Mechanical Engineering Technicians
SOC: 17-3027.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
48,400 employed

Projected (2024):
49,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Auto Design Checker
  • Automation Technician
  • Brinell Tester
  • Certified Control Systems Technician
  • Design Engineer
  • Designer
  • Development Technician
  • Die Drawing Checker
  • Electric Motor Mechanic
  • Engineering Drawings Checker
  • Engineering Lab Technician
  • Engineering Technical Analyst
  • Engineering Technician
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Experimental Technician
  • Finite Element Analysis Modeling Specialist (FEA Modeling Specialist)
  • Gyroscope Technician
  • Gyroscopic Engineering Technician
  • Heat Transfer Technician
  • Hydraulic Technician
  • Industrial Multicraft Maintenance Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Laser Technician
  • Laser/Electro-Optics Technician (LEOT)
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Maintenance Superintendent
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Service Specialist
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Molding Technician
  • Motor Tester
  • Optomechanical Technician
  • Process Engineering Technician
  • Process Technician
  • Proof Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Research and Development Technician
  • Research Mechanic
  • Robotics Technician
  • Tool Analyst
  • Tool Design Checker
  • Tool or Die Drawing Checker
  • Tool Specialist


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Prepare parts sketches and write work orders and purchase requests to be furnished by outside contractors.
  • Draft detail drawing or sketch for drafting room completion or to request parts fabrication by machine, sheet or wood shops.
  • Review project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and test nature of technical problems such as redesign.
  • Review project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing.
  • Devise, fabricate, and assemble new or modified mechanical components for products such as industrial machinery or equipment, and measuring instruments.
  • Discuss changes in design, method of manufacture and assembly, and drafting techniques and procedures with staff and coordinate corrections.
  • Set up and conduct tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance.
  • Inspect lines and figures for clarity and return erroneous drawings to designer for correction.
  • Analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications.
  • Evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills.
  • Confer with technicians and submit reports of test results to engineering department and recommend design or material changes.
  • Calculate required capacities for equipment of proposed system to obtain specified performance and submit data to engineering personnel for approval.
  • Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods.
  • Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance.
  • Estimate cost factors including labor and material for purchased and fabricated parts and costs for assembly, testing, or installing.
  • Set up prototype and test apparatus and operate test controlling equipment to observe and record prototype test results.
  • Operate drill press, grinders, engine lathe, or other machines to modify parts tested or to fabricate experimental parts for testing.
  • Test equipment, using test devices attached to generator, voltage regulator, or other electrical parts, such as generators or spark plugs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Accelerometers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Anemometers
  • Arc welding equipment
  • Arc-joint pliers
  • Band saws
  • Belt sanders
  • Bend test fixtures
  • Bore gauges
  • Brazing equipment
  • C clamps
  • Center punches
  • Clamp-on ammeters
  • Claw hammers
  • Combination milling machines
  • Combination squares
  • Compression testing machines
  • Computerized numerical control CNC lathes
  • Computerized numerical control CNC vertical milling machines
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Cylindrical grinders
  • Dial calipers
  • Dial indicators
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digitizing tablets
  • Drafting plotters
  • Drill presses
  • Dry rod ovens
  • Durometers
  • Dynamic mechanical analyzers DMA
  • Dynamometers
  • Electronic comparators
  • Extrusion machines
  • Fatigue testers
  • Fluid meters
  • Force sensors
  • Freon recovery equipment
  • Gas welding equipment
  • Go/no-go gauges
  • Granite surface plates
  • Guided bend weld test units
  • Hacksaws
  • Hand brakes
  • Hardness testers
  • Heat treatment furnaces
  • Hex keys
  • High-voltage amplifiers
  • Hydraulic universal testers
  • Impact testers
  • Injection molding machines
  • Laptop computers
  • Lathes
  • Layout squares
  • Linear amplifiers
  • Load cells
  • Locking pliers
  • Long nose pliers
  • Marking gauges
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metal cutting dies
  • Metal cutting taps
  • Metal inert gas MIG welding equipment
  • Metallographs
  • Micrometers
  • Microprocessors
  • Mill files
  • Milling machines
  • Nut drivers
  • Offset screwdrivers
  • Optical comparators
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Oxyacetylene welding equipment
  • Pedestal grinders
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Plane-parallel gauge blocks
  • Polishing machines
  • Portable welding equipment
  • Positioning jigs
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders
  • Power shears
  • Power sheet metal shears
  • Pressure sensors
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Protractors
  • Punch presses
  • Ring gauges
  • Rotameters
  • Rotational molders
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Screw gauge micrometers
  • Screw pitch gauges
  • Screw thread gauges
  • Scribers
  • Scroll saws
  • Shear testers
  • Sheet metal slitters
  • Signal conditioners
  • Signal generators
  • Sine bars
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Slotted screwdrivers
  • Snap gauges
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering equipment
  • Spirit levels
  • Spot welders
  • Steel rules
  • Stick welding machines
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Strain gauges
  • Surface grinding machines
  • Switched amplifiers
  • Taper plug gauges
  • Temperature sensors
  • Tensile testers
  • Torque meters
  • Track burning machines
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Twin-screw extruders
  • Twist drills
  • Ultrasound inspection equipment
  • Utility knives
  • Vacuum molders
  • Vernier calipers
  • Vernier height gauges
  • Vibration testers
  • Welding masks
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • ANSYS Mechanical
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • C++
  • CNC Mastercam
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computerized numerical control CNC programming software
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • IBM CATIA V5
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • MSC Software Adams
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • PTC Pro/ENGINEER software
  • Robotic control software
  • SAP software
  • Soft Servo Systems LadderWorks PLC
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Spectral Dynamics STARAcoustics
  • Spectral Dynamics STARModal
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Three-dimensional 3D solid modeling software
  • Web browser software
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980