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Posted on November 05 2020

Job trends – Canada - Automotive engineer

By  Editor
Updated January 18 2024

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. https://youtu.be/lX3elehrhCM 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 Automotive engineers-NOC 2132

All jobs available in the labour market in Canada are classified as per the National Classification Code (NOC). Each of the occupation groups has a unique NOC code assigned. In Canada, an individual working in an occupation with NOC 2132 can expect to earn somewhere between CAD 26.00/hour and CAD 62.50/hour. The median or average wage for this profession is approximately CAD 40 per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is CAD 56.41 per hour.

  Prevailing Hourly wages for NOC 2132 in Canada  
  Low Median High
CANADA 26.00 40.00 62.50
Province/ Territory Low Median High
Alberta 34.00 56.41 72.50
British Columbia 27.18 36.06 57.44
Manitoba 25.48 34.62 61.00
New Brunswick 29.06 40.87 55.29
Newfoundland and Labrador 16.50 46.15 81.73
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 24.64 40.87 69.74
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 24.04 38.46 58.24
Prince Edward Island 20.15 30.00 53.33
Quebec 26.50 38.79 57.69
Saskatchewan 27.88 37.50 58.00
Yukon N/A N/A N/A



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Skills/Knowledge required for NOC 2132 in Canada

Generally, the following skills and knowledge will be required for working in Canada as an automotive engineer –

Skills Operating and repairing equipment, machinery and vehicles   Mechanical installing, maintaining and repairing
Analysis   ·         Analyzing information ·         Inspecting and testing ·         Planning ·         Researching and investigating ·         Projecting outcomes  
Communication   ·         Advising and consulting ·         Professional communicating  
Creative expression   Designing
Management   ·         Coordinating and organizing ·         Supervising  
Knowledge Engineering and Technology ·         Design ·         Engineering and applied technologies ·         Mechanics and machinery  
Law and public safety   Public safety and security
Manufacturing and production   Processing and production
Essential skills ·         Reading ·         Document use ·         Writing ·         Numeracy ·         Oral communication ·         Thinking ·         Digital technology 
Other essential skills ·         Working with others ·         Continuous learning

  3-year job prospect-

The job prospect in the next three years for this profession is good in most provinces of Canada. Future job prospects for NOC 2132 in Canada, by province and territory.

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

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.

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. A certification from a regulatory authority might be required before you can work as a automotive engineer in Canada. The requirement for certification will depend on whether or not NOC 2132 is regulated in the province/territory that you intend settling in Canada.

The regulatory authority that certifies the individual will be as per that specific province or territory.

Location Regulatory body
Alberta Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Quebec Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Engineers of Yukon


  • 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 engineer

Permanent residence in Canada can be acquired through various pathways. The most sought-after Canada immigration routes for a foreign skilled worker are – the Express Entry system, and the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

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