National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.3

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223 - Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering

This minor group includes technologists and technicians working in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering. They are employed by public works, transportation and other government departments; consulting engineering, insurance, manufacturing, processing and residential, commercial and industrial construction companies; major electrical, mechanical and trade contractors; and in many other industries; or they may be self-employed.

2231 - Civil engineering technologists and technicians

Civil engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services to scientists, engineers and other professionals, or may work independently in fields such as structural engineering, municipal engineering, construction design and supervision, highways and transportation engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering and environmental protection. They are employed by consulting engineering and construction companies, public works, transportation and other government departments and in many other industries.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • bridge design technician
    • building materials technician
    • civil engineering technician
    • civil engineering technologist
    • construction specifications writer
    • construction technologist
    • foundation technologist
    • highway technician
    • municipal engineering assistant
    • soil technologist - civil engineering
    • structural design technologist
    • structural investigator

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Architectural technologists and technicians (See 2251 Architectural technologists and technicians)
    • Construction estimators (See 2234 Construction estimators)
    • Construction inspectors (See 2264 Construction inspectors)
    • Construction managers (See 0711 Construction managers)
    • Drafting technologists and technicians (See 2253 Drafting technologists and technicians)
    • Land survey technologists and technicians (See 2254 Land survey technologists and technicians)
    • Urban and land use planners (See 2153 Urban and land use planners)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    Civil engineering technologists

    • Develop conventional and computer-assisted design (CAD) engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts and sketches
    • Prepare construction specifications, cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports
    • Supervise or conduct field surveys, inspections or technical investigations of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings and structures to provide data for engineering projects
    • Conduct or supervise inspection and testing of construction materials
    • May supervise, monitor and inspect construction projects.

    Civil engineering technicians

    • Assist in developing engineering specifications and drawings
    • Participate in field surveys, inspections or technical investigations of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings and structures to provide data for engineering projects
    • Perform other technical functions in support of civil engineering activities.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of a two- or three-year college program in civil engineering technology or a closely related discipline is usually required for civil engineering technologists.
    • Completion of a one- or two-year college program in civil engineering technology is usually required for civil engineering technicians.
    • Certification in civil engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required for some positions.
    • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
    • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."
  • Additional information

    • There is mobility to related occupations, such as drafting technologists and technicians and construction inspectors and estimators.
    • Progression to construction supervisors or construction managers is possible with experience.

2232 - Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

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, geothermal power plants, power generation and power conversion plants, manufacturing plants and equipment. They are employed by consulting engineering, manufacturing and processing companies, institutions and government departments.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • aeronautical technologist
    • heating designer
    • heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technologist
    • machine designer
    • marine engineering technologist
    • mechanical engineering technician
    • mechanical engineering technologist
    • mechanical technologist
    • mould designer
    • thermal station technician
    • tool and die designer
    • tool designer

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Drafting technologists and technicians (See 2253 Drafting technologists and technicians)
    • Industrial designers (See 2252 Industrial designers)
    • Managers in manufacturing and utilities (See 091 Managers in manufacturing and utilities)
    • Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade (See 6221 Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    Mechanical engineering technologists

    • 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.

    Mechanical engineering technicians

    • Assist in preparing conventional and computer-assisted design (CAD) engineering designs, drawings and specifications
    • Carry out a limited range of mechanical tests and analyses of machines, components and materials
    • Assist in the design of moulds, tools, dies, jigs and fixtures for use in manufacturing processes
    • Assist in inspection of mechanical installations and construction projects
    • Participate in the installation, repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of a two- or three-year college program in mechanical engineering technology is usually required for mechanical engineering technologists.
    • Completion of a one- or two-year college program in mechanical engineering technology is usually required for mechanical engineering technicians.
    • Certification in mechanical engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required for some positions.
    • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
    • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."
  • 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.

2233 - Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians

Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians may work independently or provide technical support and services in the development of production methods, facilities and systems, and the planning, estimating, measuring and scheduling of work. They are employed by manufacturing and insurance companies, government departments, and establishments in other industries.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) programmer
    • industrial engineering technician
    • industrial engineering technologist
    • loss prevention technologist - manufacturing
    • manufacturing technician
    • manufacturing technologist
    • planning technician
    • plastics manufacturing technician
    • pulp and paper manufacturing technologist
    • quality assurance technologist
    • scheduling technician - manufacturing
    • textile technologist
    • time study analyst

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades (See 723 Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades)
    • Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade (See 6221 Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade)
    • Textile technologists/technicians working in support of chemical dyeing and finishing and quality control technologists/technicians in food or chemical industries or laboratories (See 2211 Chemical technologists and technicians)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists

    • Develop and conduct production, inventory and quality assurance programs in manufacturing or in other industries
    • Design plant layouts and production facilities
    • Develop and carry out work study and related programs
    • Develop and carry out industrial health, safety and fire prevention plans and programs and conduct safety training programs
    • Develop applications using CAD/CAM (computer-assisted drafting, computer-assisted manufacturing) for the control of robots, computer numerical control (CNC) machines and other manufacturing processes and operations.

    Industrial engineering and manufacturing technicians

    • Assist in the design of plant layouts
    • Conduct work measurement or other studies
    • Collect and compile operational or experimental data and assist in the development of estimates, schedules, specifications and reports
    • Collect and analyze data and samples in support of quality assurance and industrial health and safety programs
    • Develop manufacturing and processing procedures and variables, set machine or equipment controls, oversee production and inspect processes.

    Technologists and technicians in this unit group may specialize in the development of production processes, quality assurance programs, plans and schedules in a particular industrial area such as metal fabrication, plastics, pulp and paper, or textile manufacturing.

  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of a two- or three-year college program or equivalent in industrial engineering technology, pulp and paper technology, plastics technology, textile technology, manufacturing technology or a related discipline is usually required for industrial engineering or manufacturing technologists.
    • Completion of a one- or two-year college program in industrial engineering technology or in a related discipline is usually required for industrial engineering or manufacturing technicians.
    • Certification in industrial engineering or manufacturing technology or in a related field is available through provincial or territorial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required for some positions.
    • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
    • A college diploma in manufacturing technology and/or trade certification and experience in machining and tooling or metalworking is required for CAD-CAM/CNC programmers.
    • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."
  • Additional information

    • There is mobility to related fields such as technical sales.
    • Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

2234 - Construction estimators

Construction estimators analyze costs of and prepare estimates on civil engineering, architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical construction projects. They are employed by residential, commercial and industrial construction companies and major electrical, mechanical and trade contractors, or they may be self-employed.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • chief estimator - construction
    • construction estimator
    • cost estimator - construction
    • principal estimator - construction
    • professional quantity surveyor
    • quantity surveyor - construction

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Architectural technologists and technicians (See 2251 Architectural technologists and technicians)
    • Civil engineering technologists and technicians (See 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians)
    • Civil engineers (See 2131 Civil engineers)
    • Construction managers (See 0711 Construction managers)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Prepare estimates of probable costs of materials, labour and equipment for construction projects based on contract bids, quotations, schematic drawings and specifications
    • Advise on tendering procedures, examine and analyze tenders, recommend tender awards and conduct negotiations
    • Establish and maintain tendering process and set up cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures
    • Prepare cost and expenditure statements and forecasts at regular intervals for the duration of a project
    • Prepare and maintain a directory of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors
    • Liaise, consult and communicate with engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors, and prepare economic feasibility studies on changes and adjustments to cost estimates
    • Manage and co-ordinate construction projects and prepare construction progress schedules.

    Estimators may specialize in estimating costs for structural, electrical or mechanical construction projects.

  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is required.
    • Completion of a three-year college program in civil or construction engineering technology
      or
      Several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a construction trade such as plumbing, carpentry or electrical, are required.
    • Certification by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors is usually required.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to more senior positions in this unit group, such as senior estimator or to construction management positions is possible with experience.
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