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Materials Engineering Technologist

Materials engineering technologists work in engineering teams that select and test materials for particular industrial and engineering uses and investigate materials related problems.

  • Avg. Salary $87,518.00
  • Avg. Wage $42.21
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 1,700
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Welding Engineering Technologist, Engineering Technologist

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

36%
36%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Materials Engineering Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists
NOC code: 2233.1
INNOVATIVE

Interest in precision working to develop applications using CAD/CAM (computer-assisted drafting, computer assisted manufacturing) for the control of robots, computer numerical control (CNC) machines and other manufacturing processes and operations; and in developing work study and related programs

METHODICAL

Interest in analyzing information to develop and conduct safety training programs

directive

Interest in supervising to develop and carry out industrial health, safety and fire prevention plans and programs

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Dec 19, 2016

In general, materials engineering technologists test, analyze and inspect:

  • metals (ferrous and non-ferrous)
  • non-metallic materials (soils, concrete, asphalts, ceramics, plastics, composites)
  • fabricating procedures (for example, welding, forging, casting, machining).

They interpret and use codes, standards and specifications, and perform quality assurance tasks such as:

  • mechanical testing (evaluating tensile, compressive, hardness, impact and fatigue characteristics of materials)
  • metallurgical testing (using metallography microscopy, photography and image analysis) to assess the quality of materials
  • non-destructive testing (using tests such as x-ray and gamma ray radiography, ultrasonic, eddy current, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle) to assess the internal integrity of products
  • analyzing the causes of corrosion related failures to find methods of minimizing the effects of corrosion
  • determining the causes of equipment and machine failures.

Materials engineering technologists may also:

  • select materials for harsh environments
  • perform corrosion surveys
  • conduct risk assessments and implement risk control strategies
  • develop and implement inspection strategies.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Materials engineering technologists use computers to analyze data collected during testing procedures and prepare technical reports. They work in offices, laboratories and outdoors. Lifting up to 20 kilograms is required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Materials engineering technologists need the following characteristics:

  • an aptitude for mathematics and science (especially physics and chemistry)
  • mechanical ability
  • an interest in working with processes and equipment
  • the ability to work independently when required
  • good interpersonal skills for working effectively and co-operatively as part of a technical or engineering team.

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

The minimum educational requirement for materials engineering technologists is a two year diploma in a related technology.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Certified Engineering Technologist

Under the supervision of a professional engineer or professional technologist in engineering, certified engineering technologists undertake the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods of problem solving. Duties may include design, production, marketing, testing, quality control, estimating, surveying, inspecting, diagnostic evaluation, supervision, management and technical sales.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and ASET Regulation (PDF), 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.

Education

Registration requires:

  • successful completion of an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET's Professional Practice Exam
  • demonstration of proficiency in English.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Engineering technologists who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified engineering technologists in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization below.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) on AlbertaCanada.com.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering, geology and geophysics, and they have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and Professional Technologists Regulation (PDF), you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering, geology or geophysics within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

Education

Registration requires:

  • designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • at least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of a Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the applicant's proposed area and scope of practice
  • at least 2 years of post-secondary education or 10 years of experience that matches the proposed scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • proof of compliance with ASET's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • proficiency in English
  • successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

A professional technologist may also transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist by completing a transfer form and paying the associated transfer fee. Transfer forms are provided by the provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization below.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Materials engineering technologists are employed by:

  • manufacturing companies that produce materials such as metals, plastics, concrete or composites
  • equipment manufacturing companies that produce pressure vessels, pipeline, oil field equipment, mining equipment, or machinery and electronics components
  • oil and gas, petrochemical, mining or power generation companies that operate in corrosive or erosive environments
  • engineering and testing companies that provide services such as non-destructive inspection or testing, corrosion testing and control, failure investigations and materials testing to the processing and manufacturing industries
  • government and university materials testing laboratories
  • the technical sales departments of service and manufacturing companies
  • quality assurance groups.

Experienced technologists may advance to supervisory and managerial positions.

Materials engineering technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2233: Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 76% 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.

Over 1,700 Albertans are employed in the Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.2% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 20 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As materials engineering technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for materials engineering technologists. 

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016

For more information see ASET's annual salary survey.

Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2233

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.00 $72.33 $36.69 $28.00
Overall $20.00 $78.34 $42.21 $38.24
Top $25.00 $87.04 $50.51 $44.23

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Oil & Gas Extraction
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

36%
36%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

10%
10%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

2%
2%

2015 Vacancy Rate

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Related High School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
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    • Design Studies
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 19, 2016

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

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 20, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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