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Job trends – Canada – Automotive engineer

Posted on November 5, 2020
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Automotive engineer jobs in Canada

Automotive engineers are involved in the research, design and development of machinery and systems for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing.  Automotive engineers are also involved in duties related to evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems.

Automotive engineers can find employment in consulting firms,  and in the manufacturing, processing and transportation industries, or they may choose to be self-employed.

Job prospects for automotive engineers

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The median wage for this profession is approximately 39 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 48.13 dollars per hour.

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 24 39.18 62.37
Alberta 29.22 48.13 80.66
British Columbia 20.51 36.06 56.41
Manitoba 23.4 32.21 62.5
New Brunswick 29.06 37.69 49.69
Newfoundland and Labrador 12 43.27 72.12
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 35 42 76.92
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 21.47 37.85 60.51
Prince Edward Island 20 31.25 53.33
Quebec 26.44 39.42 52
Saskatchewan 22.4 31.25 53.85

Skills required

  • Operating and repairing equipment, machinery and vehicles
    • Mechanical Installation
    • Maintenance and repair
  • Management skills
    • Co-ordination and organization
    • Supervision
  • Analytical skills
    • Analyze information
    • Planning
    • Projection of outcomes
    • Research and investigation
  • Communication skills
    • Professional communication
    • Advice and consultation
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Design
    • Engineering
    • Applied technologies
  • Law and Public Safety
    • Public Safety and Security
  • Manufacturing and Production
    • Processing and Production

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for automotive engineers is fair in most provinces of Canada.

Location Job prospects
Yukon Territory Undetermined
Saskatchewan Fair
Quebec Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair
Ontario Fair
Nunavut Undetermined
Nova Scotia Fair
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
New Brunswick Good
Manitoba Good
British Columbia Fair
Alberta Fair

10-year predictions

There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

There are 169 job openings for automotive engineers at present in Canada.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering or in a related area of engineering, such as mechanical engineering.
  • A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
  • Licensing of skilled engineers by a provincial or territorial association is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer.
  • After graduation from an approved training program and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and after passing a professional practice exam, they are eligible for registration.

Professional license requirements

Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority. This requirement can vary with each province.


  • Research on the viability, architecture, operation and efficiency of mechanisms, parts and systems
  • Planning and project management and planning forecasts of components, costs and scheduling, reports and design requirements for machinery and systems
  • Design of power plants, machinery, parts, tools, equipment and fixtures
  • Dynamics and vibration analysis of mechanical structures and systems
  • Monitoring and inspection of the installation, modification and commissioning of mechanical systems on building sites or in industrial installations
  • Establish guidelines, schedules and programs for maintenance and provide instructions to crews for industrial maintenance
  • Investigate mechanical faults or unexplained issues with maintenance
  • Prepare contract documents and review industrial building or maintenance tenders
  • Supervising and evaluating and approving projects by technicians, technologists and other engineers

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