YOUR CAREER AS A MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

This one’s for the readers, the listeners and the thinkers, who are looking for the fast track to a growing career in automation, robotics and design.

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A Day in the Life of a Mechanical Engineering Technician

This one’s for the readers, the listeners and the thinkers, who are looking for the fast track to a growing career in automation, robotics and design.


MEDIAN INCOME

$54K


ANNUAL OPENINGS

430


PROJECTED JOB GROWTH

10.4%


WHAT IS A MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN?

Mechanical engineering technicians apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test or calibrate machinery and equipment under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists. They review instructions and blueprints for projects in order to ensure that test specifications and procedures are followed, and objectives are met. Mechanical engineering technicians also compare test results with design specifications and with test objectives and make recommendations for changes in products or in test methods, as well as estimating labor costs, equipment life and plant space.

ARE YOU A GOOD FIT?

Mechanical engineering technicians possess these qualities:

  • READING COMPREHENSION
  • ACTIVE LISTENING
  • CRITICAL THINKING

WHAT DO MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS DO?

Close-up of a mechanical engineering technician using calipers to measure gear dimensions.

Evaluate design drawings for new or changed tools by measuring dimensions on the drawings and comparing them with the original specifications.

Female mechanical engineering technician using software to prepare layouts of parts to be made.

Prepare layouts and drawings of parts to be made and of the process for putting the parts together, often using three-dimensional design software.

Male and female mechanical engineering technicians discussing design and assembly changes in a workshop.

Discuss changes with coworkers—for example, in the design of a part and in the way it will be made and assembled.

Male mechanical engineering technician assembling mechanical parts for industrial equipment.

Plan, produce and assemble new or changed mechanical parts for products, such as industrial machinery or equipment.

Quality control inspector examines machine part on production line.

Set up and conduct tests of complete units and their components, and record results.


EDUCATION & TRAINING

Check out the educational requirements for a mechanical engineering technician career.

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Associate's degree

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None


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