Technologists are experts at using different technological devices related to engineering. The type of technology they operate depends on their field and can range from factory to medical equipment.
The title of technologist is bestowed upon members accepted into the Ordre technologues professionnels du Québec [Order of Professional Technologists of Quebec] (OTPQ) that, through their accreditation process, maintain the professional standards of the discipline and are mandated by the Office des professions du Québec [Office of Quebec Professions].
The order, headquartered in Montréal, has over four thousand members and is associated with Lussier Dale Parizeau, Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec. Their members contribute to the technologies community through various means and initiatives, not only by ensuring competent professionals practise the discipline. The order provides the public with an updated professional database filtering technologists based on their region, have their own portal for students aspiring to join the order and profession, and even have initiatives trying to give some underrepresented groups in the technology industry some extra presence. Additionally, they even have their own boutique to sell order member merchandise.
Candidates applying to become members in the order have different application routes. An applicant must have a diplôme d’études collégiales [College Studies Diploma] (DEC) in a technological field or an equivalent degree recognized by the order. They do accept equivalencies from outside of Quebec; however, they are treated on a case-by-case basis and do not provide exact details on which diplomas they accept.
Due to this being a profession mandated by the Office des professions du Québec, members have an exclusive right to practise as a technologist. Furthermore, becoming a member of the order ensures the beginning of a rich and fulfilling career as a technologist. They also offer internship opportunities by brokering placements with businesses and have a section dedicated to businesses looking for interns.