Fact Sheet - Engineering Technician and Engineering Technologist

Last updated: December 2019

Regulated professions

  • Engineering Technician
  • Engineering Technologist
NOC 2016¹Occupation*
Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial / Manufacturing
2211Chemical technologists and technicians
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2261Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
2243Industrial instrument technicians
Civil, Architecture, Design, and Surveying
2231Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2251Architectural technologists and technicians
2253Drafting technologists and technicians
2254Land survey technologists and technicians
Computer and Network Systems, Telecommunications
2281Computer network technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
7245Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workers
Electrical, Electronics, and Instrumentation
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2244Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
Note: Avionics inspectors, mechanics and technicians who sign maintenance releases and certify airworthiness require an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's (AME) licence (category E – avionics) issued by Transport Canada.
Earth Sciences and Biological
2212Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2223Forestry technologists and technicians
2221Biological technologists and technicians
*Many job titles include the term "technician" or "technologist". Some technician or technologist positions have mandatory certification requirements with CTTAM. Others do not. Certification requirements will typically be included in the job posting.

Regulator

Regulated titles

  • Certified Engineering Technician (C.Tech.)
  • Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.)
  • Certified Applied Science Technician (A.Sc.T.; C.Tech)
  • Certified Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.; C.E.T)

Note: CTTAM offers Student and Associate membership for individuals working toward CTTAM certification as a technician or technologist. For further information see Membership Levels

National bodies

  • Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) is the national organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the profession. CCTT also established and maintains the National Technology Benchmarks (NTB) in partnership with the National Council of Deans of Technology (NCDoT). CCTT is not a regulatory body.
  • Canadian Technology Immigration Network (CTIN) is a one-stop source for information on work, credential recognition, immigration, and settlement for individuals in the applied science and engineering technology professions. CTIN is not a regulatory body.

Application process (for professional certification)

Credential assessment

  • Effective May 1, 2017 CTTAM refers all internationally-educated applicants to WES Canada (World Education Services) in order to obtain a WES ICAP credential evaluation. WES is a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC). WES is not a regulatory body.
  • For detailed information on the credential evaluation process, see information on “Application process” above.

Language proficiency

  • While there is no language proficiency requirement to begin the CTTAM application process, for applicants whose first language is not English, CTTAM recommends English language proficiency comparable to a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 7. For further information on CLB levels, open “Can Do Statements” and scroll to CLB 7.

Professional competency profiles

See National Technology Benchmarks (NTB) developed by The Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists (CCTT) in partnership with the National Council of Deans of Technology (NCDoT) and the Council of Registrars (COR).

Tools/resources

  • FAQs at CTTAM
  • The Technology Registrations Canada (TRC) web site is a joint initiative by Canada’s provincial associations for Technology Professionals. Its purpose is to help qualified individuals become certified and registered as career professionals in Canada.

Employment outlook

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools

To search job postings in any occupation, visit:

  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations/alternate careers

There are many reasons an internationally-educated technician or technologist may be interested in working in a related occupation. Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply their skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of technology and related disciplines. While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body. Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification (e.g. First Aid certificate, etc.). Always check the hiring criteria carefully. Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹Occupation
2234Construction estimators
2264Construction inspectors
2263Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
9243Water and waste treatment plant operators
1225Purchasing agents and officers
5121Specifications writer / technical writer
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
2282User support technicians

Note: The NOC table provided at the top of this fact sheet lists numerous technician and technologist occupations. Some employers / positions will require mandatory certification with CTTAM; others will not. Always read the job posting carefully. Hiring requirements are set by the employer.

Other resources


Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division. It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.