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Mechanical Engineering Technician

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians Career Video

About This Career

Applies theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or adjust 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:

  • Calculates required capacities for equipment of proposed system to obtain specified performance and submit data to engineering personnel for approval.
  • Reviews project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and test 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 test 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.
  • 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.
  • Sets up prototype and test apparatus and operates test controlling equipment to observe and record prototype test results.
  • Evaluates tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills.

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
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • 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:

  • Engineering Laboratory Technician (Engineering Lab Technician)
  • Engineering Technician (Engineering Tech)
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician (Manufacturing Engineering Tech)
  • Engineering Technical Analyst
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Process Technician
  • Research and Development Technician (R and D Tech)
  • Mechanical Technician (Mechanical Tech)
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Process Engineering Technician (Process Engineering Tech)


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