The average mechanic in Alberta is earning $25,000 a year, compared to $30,000 for the average person, according to data from Statistics Canada.
A mechanical keyboard costs between $4,000 and $8,000.
Mechanical keyboards have become increasingly popular in recent years, with a trend toward cheaper keyboards in recent weeks.
But some people still prefer the old-school feel of a traditional keyboard, with keys that feel more like the ones used on a typewriter.
Some manufacturers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with a mechanical keyboard by adding tactile feedback, as well as software features like the ability to program it.
But the average mechanic, in the words of a mechanical engineer, is still a “very, very small part” of the $35-billion Canadian economy, said Rob Carrick, vice president of technology services at MacNeil Canada.
“I’m still a very small guy,” he said.
“We’re talking about something that I can actually touch, so it’s a little bit less tactile.”
Some mechanical keyboards can be as much as 30 per cent cheaper than an average computer keyboard, according.
A common question that comes up is “what does it cost?”
“It varies from person to person,” said Carrick.
“It depends on how much the manufacturer has to spend to make it a little cheaper.
It’s really quite low.”
There are many reasons mechanical keyboards are popular, said Carricks.
“They’re a very inexpensive way of having something in your hands that you can use, that feels comfortable,” he explained.
“There’s a certain amount of convenience, as opposed to having to use a mechanical device.”
For some people, the tactile feedback is also a big draw.
“For me, it’s like being able to look at things from my front or rear,” said Matt Smith, who works in construction.
“If I have a tactile feedback keyboard, I can look at it from a different angle.”
Smith has had mechanical keyboards since he was a teenager, and said the mechanical feedback gives him a lot more control over how he moves his hand.
“You can control the speed of your fingers, and your thumbs, and even the angle of your thumbs,” he told CBC News.
“And that’s something I don’t really get with most other types of keyboards.”
Carrick said there are some keyboards that are a little better than others.
“Some mechanical keyboards that I’ve had are a lot better than other keyboards, but for the most part, there’s a fairly high price point,” he added.