Manufacturing Engineer Salary Trends and Job Profile in Canada 2021

The 10th largest GDP in the world, Canada, is also home to a number of major manufacturing companies in North America. Its focus is on lean manufacturing and workers here are mostly involved in creating specialized goods that require trained workers and high-end machinery. Manufacturing Engineers are in demand in Canada in multiple regions which have a higher number of factories and industries with production lines.

Salary trends for Manufacturing Engineers

The salary trends for manufacturing engineers in Canada show multiple anomalies; the line is far from straight. The maximum salary dives after 2-3 years of experience even though the minimum salary keeps increasing. It is to be noted that the growth rates decrease after the 2-3 year mark, and increase again after the 4-5 year boundary.

Manufacturing Engineer Salary Trends in Canada
Fig: Salary in $ vs Years of experience for Manufacturing Engineers in Canada, Source: Data collected by JobsPikr

The biggest anomaly in the data collected is the fact that both the max and min salaries fall by a large angle right after the 6-10 year mark. The reason for this might require a deeper study of the manufacturing engineering landscape in Canada and its hiring practices.

Search results for Manufacturing Engineers

The number of job posts for Manufacturing Engineers in 2021 (till 26th October, the day this data was fetched), for Canada, stood at a rather measly figure of 3,386. This is comparably smaller than the US market and even a few times lesser than the UK. This can be due to 2 possibilities that may need further research:

  • Canadian companies may be hiring employees with specialized degrees for each industry instead of manufacturing engineers.
  • Manufacturing Industry might be considerably smaller in this country.
Manufacturing Engineer job postings in Canada
Fig: Search results for Manufacturing Engineer job posts in Canada from 1/01/2021-26/10/2021, Source: Data collected by JobsPikr

The number of companies hiring manufacturing engineers stood at 620, whereas the top 5k companies had an average demand for just 5 manufacturing engineers per company. The unique job titles stood at close to 500.

Top skills in demand for Manufacturing Engineers

Based on the official website of the Government of Canada, there are multiple manufacturing sectors in the country such as:

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Automotive
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemical
  • Fuel-cells or batteries
  • Medical devices
  • Metals, plastics, rubber, and textiles
  • Shipbuilding
  • Space research

All of these industries require skilled workmen to run the factories and the machines along with manufacturing engineers to maintain the efficiency of workflows and improve their production from time to time. The most sought-after skill for manufacturing engineers in Canada is design, which is in demand more than twice any other skill. This is not surprising since designing skills are also the most asked for skill in the UK and US markets.

Manufacturing Engineer top skills in Canada
Fig: Top skills mentioned in Manufacturing Engineer job posts in Canada, Source: Data collected by JobsPikr

Tooling maintains a second position but is slightly overtaken by lean manufacturing in recent months. Lean manufacturing refers to the ability to minimize waste in production lines and maximize productivity. Operations and leadership come next, but these, along with lean manufacturing often overtake one another and their demand figures are pretty close in the Canadian job market. 

Job Types for Manufacturing Engineers

Almost a third of job posts for Manufacturing Engineers have undefined job types, while the rest of the two-third are full-time. The reason behind job posts with undefined data can be that recruiters expect manufacturing engineer positions to be full-time by default or want to evaluate candidates before deciding on whether to take them on a full-time or trial basis. 

Manufacturing Engineer job types in Canada
Fig: Manufacturing Engineer Jobs in Canada (Full time vs the rest), Source: Data collected by JobsPikr

Part-time, contractual, or internships in the post of Manufacturing Engineer are almost negligible– which is justified due to the crucial nature of the job role.

We have also sorted the jobs based on seniority and about 80% of all job posts for manufacturing engineers in Canada are entry-level, followed by around 20% of mid-level jobs.

Manufacturing Engineer seniority type in Canada
Fig: Manufacturing Engineer Jobs based on seniority, Source: Data collected by JobsPikr

There seem to be negligible Executive Level manufacturing engineer job roles, which can be since the roles change to Project Manager of Supervisor or a Team Lead, or some other leadership position once a Manufacturing Engineer has toiled for a considerable number of years on the factory floor.

Top regions with most Manufacturing Engineer posts

The top regions with the most manufacturing engineer job posts are the cities of:

  • Brampton
  • Toronto
  • Saskatoon
  • Newmarket and
  • Regina
Manufacturing Engineer top regions in Canada
Fig: Top Canadian cities with Manufacturing Engineer Jobs, Source: Data collected by JobsPikr

No specific order can be mentioned here since the demands for these cities often cross, or fall under one another, as you can easily see from the multiple crisscrosses in the graph. It can be easy to infer that given the high demand for manufacturing engineers in these cities, a large part of the Canadian industries that manufacture goods must be located in them. This way, job data can tell us a lot more than just the in-demand jobs and skills.

Canada and Manufacturing Engineer

The Manufacturing Sector makes up for more than 10% of the GDP of Canada, at a figure close to $174 billion, based on the official website. Exports rising from manufacturing is close to $350 billion every year, representing almost 70% of all products exported by the country. These in turn have created more than 1.7 million job opportunities for skilled workmen, researchers, and engineers. Manufacturing Engineers are just one of the thousands of roles required in these industries. Technological development boosted by new industries will go on to create further development of the manufacturing sector and help expand the job sector providing more local employment.

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