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Canada – Job Trends – Mechanical Engineer

Posted on December 21, 2020
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Mechanical engineers are involved in the research, design and development of machinery and systems for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. They work in the power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing industries. They are involved in the evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems. They can find employment in manufacturing, processing and transportation industries.

Mechanical engineers-NOC  2132


Usually, a mechanical engineer (NOC 2132) might earn somewhere between CAD 26/hour and CAD 62.50/hour in Canada.

The median 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.

Hourly wages for NOC 2132 in Canada
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 will be required for working in Canada as a mechanical engineer –

Skills Analysis ·         Analyzing information

·         Inspecting and testing

·         Planning

·         Projecting outcomes

·         Researching and investigating

Communication ·         Advising and consulting

·         Professional communicating

Management ·         Co-ordinating and organizing

·         Supervising

Operating and Repairing Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles Mechanical installing, maintaining and repairing
Creative expression Designing
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
Oral communication
Digital technology
Other essential skills Working with others
Continuous learning


3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for mechanical engineers is fair 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

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. Few vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or in a related area of engineering is required.
  • 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.

As NOC 2132 comes under “regulated occupations”, proper certification from a regulatory authority in Canada will be required before commencing to work in Canada as a chemical engineer.

The regulatory authority that certifies the individual will be as per the province or territory that the individual intends working in Canada in.

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 mechanisms
  • Supervising and testing mechanical devices installation, alteration and commissioning
  • 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 plans, measurements and cost estimates by technicians, technologists and other engineers

Skilled workers can either work overseas in Canada on a temporary visa or migrate to the country as permanent residents.

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