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Mechanical engineering technologists

OaSIS code 22301.01

Mechanical engineering technologists provide technical support and services or may work independently in mechanical engineering fields such as the design, development, maintenance and testing of machines, components, tools, heating and ventilating systems, geothermal power plants, power generation and power conversion plants, manufacturing plants and equipment.


Also known as

  • Marine engineering technologist
  • Mechanical engineering technologist
  • Tool and die designer
  • Tool designer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare and interpret conventional and computer-assisted design (CAD) engineering designs, drawings, and specifications for machines and components, power transmission systems, process piping, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems
  • Prepare cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports
  • Conduct tests and analyses of machines, components and materials to determine their performance, strength, response to stress and other characteristics
  • Design moulds, tools, dies, jigs and fixtures for use in manufacturing processes
  • Inspect mechanical installations and construction
  • Prepare contract and tender documents
  • Supervise, monitor and inspect mechanical installations and construction projects
  • Prepare standards and schedules and supervise mechanical maintenance programs or operations of mechanical plants.

Additional information

  • There is mobility to other related occupations such as technical sales or drafting technologists and technicians.
  • Progression to supervisory occupations such as mechanical construction supervisor, manufacturing supervisor or operations maintenance manager is possible with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Industrial designers (22211)
  • Drafting technologists and technicians (22212)
  • Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade (62100)
  • Manufacturing managers (90010)
  • Utilities managers (90011)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

223 – Technical occupations related to engineering

Minor group

2230 – Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering

Unit group

22301 – Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

Occupational profile

22301.01 – Mechanical engineering technologists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level
Developing Technical Instructions
4 - High Level
Electronic Maintenance
4 - High Level
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
4 - High Level
Interacting with Computers
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

3 - About half the time
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
4 - Highly important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Consulting engineering companies
  • Government departments
  • Institutions
  • Manufacturing and processing companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Control of Settings
4 - High Level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Depth Perception
4 - High Level
Fluency of Ideas
4 - High Level
Information Ordering
4 - High Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Equipment and Tool Selection
5 - Highest Level
Operation Monitoring of Machinery and Equipment
5 - Highest Level
Preventative Maintenance
5 - Highest Level
5 - Highest Level
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important