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Other Engineers

What they do?

Industrial and manufacturing engineers develop and supervise programs to achieve the best use of equipment, human resources, technology, and materials to improve efficiency/productivity.

Metallurgical and materials engineers design and develop processes/equipment to concentrate, extract, refine, and process metals/other materials.

Mining engineers plan and design the development of mines; mining facilities, equipment, and systems; and mining operations.

Geological engineers conduct geological/geotechnical studies to assess the suitability of locations for civil engineering, mining, and oil/gas projects.

Petroleum engineers research, develop, and supervise projects associated with the drilling, completion, testing, and reworking of oil/gas wells.

Aerospace engineers research, design, and develop aerospace vehicles, aerospace systems, and their components.

Computer engineers (except Software) design, develop, and test computer/telecommunications hardware and related equipment, and information/communication system networks including mainframe systems, local and wide area networks, fibre-optic networks, wireless communication networks, and other data communications systems.

Agricultural and bio-resource engineers design and develop agricultural/food processing equipment, machinery, and systems.

Engineering physicists and engineering scientists conduct research and develop new processes/equipment to expand basic knowledge in engineering.

Biomedical engineers design and develop medical instruments/equipment.

Marine and naval engineers design and develop ships/floating structures.

Where they find work?

1. Architectural engineering and related services - 12.0%
2. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 9.0%
3. Computer systems design and related services - 9.0%
4. Information and cultural industries - 7.0%
5. Public administration - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you need a university degree in your chosen field of engineering.

2. You may also need a master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering field.

3. You need a licence from a provincial/territorial association of professional engineers to approve engineering drawings/reports and to practice as a professional engineer (P. Eng.).

4. As an engineer, you are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and after passing a professional practice examination.

5. With experience, you can move up the ranks to become a supervisor.

6. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Computer-related courses
4. Chemistry

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Other Engineers is $32.31/HR, which is above average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and above average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Other Engineers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Other Engineers Wage By Age


3% of Other Engineers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for professionnal occupations.


Other Engineers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Other Engineers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Other Engineers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($32.31) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Other Engineers are found in Alberta and Ontario while the lowest concentrations are in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (15%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Project management

2. Team project work

3. Proposal writing

Part Time Workers

Other Engineers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

3% of Other Engineers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 59,100 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 4% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Other Engineers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Other Engineers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 14% of Other Engineers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Other Engineers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

12% of the individuals employed as Other Engineers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.