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Overview of the Engineering Industry

Introduction

BC is projected to have approximately 31,150 job openings from 2014-2024 for engineers, geoscientists, technologists and technicians. Over 40% of new workers in this sector will be newcomers to Canada.

Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians in B.C.: Engineering & Geoscience Labour Market Study

Canada experienced an unprecedented slowdown in economic activity in the first half of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, B.C.’s economy is expected to perform better than some other regions of the country, in part due to continued progress on large-scale projects, including the LNG Canada terminal and the associated pipeline. Boosted by government capital spending, large engineering and infrastructure construction is set to rise in 2021.

In BC, the 30 top growth industries that help fuel its economy include the following technology driven sectors that need qualified engineering professionals and technologists/technicians:

  • oil and gas engineering construction
  • residential building construction
  • pipeline transportation and natural gas
  • computer systems design
  • oil & gas extraction & petroleum refining
  • mining
  • wood products manufacturing

Sources: Business Council of BC: An Update on BC’s Fastest Growing Industries [2012-2017], TD Provincial Economic Forecast, September 2020

Forecast of Engineering Job Openings (2015-2024) & Projected Employment Gap: Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists & Technicians

The report, Labour Market Information (2015-2024) Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians in B.C. forecasts that B.C. faces a considerable demand for new engineers, geoscientists, technologists and technicians over the next 10 years projecting a net of 11,555 new, additional jobs by 2024. With the addition of retirement, 31,150 job openings will need to be filled over the 10 years of the forecast (2015-2024).

From 2015 to 2019, labour market expansion will drive job openings. However, over the course of the 10- year period, retirement will account for the majority of job openings, with one quarter of workers today expected to retire and leave the labour market in the next decade. The rate of supply is expected to lag job openings throughout the entire 10-year outlook – up to 10 per cent in the first five years.

Engineering/Geoscience Job Openings

From 2015 to 2019, labour market expansion will drive job openings. However, over the course of the 10- year period, retirement will account for the majority of job openings, with one quarter of workers today expected to retire and leave the labour market in the next decade. The rate of supply is expected to lag job openings throughout the entire 10-year outlook – up to 10 per cent in the first five years.

It is projected that by 2024, 52% of these openings will be filled by new graduates, 40% by new immigrants, 1% by inter-provincial mobility and 7% by inter-occupational mobility.

Anticipated Supply for Engineering & Geoscience Job Openings through 2024

Regional Distribution of Engineers*

84% in Lower Mainland, 1% in Northern BC, 6% in Southeastern BC, 9% in Vancouver Island Coast
(*14 engineering occupations)

Regional Distribution of Technologists/Technicians*:

71% in the Lower Mainland; 5% in Northern BC; 12% in Southeastern BC; and 12% in Vancouver Island Coast
(*16 Technologist and Technician occupations)

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Occupations in the Engineering Industry

Engineers

Engineers Occupations NOC Codes

Source: Engineering Labour Market in Canada, Engineers Canada

Technologists and Technicians Occupations

Engineering Industry: Top Occupations in Demand across BC regions

WorkBC’s list of High Opportunity Occupations includes the following engineering and technology careers:

  • software engineers & designers
  • civil engineers
  • electrical & electronics engineers
  • mechanical engineers
  • engineering managers
  • computer engineers
  • geological engineers
  • petroleum engineers

The following table shows the projected job openings for these in-demand careers and the approximate percentage of openings that will be filled by migrants moving to BC (both international & interprovincial migrants):

engineering occupations and total number job openings in BC 2019 - 2029

Sources: British Columbia Labour Market Outlook 2019-2029 [includes the top 100 opportunity occupations], Engineering Labour Market in Canada: Projections to 2025 [provides the net in-migration breakdown]

Finding Jobs in the Engineering Industry

Online Job Postings

Creating a List of Potential Employers

You can use directories to produce lists of employers in this industry in British Columbia. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.

  • Reference Canada
    Click on “Start Search” beside Canadian Businesses, then select the “Advanced Search” button.
    Select both “Keyword/SIC/NAICS” under Business Type and “City” under Geography.
    In the top search box enter the type of engineering work that is relevant to you, e.g. civil engineersormechanical engineersordrafting” and click SEARCH.
    Select the appropriate headings.
    Lower down, select the Province, choose the cities, and click the “View Results” button.
    NOTE: You can access this database from a Library computer. If you are using a computer from outside the Library, you will need a Vancouver Public Library card to login to this database. After clicking on the database name, you will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN (usually last four digits of your telephone number).

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