2132- Mechanical engineers
Mechanical engineers research, design and develop machinery and systems for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing. They also perform duties related to the evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are employed by consulting firms, by power-generating utilities and in a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries, or they may be self-employed.
Mechanical engineers perform some or all of the following duties:
Conduct research into the feasibility, design, operation and performance of mechanisms, components and systems
Plan and manage projects, and prepare material, cost and timing estimates, reports and design specifications for machinery and systems
Design power plants, machines, components, tools, fixtures and equipment
Analyze dynamics and vibrations of mechanical systems and structures
Supervise and inspect the installation, modification and commissioning of mechanical systems at construction sites or in industrial facilities
Develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs and provide guidance to industrial maintenance crews
Investigate mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems
Prepare contract documents and evaluate tenders for industrial construction or maintenance
Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers and review and approve designs, calculations and cost estimates.
A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.
A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.
There is considerable mobility between mechanical engineering specializations at the less senior levels.
Supervisory and senior positions in this unit group require experience.
Mechanical engineers work closely with civil, electrical, aerospace, chemical, industrial and other engineers, and mobility is possible between some fields of specialization in these disciplines.
Engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.
- Aerospace Engineers
- Agricultural Engineers
- Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
- Marine Engineers
- Marine Architects
- Mechanical Engineers
- Fuel Cell Engineers
- Automotive Engineers
- Biomedical Engineers
- Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
- Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
- Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
- Product Safety Engineers
- Nuclear Engineers
- Engineers, All Other
- Biochemical Engineers
- Validation Engineers
- Energy Engineers
- Manufacturing Engineers
- Mechatronics Engineers
- Microsystems Engineers
- Photonics Engineers
- Robotics Engineers
- Nanosystems Engineers
- Wind Energy Engineers
- Solar Energy Systems Engineers
National Occupation Classification, (2011)
Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,
Catalogue no. 12-583-X