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Mechanical Design Technologist

Mechanical design technologists design products for production. They work on their own or with mechanical engineers, industrial designers, or project managers.

  • Avg. Salary $70,560.00
  • Avg. Wage $34.76
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 1,500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Industrial Design Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Mechanical Engineering Technologists (2232.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians (C132) 
  • 2011 NOC: Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Mechanical Design Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Mechanical Engineering Technologists
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working with instruments to design moulds, tools, dies, jigs and fixtures for use in manufacturing processes

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing results of tests conducted on machines, components and materials to determine their performance, strength, response to stress and other characteristics

METHODICAL

Interest in supervising and monitoring installations, construction projects, maintenance programs and operations of mechanical plants; and in preparing operations and maintenance standards and schedules of mechanical plants

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 Mar 31, 2018

Mechanical design technologists finalize products for production. They may work on their own or with engineers and industrial or mechanical designers. Specific duties vary based on the size and type of employer and the field in which they work. Some work for companies that produce commercial or consumer products. Others work on industrial assemblies. Some help with mechanical or electronic parts.

In general, mechanical design technologists:

  • research and study design and production goals
  • create mechanical designs that meet marketing and performance goals
  • ensure part details are right for the technology used
  • develop product designs that:
    • meet client needs
    • adhere to a high standard of form, fit, function, appearance and quality
  • work with manufacturers to make sure designs can be made
  • develop computer-generated 3-dimensional models according to set standards and procedures
  • select fasteners and parts for assemblies
  • review shop drawings to make sure specific needs are met in the design
  • prepare drawings that show dimensions and tolerances
  • manage the production of prototypes and rapid prototypes
  • assess prototypes and revise the models as required
  • send the final product design (and specifications) to production
  • work with others (such as architects, engineers, contractors and clients)
  • manage projects.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Mechanical design technologists often work indoors in offices, workshops, and production facilities. They may sit at a computer for long periods of time. They may have to work overtime to meet project deadlines.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Mechanical design technologists need to possess:

  • creativity
  • attention to detail
  • speaking and writing skills
  • the ability to see objects in 3 dimensions based on drawings
  • math skills
  • the ability to solve mechanical problems
  • the ability to be very well organized
  • the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced setting
  • the ability to work well as part of a team.

They should enjoy:

  •  doing precise work
  •  trying different ways of doing things
  •  taking a step-by-step approach to their work.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Mechanical design technologists need to understand:

  • mechanical system design (such as hydraulics, electronics, and power transfer)
  • production technologies (how things are made)
  • material, manufacturing, and assembly costs
  • engineering standards
  • drafting, sketching, and model making (for prototypes).

Mechanical design technologists may come from a wide range of educational backgrounds. For example, they may have a drafting and design certificate with computer software training in 3-dimensional design. Or they may have diplomas in mechanical or electronics engineering 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.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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.

What You Need

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 above.

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.).

What You Need

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 Mar 31, 2018

Some mechanical design technologists are self-employed. Others work for manufacturers, engineering companies, or design firms. With time on the job and further education and training, technologists may advance. Prospects include mechanical, industrial, or product designer positions.

Mechanical design technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2232: Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 77% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

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

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Earnings can vary a lot based on the location, size, and type of employer. Employers in large cities tend to pay more than those in smaller centres.

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

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Starting $18.00 $45.73 $30.06 $30.00
Overall $19.18 $52.59 $34.76 $34.33
Top $22.00 $60.38 $38.92 $42.00

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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.


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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

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Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

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Updated Mar 31, 2018. 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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