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.
Duties May Include
Mechanical engineers perform some or all of the following duties:
Research, design, and develop machinery/systems for heating, ventilating/air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing, and manufacturing
Have duties related to the evaluation, installation, operation, and maintenance of mechanical systems
Work with professionals from other fields, gaining knowledge/skills that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, sales, marketing, and management
Work closely with civil, electrical, aerospace, chemical, industrial, and other engineers, resulting in job mobility between some fields of specialization in these disciplines
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Where They Work
Mechanical engineers work for consulting firms, power-generating utilities, and a wide range of manufacturing, processing, and transportation industries. They may also be self-employed.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code found next to the name of the career is a 4-digit code that classifies occupations by different skill types and skill levels.
The information on careers is adapted from Canadian Occupational Projection System, a project by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which uses annual data to analyze trends in labour.
© Canadian Occupational Projection System, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2011.
© JobFutures, Labour Force Survey, 2006.
© National Occupational Classification, Human Resources Skills and Development Canada, 2006.
© Working in Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.