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NOC Code: NOC Code: 2232 Occupation: Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 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, power generation and power conversion plants, manufacturing plants and equipment. They are employed by consulting engineering, manufacturing and processing companies, institutions and government departments. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 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, power generation and power conversion plants, manufacturing plants and equipment. They are employed by consulting engineering, manufacturing and processing companies, institutions and government departments.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Text Reading Text 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Computer Use Computer Use 1 2 3 4
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3 4
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3 4
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3


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Reading Text
  • Read assembly instructions on labels and packaging for equipment and parts. (1)
  • Read email from co-workers, colleagues and clients to review project specifications, instructions, timelines, administrative procedures and company policies. Email messages vary in length from brief confirmations of test schedules to longer descriptions of extensive changes in facility or equipment designs. (2)
  • Read directions for the installation and repair of mechanical systems on work order forms. (2)
  • Increase knowledge of construction standards and mechanical engineering processes by reading technical reports. (3)
  • Read and interpret regulations and contractual agreements. For example, read industry and government regulations to evaluate design information and equipment and material compliance to stated standards. Read contractual documents such as construction contracts and equipment warranties. (3)
  • Read completion reports to ensure that the mechanical installation portions of projects have been satisfactorily completed. Reports vary in length depending on the size of the projects. You need to understand technical language and be familiar with industry standards to interpret these reports. (3)
  • Read field testing reports to stay current with equipment research and increase knowledge of construction standards. The reports describe how a particular piece of equipment performed during shake, compression, or loading tests. The reports may also be used as the basis for recommending modifications based on test results. Information is technical in nature and reports vary in length, depending upon the extent of the testing performed. (3)
  • Read technical reports written by mechanical engineers in order to integrate the information into the production, installation and testing of equipment and manufactured products. Reports vary in length and require an in-depth understanding of mechanical engineering to interpret and apply. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (4)
  • Read textbooks and technical manuals to increase knowledge of production processes, construction materials, testing methods, quality control and regulatory standards. Adapt the information you read to your work in designing, producing, testing and inspecting equipment. (4)
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Writing
  • Write brief comments on work orders to instruct co-workers about production requirements or to point out deficiencies in the installation of equipment and mechanical systems. (1)
  • Write technical specifications for equipment and material manufacturing. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (2)
  • Write letters to mechanical contractors to invite tenders for project bids. Outline the scope of projects, timelines, deadlines for submissions and where contractors can get more information or bidding packages. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (2)
  • Write detailed work procedures and technical manuals. For example, write job procedures on topics such as weld and other special processes. Include step-by-step operating instructions and quality control guidelines. Write manuals describing how to assemble, disassemble and service equipment you have designed. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (3)
  • Write completion reports after mechanical systems are installed. In the reports, summarize equipment specifications, any necessary modifications, verification that equipment meets industry standards and recommendations for maintenance. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (3)
  • Write production reports which track projects as you progress from the design stage to completion. In the reports, identify problems, make recommendations for changes and update clients on progress. (3)
  • Draft sections of contracts which give instructions for the installation and maintenance of equipment or parts. These instructions include descriptions of tasks to be performed, standards to be maintained, and the contractors' responsibilities. (4)
  • Write field testing reports for mechanical equipment which describe the tests performed, results obtained, overall conclusions and recommendations. The field testing reports are used to document performance of the mechanical equipment and become permanent records for future modifications and improvements. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (4)
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Document Use
  • Scan labels on equipment parts and packaging to identify product types, part numbers and destinations. (1)
  • Refer to quality specification forms to verify that products comply with required standards for dimensions, material compositions and tolerance levels for strength, durability and stress tests. These single-page forms usually provide checkboxes to flag items that don't comply with standards followed by a space for comments. (2)
  • Read production schedules to identify and track construction steps from start to target completion dates. (2)
  • Prepare proposal outlines to attract bids on project developments. Building construction proposals are usually formatted using standard forms furnished to all bidders for the purpose of obtaining price quotes. Sections of the proposal form outline who the work is for, the scope of the project, dates of work commencement and payment schedules. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (3)
  • Interpret graphs illustrating temperature and humidity readings to ensure that newly installed heating and air-conditioning systems are working properly and meet industry standards. (3)
  • Take measurements from large scale assembly drawings for equipment such as hydraulic lifts to build, test and evaluate compliance of manufactured products. The assembly drawings are often very complex and detailed with multiple layers of design elements. (4)
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Computer Use
  • Use Internet browsers to research new projects and gather trade related information from industry websites. Enter passwords to access suppliers' websites to obtain proprietary product information. Use the search function to locate new products and may access on-line bulletin boards to solicit product opinions. (2)
  • Use email programs to exchange messages and attached files with co-workers, colleagues and clients. (2)
  • Use spreadsheets to create schedules, track project timelines; plan budgets and monitor project expenses. Create budget tables and imbed formulas for calculating costs of designing, producing and installing mechanical systems and equipment. (3)
  • Use graphics software. For example, use drawing programs to create preliminary designs or illustrations which enable clients to visualize proposed products, machinery or systems. (3)
  • Use word processing. For example, write letters, contracts and site visit reports from one to several pages in length. Write longer reports which feature embedded tables and drawings and more extensive formatting. (3)
  • Use computer and software applications. Transfer digital photographs and files from digital camera memory cards to personal computers and workstations. For example, download data from building management systems to the memory card of a hand-held device. At the office, transfer the information to a larger computer to analyze the data. (3)
  • Use databases to enter and manipulate project data such as test run results. Generate material lists to be used in the mechanical systems you are designing. (3)
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacturing and machining software. For example, use drafting programs to create three-dimensional isometric scale drawings of mechanical equipment. The drawings may vary from a representation of a single bracket to a complex set of drawings for an airline express stairway. The computer renderings involve multiple drawing operations and extensive use of software features. (4)
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Oral Communication
  • Verify service and maintenance schedules with sales departments to ensure proper follow-up is conducted with clients. (1)
  • Speak with suppliers to obtain information about equipment parts and costs for special orders. (1)
  • Participate in meetings with supervisors, co-workers and employees to plan upcoming activities and to update projects. For example, discuss new quality control procedures or work methods that could be modified to improve production performance. (2)
  • Discuss proposed product designs with clients prior to production to ensure that the customers' needs are met. The information may be technical but must be well communicated and conveyed in language that customers can understand. (2)
  • Respond to complaints from clients. For example, a client may complain about a delay in the manufacturing process. The mechanical engineering technician or technologist acknowledges the complaint and explains the reason for the delay. (3)
  • Consult with subcontractors regularly to confirm that installations will be completed on time and that there are no problems with equipment. Advise subcontractors regarding the installation of equipment; for example, suggest changes to installation designs to improve equipment performance. (3)
  • Provide performance feedback to mechanics and suggest training alternatives to improve their skills. Discuss the performance standards that are necessary for quality work in the industry. Recommend additional training as appropriate when mechanics' work is substandard. Diplomacy is required to avoid hostile reactions to feedback. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (4)
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Money Math
  • Verify the accuracy of contractors' invoices for completed work and check that prices for materials and labour are correct. Add federal and provincial taxes before forwarding for payment. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule repair service calls. Scheduling is often complicated by the poor condition of the mechanical systems and the limited availability of clients. (1)
  • Prepare annual capital cost budgets for manufacturing plants and other facilities. Examine previous budgets for equipment and tools, deleting amounts for items already purchased and adding amounts for proposed new items. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (2)
  • Schedule production activities for all phases of mould design, maintenance and inspection to meet the time requirements of the contracts. These schedules are based upon the availability of equipment and machinists and upon the production deadlines set for the clients. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take precise measurements of equipment parts using specialized tools. For example, use micrometers to take internal measurements, callipers to take outside measurements of pipes and inclinometers to measure angles and curves. (2)
  • Calculate material quantities for construction, upgrading and testing projects. For example, mechanical engineering technologists and technicians may calculate the amounts of glycol required to fill new heating and cooling systems. They calculate the total pipe length of all components, and then use a mixture ratio to calculate the amounts of water and glycol required. (3)
  • Calculate surface areas and volumes for a variety of products, tools, moulds, machines and systems. For example, a mechanical engineering technologist or technician may calculate the volume and surface area of a mould for a plastic product so that the moulding equipment can be set up properly. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare the measurements of products to specification limits to ensure the products meet quality standards. (1)
  • Analyse production performance graphs. For example, an engineering technologist may examine a distribution graph of non-compliant parts to determine which departments meet or exceed quality control standards. (2)
  • Compare the amount of product that was ordered with the amount of product that is produced to confirm that the production schedules are being met. (2)
  • Analyze the functioning of heating and ventilation systems by comparing measured temperatures and humidity rates to expected values. Make adjustments to the systems if the numbers are outside the acceptable range of values. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the number of workers required to install and repair mechanical systems such as plumbing, fire protection, heating and ventilation. (2)
  • Estimate the quantities of materials needed for work orders, taking into account extra quantities required for modifying parts and replacing old equipment. Estimates are guided by experiences with similar projects and company guidelines. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians meet with team members on a regular basis to share information, co-ordinate tasks and establish work schedules. Technologists often hold supervisory positions, participate in strategic planning, establish work schedules and coordinate the work of the team members. Some technicians with several years experience may also hold supervisory positions. (3)
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians are responsible for planning and scheduling their own job tasks to accomplish work goals. Under the guidance of engineers, they provide technical support and services such as drafting, designing and testing mechanical components or equipment. They must handle frequent disruptions and respond to emergency calls from clients when mechanical systems breakdown. In these cases, they reschedule their activities to arrange maintenance calls. They usually work on more than one project at a time and have to coordinate their schedules with the activities of other members of the project team, including engineers, architects, machinists and other technicians and technologists. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which types of equipment to use for given tests. For example, before selecting a method to test the strength of equipment such as wheelchair lifts, consider previous test designs, the availability of test equipment, the number of production runs required and the unit's production schedule. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (2)
  • Decide whether to reject parts that do not exactly meet specifications. Generally accept parts such as tools, dies and moulds if the dimensions can be changed to meet quality standards and assembly requirements. (2)
  • Decide which suppliers to select based upon comparisons of material specifications and performance, costs and guaranteed delivery times. (2)
  • Decide to change mechanical equipment to less expensive units to stay within budgets. Decisions are based on how buildings are being used, the number of occupants and environmental factors such as climate. Ensure that the units you install will be adequate to meet building requirements. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (3)
  • Decide which types of mechanical units should be installed in buildings based upon space, costs and efficiency requirements. For example, compare the heating capacity of two popular units and decide to install the one that is the most cost effective. Base decisions upon technical comparisons and consultations with mechanical engineers. (3)
  • Decide whether to accept or reject mechanical installation changes proposed by construction contractors. Consider whether the changes are technically sound, the reasons for the proposed changes, and the increased costs of the changes. For example, decide to approve an adjustment to the installation of ventilation pipes to accommodate a last-minute construction change in the room layout. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Find unusual production defects and deficiencies. For example, an engineering technician finds that changes in humidity and temperature have caused the molten plastic material which is injected from hot chambers into closed moulds is sticking and not ejecting smoothly. The technician adjusts the time that materials stay in the cavities prior to ejection until he gets the process to work properly. (2)
  • Encounter production problems caused by faulty equipment set-up, inaccurate calibration, environmental changes, or mechanical failure. For example, find that air conditioning systems are not functioning according to specifications. Consult equipment records to see if the problems have previously occurred and what steps were taken for correction. Apply the same solutions as were previously used to reset systems for proper functioning. (2)
  • Notice that inexperienced machinists operate production equipment poorly and make substandard products. Observe the machinists to identify the sources of the problems. Then counsel the machinists and provide suggestions to increase job competency as appropriate. (Mechanical Engineering Technologists) (3)
  • Equipment parts are not operating as anticipated on test runs. Compare the actual measurements of the parts with the specifications to ensure that the measurements are accurate. Consult with the manufacturers to ensure that the quality of the material used in production meets the required standards. Synthesize the information and conclude that the cause may be a material selection problem. (3)
  • Discover that products being produced do not comply with quality standards. For example, product moulds do not meet stress test thresholds for thermal expansion. The mechanical engineering technologists and technicians examine the products and revise each step of the production process to locate the deficiencies and correct the problems. (3)
  • Mechanical equipment is not functioning properly. Using a trial-and-error approach, make modifications and adjustments to the equipment and analyze results to identify potential sources of the problems. Compare problematic equipment to assembly drawings and running tests on isolated parts. Make repairs, reassemble the equipment, and conduct final testing. Technical knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering are required to diagnose and fix the problems. Equipment complexity varies depending upon the work context and might include computerized data acquisition systems and hydraulic lifts. (4)
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Finding Information
  • Contact suppliers and manufacturers to obtain information and technical data and the prices of equipment. (1)
  • Refer to manuals, trade journals, textbooks, magazines, catalogues, brochures and manufacturers' websites to obtain product information. For example, refer to equipment manuals to locate information regarding the installation of heating and air-conditioning systems. (2)
  • Seek input and advice from engineers and co-workers about potential mechanical design problems when planning installations in commercial or residential areas. (2)
  • Refer to lists of specifications to review and compare the sizes and designs of mechanical components for installation. (2)
  • Refer to reference documents when preparing bids or estimates. For example, scan operating handbooks or manuals to obtain information about equipment specifications, or consult books such as RS Means Mechanical and HVAC Estimating to locate estimated construction costs for mechanical installations. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate product quality and workmanship. Verify that parts comply with specifications and adhere to company and industry standards for factors such as durability, size, colour and strength. (2)
  • Assess the suitability of new equipment needed for installations and repairs. Identify equipment requirements by considering building structures, industry standards, and budget restrictions. Compare the quality, efficiency, capacity, dimensions, price, and technical support services offered by equipment manufacturers. Discuss these criteria when making recommendations for equipment purchase. (3)
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