Fact Sheet – Engineering Technician and Engineering Technologist

Last updated: September 30, 2017

NOTICE:  September 28, 2018
This Fact Sheet is being revised. We apologize for any broken links or other errors.

Regulated professions:

  • Engineering Technician
  • Engineering Technologist
NOC 2016¹ Occupation *
Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial / Manufacturing
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
2243 Industrial instrument technicians
Civil, Architecture, Design, and Surveying
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2251 Architectural technologists and technicians
2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
2254 Land survey technologists and technicians
Computer and Network Systems, Telecommunications
2281 Computer network technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
Electrical, Electronics, and Instrumentation
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2244 Aircraft 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
2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2223 Forestry technologists and technicians
2221 Biological 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 Technician (C. Tech.)
  • Certified Applied Science Technician (C. Tech.)
  • Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.)
  • Certified Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.)

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:

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 in Reading and Writing prior to writing the CTTAM Law and Ethics Exam. See CLB Level 7 at Can Do Statements.  .

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:

Membership associations:

CTTAM offers Associate and Student Associate membership for individuals working toward CTTAM certification as a technician or technologist. See CTTAM Classifications.

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

Search occupations at Engineering Career Pathways

Search careers at Build Force Canada


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.