Mechanical engineers (NOC 2132)

About this job

Mechanical engineers:

  • research, design and develop machinery and systems for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing
  • perform duties related to the evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems
  • work for consulting firms, power-generating utilities and in a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries, or they may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • engineer, acoustical / vibration
  • engineer, automotive / internal combustion
  • engineer, building systems
  • engineer, mechatronic
  • engineer, micro-electro-mechanical systems
  • engineer, mould design
  • engineer, acoustical / vibration
  • engineer, automotive / internal combustion
  • engineer, building systems
  • engineer, cryogenics / refrigeration
  • engineer, design - mechanical / research
  • engineer, energy conservation

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$65,238

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Mechanical engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • carry out research into the feasibility, design, operation and performance of mechanisms, components and systems
  • plan and manage projects
  • prepare material, cost and timing estimates, reports and design specifications for machinery and systems
  • design power plants, machines, components, tools, fixtures and equipment
  • analyze movements and vibrations of mechanical systems and structures
  • supervise and inspect the installation, modification and commissioning of mechanical systems at construction sites or in industrial facilities
  • develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs
  • provide guidance to industrial maintenance crews
  • investigate mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems
  • prepare contract documents and evaluate tenders for industrial construction or maintenance
  • supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers
  • review and approve designs, calculations and cost estimates

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, or an inside work environment where the temperature or humidity may be considerably different than normal room conditions.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

As of July 1, 2017 when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force, you will not need significant additional training, experience, testing or assessment if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulatory authority. This applies whether you were trained in Canada or internationally. Learn about labour mobility at www.workersmobility.ca. For information about labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition, contact the B.C. regulator for your occupation.

  • A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.
  • A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
90
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
4,080
Average annual employment growth:
1.3%
Expected number of job openings:
1,590
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
260
Average annual employment growth:
2.4%
Expected number of job openings:
140
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
420
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
130

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is considerable mobility between mechanical engineering specializations at the less senior levels. Also, mechanical engineers work closely with civil, electrical, aerospace, chemical, industrial and other engineers, and mobility is possible between some fields of specialization in these disciplines. Finally, engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.

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