Mechanical Technologies

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Job Description

Mechanical Engineering Technicians & Technologists work in mechanical engineering fields such as the design, development, maintenance and testing of machines, components, tools, heating and ventilating systems, power generation and power conversion plants, manufacturing plants and equipment. They are employed by consulting engineering, manufacturing and processing companies, institutions and government departments.

Things that Mechanical Engineering Technicians & Technologists do at work are:

  • 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 manufacturing processes.
  • Inspect mechanical installations and construction.
  • Prepare contract and tender documents.
  • Supervise, monitor and inspect mechanical installations and construction projects.
  • Prepare standards and schedules and supervise mechanical maintenance programs or operations of mechanical plants.

Salary & Job Information
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For more information on how much Mechanical Engineering Technicians & Technologists make, the expected number of future job openings, where the jobs are and the current workforce opportunities specifically for this trade, visit the Work BC Career Profile here.

Get trained

Completion of a two or three-year college program in mechanical engineering technology is usually required.

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.

A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.

  Find out which post-secondary institutions offer training.