Mechanical engineering technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Assist in preparing conventional and computer-assisted design (CAD) engineering designs, drawings and specifications
B. Carry out a limited range of mechanical tests and analyses of machines, components and materials
C. Assist in the design of moulds, tools, dies, jigs and fixtures for use in manufacturing processes
D. Assist in inspection of mechanical installations and construction projects
E. Participate in the installation, repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment.
F. 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
G. Prepare cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports
1. Architectural engineering and related services - 37.0%
2. Machinery manufacturing - 13.0%
3. Construction - 8.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 6.0%
5. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing - 5.0%
6. Utilities - 4.0%
7. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 4.0%
1. Completion of a two- or three-year college program in mechanical engineering technology is usually required for mechanical engineering technologists.
2. Completion of a one- or two-year college program in mechanical engineering technology is usually required for mechanical engineering technicians.
3. Certification in mechanical engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required for some positions.
4. A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
5. In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title of Professional Technologist.
6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
The average hourly wages for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians is $22.81/HR, which is below average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.