Mechanical Engineering Technologists & Technicians

DESCRIPTION

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services to project teams and the shipbuilding workforce. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians are often involved in the research & development and mechanical equipment design. This means that they are often highly involved in the process of testing, quality control, and project management concerning mechanical engineering innovations. 

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians spend a great deal of time applying scientific and engineering principles to solve mechanical engineering design problems. They are often involved in specialized electronics and computer manufacturing and other fields that involve the transmission of power and energy through mechanical systems. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • 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.
  • Design moulds, tools, dies, jigs and fixtures for use in manufacturing processes. 
  • Conduct tests and analyses of machines, components and materials to determine their performance, strength, response to stress and other characteristics.
  • Prepare standards and schedules and supervise mechanical maintenance programs or operations of mechanical plans.
  • Prepare cost and material estimates, project schedules, reports, contracts and tender documents.
THIS JOB IS FOR YOU IF…
  • You are highly skilled and passionate about engineering, physics and material sciences.
  • You have a broad understanding of core scientific concepts as well as computer-aided engineering tools and product life cycle management techniques.
  • You are keen to be on the leading edge of physics and engineering developments.
  • You are highly analytical and scientific in your approach to shipbuilding design and construction.

GETTING STARTED

Technologists and technician careers in the BC shipbuilding & ship repair industry typically begin with graduates obtaining an entry level job after completing certification, or with workers moving over from other sectors such as electrical utilities, communications, manufacturering, consulting firms, and a wide range of processing and transportation industries.

Discuss possible career steps with your school counsellor, career counsellor, or a union hall representative and consider high school trades programs and post-secondary pre-apprenticeship programs as a great place to start learning about the trades.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Completion of a two or three-year college diploma program in mechanical engineering technology is usually required for mechanical engineering technologists. Completion of a one or two-year college program in mechanical engineering is usually required for mechanical engineering technicians. Most college programs require high school graduation for entry, or an equivalency of course achievement. Check your local training provider for entry requirements. 

Trade certification as a mechanical engineering technologist or technician  typically requires supervised work experience for a period of at least two years.

Continuing technical education throughout a mechanical engineering technologist or technician’s career is also necessary to remain current in the field. Individuals can seek out this additional training or it may be offered by employers or the industry.