Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2232)

About this job

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians support a wide variety processes in machinery and power transfer systems.

People in this occupation:

  • help design, develop, test and maintain machines, components, tools, industrial robotics, heating and ventilating systems, power generation and power conversion plants, manufacturing plants and equipment
  • solve design or repair problems in machinery or tools
  • are employed by consulting engineering, manufacturing and processing companies, mechanical equipment companies, institutions and government departments

Good math and computer skills, as well as good interpersonal and problem solving skills help individuals to be successful in this occupation.

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians also:

  • have an interest in precision work with tools and equipment
  • require manual dexterity with an attention to detail, as well as skills in organization, analysis and teamwork
Common job titles
  • designer, machine tool
  • heating, ventilating and air conditioning technician
  • inspector, technical - mechanical
  • technician, robotics servicing
  • technician, thermal station
  • technologist, aeronautical
  • designer, machine tool
  • heating, ventilating and air conditioning technician
  • inspector, technical - mechanical
  • installer / repairer, robotics systems
  • specialist, HVAC
  • technician, equipment development

Duties

Mechanical engineering technologist and technicians perform similar, yet distinctive duties which vary depending on the industry. The following duties are generally required.

Special duties

Mechanical Engineering Technologists:

  • prepare and interpret conventional and computer-assisted design (CAD) engineering designs, drawings, and specifications for machines and components, power transmission systems, process piping, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems
  • prepare cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports
  • conduct tests and analyses of machines, components and materials to determine their performance, strength, response to stress and other characteristics
  • design moulds, tools, dies, jigs and fixtures for use in the manufacturing process and inspect mechanical installations and construction
  • prepare contract and tender documents
  • supervise, monitor and inspect mechanical installations and construction projects
  • prepare standards and schedules, supervise mechanical maintenance programs or operations of mechanical plants, and may sell and service mechanical equipment and systems

Mechanical Engineering Technicians:

  • assist in preparing conventional and CAD engineering designs, drawings and specifications and carry out a range of mechanical tests and analyses of machines, components and materials
  • assist in the design of moulds, tools, dies, jigs and fixtures for use in the manufacturing process and assist in inspection of mechanical installations and construction projects
  • participate in the installation, repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment

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.

Insights from industry

Job openings will arise due to both new job creation and the need to replace experienced workers who retire.

It is expected that the demand from the energy and environmental fields will drive job growth in regions outside of the Lower Mainland in upcoming years.

Industry sources also expect there will be a significant shortage of skilled trades people to meet the demand in the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) mechanical systems industry.

Mechanical engineering technicians and technologists who are able complete their tasks in a cost-effective manner will be more competitive due to pressure to increase productivity in the Manufacturing industry. Knowledge of database applications and other computer applications will be increasingly useful to these workers, as they perform work duties in environments that have become more computer-controlled.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Technicians can advance to mechanical technologist positions with further education and experience. Technologists may progress from designer or engineering assistant positions to supervisory or technical management positions or they can enter a degree program to become a mechanical engineer or pursue studies in management in technology and engineering. They may become involved in research and development, technical sales or drafting technology.

Members of this occupational group may specialize in one of the following areas: aeronautical technology, CAD/CAM, energy systems, fire protection, naval architecture, marine engineering, mechanical design, mechanical technology, power engineering, robotics or tool and die design.

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