TORONTO, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - A college education in engineering and applied
science technology opens the door to an average salary of almost $65,000, and
total cash compensation of more than $70,000 annually, for a typical
engineering technology professional in Ontario.
Furthermore, certification leads to a quantifiable, and substantial,
increase in annual compensation, according to the findings of a recent survey
of its membership conducted by the Ontario Association of Engineering
Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). Results show OACETT certification can
produce a $10,000 annual increase in base salary for engineering technology
Based on responses gathered from more than 3,000 members across a variety
of industries and disciplines, OACETT's 2007 Compensation Survey shows a
college technician or technologist diploma leads to a mean salary of $64,270,
well above the average income for Ontario of $28,900.
And certification correlates strongly with higher levels of compensation.
Compared to associate members, certified technologists and technicians earn on
average $10,000 more in annual salary - a 17% premium - which has a present
value over a 30-year career of $172,000.
"The data clearly show the investment in study time and application fees
can pay off handsomely for certified members," said David Tsang, A.Sc.T.,
President of OACETT. "It's like a permanent raise of $10,000 a year."
Associate members of OACETT, and non-members in the engineering
technology field, including new graduates and internationally trained
professionals, can learn more about the process of certification at
OACETT is a non-profit, self-governing, professional association of
approximately 23,000 members and a 50-year history of certification in
Ontario. OACETT promotes the interests of engineering and applied science
technicians and technologists in industry, educational institutions, the
public and government.
The Association is Ontario's independent certifying body for
engineering/applied science technicians and technologists. The certifying arm
of OACETT is the Institute of Engineering Technology of Ontario (IETO). IETO's
panel of expert members evaluates applications and registers
engineering/applied science technicians and technologists who meet recognized
national standards in education and experience.
OACETT confers the designations C.Tech., C.E.T. and A.Sc.T. These symbols
of achievement in engineering/applied science technology are legally protected
for use by certified members. The designations are recognized across Canada by
employers and other engineering professionals through the efforts of
provincial associations that make up the Canadian Council of Technicians and
For further information:
For further information: Sharon Leonard, Director of Professional
Affairs and Services, Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians and
Technologists, 404-10 Four Seasons Place, Toronto, ON, M9B 6H7, Tel: (416)
621-9621, ext. 242, Fax: (416) 621-8694, www.oacett.org