04 Work environment
Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians typically work 40 hours per week, however, overtime may be a regular requirement.
On the job, they use computers daily for communications, as well as for design and other functions. Those specializing in design will work at CAD stations, but will also spend a small percentage of their time working on site.
Most technicians and technologists work in offices, factories and labs, and some work in other settings, such as warehouses, power stations, mills or construction sites or in a combination of these environments.
Mechanical engineering technicians and technologists work alongside engineers to provide technical support and services or they may work independently.
These technicians wear protective gear as appropriate, including hard helmets, boots, eyewear and earplugs for noise when working on sites. Those working long hours at a computer workstation employ ergonomic work practices.