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Mechanical engineering is the second largest engineering occupation in Canada after civil engineering. As a mechanical engineer, you're able to devise theoretical solutions and apply them to real-world situations. You're incredibly innovative and driven by a desire to create and build.

Your workdays are extremely varied and can include such activities as designing, developing, building and testing mechanical systems and devices. You frequently build engines, tools, equipment, fixtures, and a variety of other mechanical devices. Mechanical engineers may also work on mechanical systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing.

what mechanical engineer jobs entail

Most mechanical engineers are employed in the oil, gas or industrial sectors. You may choose a specialty such as research and development, testing, or manufacturing. Your work environment is generally an office, though you may visit work sites from time to time. You typically work full-time and may be required to work extra hours to fulfill job mandates.

average mechanical engineering salaries

There is an intense demand for mechanical engineers in Canada, particularly in western provinces. Mechanical engineer salaries in Vancouver and Calgary are significantly higher than in eastern cities such as Toronto or Montreal. The surge in mechanical engineer salaries in the west is directly tied to the demand in oil, gas and industrial sectors. Mechanical engineers in other sectors will likely make significantly less than their oil-industry counterparts.

If you're considering a career in mechanical engineering, a move to western Canada is currently in your best interest. This is where you'll find your skills are most in demand. You'll be able to command a much higher salary, even if you're new to the field.

your day to day tasks

Being a mechanical engineer, you work with machinery day in and day out. You're excellent with both theoretical and hands-on work when it comes to machinery. Through your workday some of your tasks may include:

  • researching the feasibility of new designs
  • testing mechanisms, components and systems
  • planning and managing engineering projects
  • preparing cost and time estimates
  • designing power planes
  • overseeing the installation of mechanical systems
  • commissioning new mechanical systems
  • supervising work at construction or industrial sites
  • investigating mechanical failures
  • preparing documents and tenders for future work

where you can work

Most mechanical engineers work in the oil, gas and industrial sectors, though there are job opportunities available in other industries. Despite working for industrial companies, most mechanical engineers work in an office environment, though they may occasionally visit industrial sites to check up on ongoing projects or equipment.

Currently, demand for mechanical engineers is highest in Canada's western provinces. Cities such as Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton are booming with mechanical engineering jobs. Salaries in these cities are significantly higher than in eastern provinces. If you haven't already, it may be worth considering a move to western Canada to take advantage of higher compensation.

what you bring to the table

To be successful as a mechanical engineer, you'll need to be an expert in machinery. You're comfortable with machines and technology. In addition to your technical skills, employers will also be looking for:

  • flexibility and creativity
  • ability to work with a multidisciplinary team
  • excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • tech savvy; you must be comfortable with computers
  • strong communication skills, written and verbal

training and certifications

A university degree in mechanical engineering or another related engineering discipline is required for most mechanical engineering jobs. Some employers may even require a post-graduate degree or prior work experience.

Engineering is a regulated profession in Canada, so you'll also need to be properly licensed. Obtaining your engineering license indicates that you have all the educational requirements, supervised work experience, and training needed to perform your job to a professional standard. In most Canadian provinces, this certification is P.Eng, though the exact title varies.

where your career is headed

As a mechanical engineer, you can seek promotions into project management and senior engineering roles. If you enjoy leadership roles, supervisory and management positions in the engineering and industrial sectors may also be up your alley.

Employment opportunities for mechanical engineers are generally positive, as the industries (oil, gas, and manufacturing) that most often employ you are thriving in Canada's current economy.

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