Mechanical engineers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers and review and approve designs, calculations and cost estimates.
B. Conduct research into the feasibility, design, operation and performance of mechanisms, components and systems
C. Plan and manage projects, and prepare material, cost and timing estimates, reports and design specifications for machinery and systems
D. Design power plants, machines, components, tools, fixtures and equipment
E. Analyze dynamics and vibrations of mechanical systems and structures
F. Supervise and inspect the installation, modification and commissioning of mechanical systems at construction sites or in industrial facilities
G. Develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs and provide guidance to industrial maintenance crews
Manufacturing, processing, and transportation industries
1. You usually need a university degree in mechanical engineering or in a related 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 practise 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.
The average hourly wages for Mechanical Engineers is $29.83/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.