best engineering jobs in 2019

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where engineering jobs in canada are headed

In 2019, engineering continues to be a candidate-driven field with a growing skill shortage. Engineers Canada forecasts steady growth for the next 5 years. Though the number of engineering jobs available is on the rise, the number of candidates to fill them is not growing at the same pace. This continues the trend we've seen over the last few years. Currently 30% of engineers are 55 or older, with 56% of those being over 65. This is a concerning trend, which indicates the skills shortage is on track to worsen as older engineers opt to retire. On the bright side, this means there's plenty of room for bright young engineers to carve out a career path in engineering.


the best engineering jobs in 2019

Engineers of all creeds are in demand. With a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) certification under your belt, your employment prospects are excellent. Virtually all engineering specialties are experiencing labour shortages in Canada. The list of the best engineering jobs is essentially unchanged from last year, with electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and project engineer holding steady as the top three. That said, all engineering disciplines remain highly employable in 2019.

best engineering jobs

  • 1. electrical engineer

    Electrical engineer comes in the number one spot for yet another year. With the dominance of electronic technology in our lives, don't expect the need for electrical engineers to slow-down any time soon!

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  • 2. mechanical engineer

    Mechanical engineering holds steady in the number two spot for another year. Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and most established engineering disciplines yet it remains as relevant today as it did 100 years ago. Mechanical engineers are needed in areas such as manufacturing, machinery, heating and cooling, transportation and many others.

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  • 3. project engineer

    Project engineers are the project managers of the engineering sector, so their skills are universally in demand across Canada. Project engineers oversee the direction of engineering projects, keeping fellow engineers on track, as well as managing bids, specifications and materials.

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  • 4. civil engineering technician

    Civil engineering technicians play a key role in supporting civil engineers with planning, designing and building commercial, residential and industrial projects that fall under the civil engineering banner. This can include things like bridges, roads, and infrastructure for utilities, among other things.

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  • 5. manufacturing engineer

    We've been hearing for years about the decline of manufacturing jobs due to automation. Manufacturing engineers are the ones helping shape those automated processes. Manufacturing engineers develop tools, processes, machines and other equipment that increase manufacturing productivity.

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  • 6. process engineer

    Process engineers focus on the design and optimization of chemical, physical and biological processes. If that sounds broad, it is! Processing engineering has many applications, which makes it in high demand. Some of the many fields process engineers can work in include automotive production, software development, food production, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals and many others.

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  • 7. engineering manager

    Engineering managers lead engineering projects. Their role overlaps a lot with project engineering, in that they often oversee project requirements and execution. However they have an added leadership component to their role and are expected to supervise other engineers.

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  • 8. quality assurance technician

    Quality assurance technicians, also sometimes known as quality control technicians typically work in manufacturing and monitor manufacturing processes to ensure that the end product their employer produces meets a pre-determined set of guidelines. The goal is a consistent, high quality end product.

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engineering salary trends in 2019

The median annual salary for engineers in 2019 is $75,200, which is about the same as last year. The lowest-earning 10% of engineers make $45,900 or less. The top 10% of earners can take home in excess of $104,500.

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best engineering skills to have in 2019

In 2019, the engineering skills in demand are focused on software and technology in the engineering discipline. Computer aided design and computer aided engineering software remain dominant year after year. The industry standard AutoCAD is the most popular, though SolidWorks and Autodesk Revit have also cracked the top 6. 

top engineering skills

  • 1. autoCAD

    AutoCAD has long been the go-to computer aided design software in the engineering sector and that dominance shows no sign of slowing. For yet another year AutoCAD remains the number one skill that employers seek out.

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  • 2. quality assurance

    Quality assurance holds steady as the number two skill that employers are looking for. It's pretty self-explanatory. In engineering one small error or mistake can be catastrophic, so it should be no surprise that employers in the engineering sector highly value top-notch quality assurance skills.

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  • 3. instrumentation

    Instrumentation is the engineering specialty focused on measurement. Instrumentation is particularly crucial for engineers who work in the manufacturing sector. Vehicles, electronics, and hosuehold systems such as thermostats, appliances and smoke detectors, all rely on instrumentation expertise.

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  • 4. solidworks

    SolidWorks is a popular computer aided design and computer aided engineering software published by Dassault Systèmes. It's used by over 165,000 companies worldwide, so rest assured that SolidWorks skills make you highly employable. 

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  • 5. revit

    Autodesk Revit is is a building information modelling software for architects, structural engineers, designers and other professionals in the engineering sector. It allows users to build and annotate structures in 3D. 

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  • 6. french bilingualism

    French bilingualism might seem a little out of place on a list of top engineering skills, however many engineering projects in Canada require working with the government or in various areas across the country where both French and English may be required. Being able to communicate complex engineering ideas in both English and French is an invaluable asset.

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best engineering certifications in 2019

Top of the list of engineering certifications for 2019 is structural engineer. With the strong economic growth across Canada, buildings and infrastructure are being built at a rapid pace, so the demand for qualified structural engineers is high. Rounding out the top three are the industry-standard professional engineer certification and EIT, the precursor to a P.Eng certification.

top certifications

  • 1. structural engineer (SE)

    The SE certification showcases your skill in the structural engineering discipline. It's only available to those who already have obtained a professional engineering certification. Canada's construction industry is booming and that means talented SEs are in intense demand, so it's no surprise to see this certification make the top of the list.

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  • 2. professional engineer (P.Eng / PE)

    Coming in at number 2 is the professional engineer designation. The professional engineer certification is the gold standard in Canadian engineering and is the official designation of a qualified engineer. It's mandatory to obtain your P.Eng to work as an engineer in Canada.

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  • 3. engineer in training (EIT)

    Engineer in training is the first step in Canada's P.Eng licensing program. You must obtain your EIT before becoming a professional engineer. Most people with this certification go on to obtain a P.Eng, after completing the necessary 4 years of experience.

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  • 4. certified engineering technologist (C.Tech / CET)

    There are two stages to the C.Tech program offered in Canada. Stage one is CET or Certified Engineering Technologist. Stage two is Certified Technician (or C.Tech.) Both are recognized across Canada as the mark of skilled engineer with a focus on technology.

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  • 5. computer aided design and drafting (CADD)

    A CADD certification proves you're knowledgeable and experienced with CAD software and drafting. Unlike several of the other certifications on this list, there is not one single governing body that oversees CADD certifications. Various colleges offer CADD certifications and diplomas.

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  • 6. electronic systems technician (EST)

    An EST certification showcases your expertise in the electrical discipline of engineering. ESTs are able to install, upgrade and service various residential and commercial electronic systems, and are in high demand in today's electronics-obsessed world.

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