The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Careers in Technology

Careers in Technology

Engineering and applied science technologists and technicians work in the engineering field with engineers, tradespeople and scientists.

To prepare for their careers, they graduate from a two- or three-year college diploma program for engineering technicians or technologists. These programs focus on hands-on engineering technology skills compared to the more theoretical education in a university engineering program. Some graduate from a technical institute or university. Many colleges now offer applied degree programs in technology fields and these graduates get a combination of theoretical and hands-on education.

Graduates of engineering and applied science technology and technician programs work in these disciplines of engineering:

  • Bioscience
  • Building
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Electronics
  • Environmental
  • Geological
  • Geomatics
  • Industrial
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechanical
  • Mining
  • Resources
For descriptions of disciplines see the Technology Accreditation Canada Standards.

Most positions are with the private sector, government and utilities. Engineering and applied science technicians and technologists also work as private consultants and in education.

Some careers that engineering and applied science technicians and technologists choose are:

  • project management
  • maintenance-engineering supervision
  • quality analysis, testing and inspection
  • design engineering
  • research
  • manufacturing
  • high-tech electronics
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