Job prospects Mechanical Engineer in Ontario
Job opportunities for Mechanical engineers (NOC 2132) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a mechanical engineer.
Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.
Job opportunities in Ontario
The employment outlook will be fair for Mechanical engineers (NOC 2132) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
The majority of these engineers work either in manufacturing or in the professional, scientific and technical services industry to provide consulting services. A smaller number of these professionals also work in the utilities industry to support electric power generation.
In manufacturing, these engineers help design and develop equipment, components and mechanical systems for several areas of the industry. As such, the relatively steady level of industrial activity is expected to sustain the demand for engineering services to maintain operations in the near term. As the industry shifts towards more advanced manufacturing, investments to upgrade and operate newer systems should also continue, as companies work to meet production needs and stay efficient. This should support work for engineers to design and develop products such as mechanical ventilation systems, engines, robots, and processing lines.
Within the manufacturing industry, a large number of engineers work in transportation and machinery production. Despite some setbacks in automotive manufacturing in the province, the sector continues to attract large investments in plant operations. This may increase the need for new skills in engineering services to design and implement equipment, parts and systems for the motor vehicle industry. Further, these professionals will experience a fair level of demand as the autonomous vehicle industry grows., Similarly, those tied to aerospace, and machinery production could see stable work as employment has generally been rising in these industries over the last few years.
Mechanical engineers in the professional, scientific and technical services industry usually provide consulting services to businesses and the public sector. Overall, there has been favourable demand for these consulting services from various industries, especially for high-level engineering needs. This may support job opportunities in this field as companies seek out services specializing in building systems, thermal and fluid processes, biomedical tools, and energy sustainability. In particular, these professionals may see more work as the economy also relies greater on biomechanics, micro devices and nanotechnologies.
A fair number of mechanical engineers work in the utilities industry as well. The demand for engineering services and mechanical systems related to electric and nuclear power generation may grow because of large investments to the province's energy grid and more focus on alternative energy sources. This should help support job prospects for these professionals in Ontario over the forecast period.
Generally, 'engineering' is a regulated occupation in Ontario. Individuals must be licensed by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) to practise 'professional' engineering in the province. However, not everyone working in engineering requires a licence, as this depends on the type of engineering work the individual is undertaking and the level of responsibility assigned. Employers though tend to recruit individuals in this occupation who are already licensed or eligible to be registered with the PEO.
Mechanical engineers may be required to have experience in a particular field such as electric power generation, building systems, or a specific area of manufacturing. Those with knowledge of 2D and 3D software modelling tools such as SolidWorks or AutoCAD will have more favourable job prospects. Some positions also require mechanical engineers to travel to various sites. In addition, engineers with project management, and sound communication and soft skills will likely fare better in the labour market.
Bridging programs are available to help international engineering graduates (IEGs) integrate into this occupation in Ontario. An official association such as the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is one of the sources available to obtain information on opportunities for related professional development, and networking activities.
Here are some key facts about Mechanical engineers in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 19,800 people work in this occupation.
- Mechanical engineers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 28%
- Motor vehicle, body, trailer and parts manufacturing (NAICS 3361-3363): 13%
- Machinery manufacturing (NAICS 333): 8%
- Utilities (NAICS 22): 7%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 73% of mechanical engineers work all year, while 27% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 9% of mechanical engineers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Fair Fair|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Fair Fair|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Fair Fair|
|London Region||Fair Fair|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Fair Fair|
|Northeast Region||Fair Fair|
|Northwest Region||Fair Fair|
|Ottawa Region||Fair Fair|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Fair Fair|
|Toronto Region||Fair Fair|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Fair Fair|
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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada
We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Mechanical engineers (NOC 2132) in Canada over the next 10 years.
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