service businesses.

Mechanical engineering technologists are part of the larger National Occupational Classification 2232: Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians. In Alberta, 79 per cent of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Section revised November 2011

Salary

According to the 2011 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians occupational group earned on average from $27.02 to $50.70 an hour. The mean wage for this group was $40.90 an hour.

For more detailed information, see WAGEinfo and ASET's Annual Salary Surveys.

Section revised February 2012

Other Sources of Information

Post-secondary institution calendars and websites (see Educational Requirements above)

EDinfo website: www.alis.alberta.ca/edinfo

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta - ASET website: www.aset.ab.ca

Construction Sector Council website: www.csc-ca.org


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Related High School Subjects
English Language Arts; Mathematics; Media, Design and Communication Arts (Design Studies); and Science (Physics)

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
Engineering and Science Technologies

Produced December 2009
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