Mechanical Engineering Technician

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Mechanical Engineering Technicians Career Video

Applies theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Discusses changes in design, method of manufacture and assembly, and drafting techniques and procedures with staff and coordinate corrections.
  • Calculates required capacities for equipment of proposed system to obtain specified performance and submits data to engineering personnel for approval.
  • Reviews project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and tests nature of technical problems such as redesign.
  • Drafts detail drawing or sketch for drafting room completion or to request parts fabrication by machine, sheet or wood shops.
  • Analyzes test results in relation to design or rated specifications and tests objectives, and modifies or adjusts equipment to meet specifications.
  • Records test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods.
  • Confers with technicians and submits reports of test results to engineering department and recommends design or material changes.
  • Reads dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance.
  • Reviews project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing.
  • Sets up and conducts tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Design Engineer — Researches and develops ideas for new products and production systems.
  • Designer
  • Engineering Lab Technician
  • Engineering Technical Analyst
  • Engineering Technician — Solves technical application oriented problems, for example the technician makes sure things, such as circuits or transportation systems, work.
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Lab Technician
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Process Technician
  • Research and Development Technician