Mechanical Engineering Technician

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Details: Duties/Responibilities

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.

Average Hours/Working Schedule

The median annual wage of mechanical engineering technicians was $50,110 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,940, and the top 10 percent earned more than $73,980.

Most technicians work full time.

Working Location

Industries employing the largest numbers of mechanical engineering technicians research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences. Some would work in motor vehicle parts manufacturing.

Skills Required

Most employers prefer to hire someone with an associate’s degree or other post secondary training in a field such as mechanical design technology. Prospective engineering technicians should take as many science and math courses as possible while in high school due to the fact this career is major in math and science.

Education Needed

Prospective mechanical engineering technicians usually take courses in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and mechanical design in a program leading to an associate’s degree. Associate’s degree programs are in the following community colleges, which offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based. One school that offers this major would be Northern Illinois University.

Job Outlook

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. 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.