Mechanical engineers

Mechanical engineers

NOC
2132

Research, design and develop machinery and systems for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

46
 

Median Hourly Wage

$40.87
$29.06
Low
$55.29
High

Median Salary

$80,876
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

705
 

% Working Full Time

97%
 

% Working Full Year

84%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Mechanical engineers research, design and develop machinery and systems for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing. They also perform duties related to the evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are employed by consulting firms, by power-generating utilities and in a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries, or they may be self-employed.

Main Duties

Mechanical engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct research into the feasibility, design, operation and performance of mechanisms, components and systems
  • Plan and manage projects, and prepare material, cost and timing estimates, reports and design specifications for machinery and systems
  • Design power plants, machines, components, tools, fixtures and equipment
  • Analyze dynamics and vibrations of mechanical systems and structures
  • Supervise and inspect the installation, modification and commissioning of mechanical systems at construction sites or in industrial facilities
  • Develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs and provide guidance to industrial maintenance crews
  • Investigate mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems
  • Prepare contract documents and evaluate tenders for industrial construction or maintenance
  • Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers and review and approve designs, calculations and cost estimates.

Also Known As

  • acoustics engineer
  • automotive engineer
  • design engineer - mechanical
  • energy conservation engineer
  • fluid mechanics engineer
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineer
  • mechanical engineer
  • mechanical maintenance engineer
  • nuclear engineer
  • piping engineer
  • power generation engineer
  • refrigeration engineer
  • robotics engineer
  • thermal design engineer
  • tool engineer
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.
  • A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

6.9%
Female
93.1%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

3.9%
15-24
27.1%
25-34
31.8%
35-44
24.0%
45-54
10.9%
55-64
2.3%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
0.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
3.9%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
9.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
86.8%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

32.6%
Professional, scientific and technical services
30.2%
Manufacturing
11.6%
Utilities
25.6%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

12.30%
Northeast
23.10%
Southeast
30.80%
Southwest
24.60%
Central
9.20%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$79,697
Northeast
$72,554
Southeast
$104,513
Southwest
$100,453
Central
$68,527
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$40.87
$29.06
Low
$55.29
High
No Data Available

Southwest

$38.94
$29.06
Low
$72.12
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$80,876

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$90,895

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$80,876

Newfoundland

$105,185

Prince Edward Island

$68,151

Nova Scotia

$80,279

Canada

$81,308
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

46
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-3
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

49
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

210
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

41
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

166