Career Information Hotline

Toll Free 1-800-661-3753

Edmonton 780-422-4266

Guest Account Sign In Sign Up
Occupational Profile

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.

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

Agricultural Engineering Technologist, Engineering Technologist, Manufacturing Engineering Technologist

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

41%
41%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Mechanical Engineering Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Mechanical Engineering Technologists
NOC code: 2232.1
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.

Learn More

Duties
Updated Feb 08, 2016

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
Updated Feb 08, 2016

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.

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

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
Updated Feb 08, 2016

The minimum educational requirement for working as a mechanical engineering technologist is a diploma in mechanical 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 Feb 08, 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 Feb 08, 2016

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 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

For more information see ASET's annual salary survey.

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2232

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
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

Swipe left and right to view all data. Scroll left and right to view all data.

* 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
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Public Administration
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

41%
41%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

11%
11%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

N/A

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Physics
  • Media, Design and Communication Arts
    • Design Studies
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 08, 2016

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

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

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.

Was this page useful?
Top