Technologists and Technicians in Canada

Their Role

Technology Professionals design, construct, inspect, test, maintain and manage much of the technology-based world around us, including our buildings, computers, electrical power systems, all manner of equipment, our roads, the environment, and water and wastewater systems. They work in private enterprise, for consulting engineering and technology companies, in all levels of government and as private consultants.

Their Careers

Technology Professionals enjoy stimulating, rewarding careers which often involve a combination of inside work – including design and project management – as well as on-site field work. They are considered to be important members of the ‘Engineering Team’ comprised of scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, and tradespersons and are in high demand, even when the economy is slow.

Their Recognition

Technicians and technologists achieve professional recognition through certification and registration by provincial associations for technology professionals. Each association is responsible for ensuring its members follow high professional and ethical standards that protect the public interest.

Certification is increasingly valued by employers, including government, as a measure of an individual’s knowledge, capabilities and commitment to high working standards.

Their Background

Certified engineering technicians and technologists typically come from an applied science or engineering background and have graduated from a certificate, diploma or degree program; completed at least two years of working experience in their chosen discipline; and have successfully completed a Professional Practice and Ethics examination.

The Words 'Engineer' and 'Engineering'

The words ‘Engineer’ and ‘Engineering’ have many different meanings throughout the world, and even within Canada. Those working in the applied science engineering field should be aware that, although they may use the word 'Engineer' as part of their job title, they may not necessarily qualify as a Professional Engineer or a Technology Professional in Canada. Anyone applying for certification through this web site who is found to be potentially eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer will be referred to the appropriate provincial association for Professional Engineers.

 

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