What to expect from a career in Mechanics or Mechanical Engineering Tech
There is a demand for skilled workers in the field of mechanics, from automotive mechanic apprentices to mechanical engineering technologists. In Ontario college mechanical programs, students enhance their problem-solving skills and gain plenty of hands-on shop experience to prepare for one of many mechanical career opportunities.
If you have a mechanical aptitude and are interested in starting a career in this field, here’s what you need to know.
Mechanical programs usually fall into one of these categories:
- Mechanic. There are many mechanic program options where you can learn to repair, troubleshoot and maintain various machines, from trucks and cars to small engines and more. Mechanic programs provide students with technical knowledge and hands-on experience that can be counted towards or act as preparation for a particular apprenticeship, such as automotive mechanic. Courses will vary depending on the area of specialization, but may include subjects like electrical skills, fuel systems, brakes, shop safety and suspension.
- Mechanical Tech / Mechanical Engineering Tech. There are one-, two- and three-year programs available in mechanical tech / mechanical engineering tech. Some programs have a specific focus area, such as industrial maintenance, electro-mechanics, automotive and more. Depending on the program, course topics may include welding, machine design, cost estimating, manufacturing processes and drafting.
Note: These programs have different focus areas and lead to diverse careers. Be sure to read program information carefully to find what’s right for you.
General Mechanical Program Requirements
Requirements for mechanical programs at Ontario colleges vary depending on the type of program, program level and institution. Typically, programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), which includes a grade 12 English and grade 11 or 12 mathematics credit. Additional credits in math, physics and drafting are often seen as assets, but are not always necessary.
If you’re interested in an apprenticeship program, you must be registered with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities before you can be accepted into the program. Some programs allow you to claim work hours and class time towards an apprenticeship at the end of the program.
Mechanical Jobs and Salaries
Mechanical jobs in repair, design, production and maintenance can be found in many industries, such as automotive, energy, mining, construction and robotics. Common job titles graduates have held include (but aren’t limited to):
- Automotive Mechanic
- Mechanical Engineering Technician
- Manufacturing Technician
- Industrial Mechanic
The average starting salary for graduates of Ontario college mechanical programs is between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. Salaries typically increase with experience or with levels of certification (in relation to apprentices).
Ontario Colleges Offering Mechanical Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of mechanical programs at Ontario colleges.