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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. Mechanical engineers are employed by consulting firms, by power-generating utilities and in a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries, or they may be self-employed. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, incl. typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information, includes video
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- Profile: Project Engineer in the petroleum industry - from Talent Egg
- Mechanical Engineering Overview - Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
- Sokanu: Mechanical Engineer - occupational videos and info (U.S.)
- Careers in Oil & Gas (Canada): Mechanical Engineer profile
- Engineer Profiles - from Engineering Your Future
- What does a Mechanical Engineer do? - TryEngineering.org
- Interview: Automation Engineer - from StudyinCanada.com
- HVAC Career Profile: Refrigeration System Designer and Project Manager - Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Faculty of Engineering
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Internationally-Educated Engineers Qualification Program (IEEQ)
- Engineering Access Program (ENGAP) - supports Indigenous students with preparation for and success in engineering
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Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupation Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
Engineers Salary Survey - Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba
- EScngape (Engineers Canada microsite) - labour market trends for engineering
- Canada's Best Jobs 2018: The Top 25 - Engineering Manager (#2) - Canadian Business magazine
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM)
- The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Canadian Engineering Regulatory Organizations - Engineers Canada
- Engineering Institute of Canada
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (U.S.)
- National Society of Professional Engineers (U.S.)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) - Manitoba
- Vehicle Technology Centre (Manitoba)
- Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association
- Electricity Canada - members
- Association of Equipment Manufacturers - member directory
- Canadian Aerospace Industries Association
- Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Association of Canada - Manufacturer Member Companies
- Canadian Institute of Heating & Plumbing - members
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