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Mechanical Design Technologist

Mechanical design technologists design products for manufacture. They work independently or with mechanical engineers, industrial designers or project managers.

  • Avg. Salary $106,274.00
  • Avg. Wage $51.40
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 1,500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Industrial Design Technologist

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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Mechanical Design Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Mechanical Engineering Technologists
NOC code: 2232.1

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


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


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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Updated Feb 08, 2016

Mechanical design technologists work independently or with engineers, industrial or mechanical designers to finalize products for production. Duties may vary depending on the size and type of employer but in general, mechanical design technologists:

  • analyze design and production goals to create mechanical designs that meet marketing and performance objectives
  • ensure part details are correct for the manufacturing technology used
  • develop product designs that meet client requirements and adhere to a high standard of form, fit, function, appearance and quality
  • work with manufacturers to ensure designs are completed in such a way that they can be fabricated
  • develop computer-generated three-dimensional models according to established standards and procedures
  • select fasteners and components for assemblies
  • ensure engineering specifications are met in the design
  • prepare two-dimensional drawings with dimensions and tolerances
  • co-ordinate the fabrication of prototypes and rapid prototypes
  • evaluate prototypes and revise the models as required
  • send the final product design and specification to production.

Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on the field in which mechanical design technologists work. For example they may work for companies specializing in commercial or consumer products, industrial assemblies or mechanical or electronic components.

Working Conditions
Updated Feb 08, 2016

Mechanical design technologists usually work indoors in offices, workshops and manufacturing facilities. They may sit at a computer for long periods of time. Overtime may be required to meet project deadlines.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Feb 08, 2016

Mechanical design technologists need the following characteristics:

  • creativity
  • attention to detail
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to visualize three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings
  • good mathematics and mechanical problem solving skills
  • strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast paced environment
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

They should enjoy doing precise work, experimenting with different ways of doing things and taking a methodical approach to their work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 08, 2016

Mechanical design technologists need an understanding of:

  • 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, drafting and design certificate with additional computer software training in three-dimensional design, or mechanical or electronics engineering technology diplomas).

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Feb 08, 2016

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Feb 08, 2016

Mechanical design technologists may be self-employed or they may be employed by manufacturers, engineering companies or design firms. Experienced mechanical design technologists with additional education and training may advance to 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 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.

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 08, 2016


Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2232

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $25.00 $66.20 $45.66 $45.43
Overall $31.00 $71.63 $51.40 $49.04
Top $42.00 $88.27 $63.72 $60.58

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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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Updated Dec 17, 2012. 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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