Mechanical Engineering Technician

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Duties/Responsibilities

Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.


Working hours/schedule

Full time

8 hours a day 5 days a week

Working Location

Testing lab, manufacturing, and research and development lab.

Salary

Average yearly income: $50,110

Average hourly income: $24.09

Education

At least an Associates Degree in sciences such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, or mechanical design.

This can be attained from a technical school or a Community college such as Triton.

Skills Required

Communication skills. Can follow instructions and ask supervisors if they do not understand instructions.

Creativity. Mechanical engineering technicians help to bring plans and designs to life.

Detail oriented. Mechanical engineering technicians must make precise measurements and keep accurate records for mechanical engineers.

Interpersonal skills. Mechanical engineering technicians must be able to take instructions and offer advice when it is needed.

Math skills. Mechanical engineering technicians use mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical engineering technicians must apply theory and instructions from engineers by making new components for industrial machinery or equipment. They need to be able to operate machinery such as drill presses, grinders, and engine lathes.

Technical skills. Mechanical engineering technicians must be able to help engineers keep production machinery running and use equipment to record important data.

Job Outlook/Growth

Employment of mechanical engineering technicians is expected to increase by 4 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment in this occupation depends on the overall state of manufacturing, which is expected to decline. Mechanical engineering technicians also work for firms in engineering services and in research and development, both of which contract services from manufacturing and other industries. Employment of mechanical engineering technicians will not change at the same rate in every industry.

This occupation looks like it could grow in the following fields:

  • Re-manufacturing- restoring nonworking products to working condition, is becoming increasingly important because it can reduce waste disposal costs for counties and cities. Remanufacturing is likely to be confined to domestic activity, because transportation costs to remanufacture abroad would make these products less competitive compared with newly manufactured products.
  • Products from alternative energy sources, such as wind power and solar power, should be in demand because of a drive to cut energy costs. Demand for mechanical engineering technicians is expected as mechanical engineers move into these alternative energies and need help implementing designs and plans.


Advancement Opportunities/Similar Careers

There really isn't any higher you can go from this career, but having experience in this field and getting more education can help you become a Mechanical Engineer.


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