Mechanical Engineering Technicians

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Tool Specialist
  • Tool or Die Drawing Checker
  • Tool Design Checker
  • Tool Analyst
  • Robotics Technician
  • Research Mechanic
  • Research and Development Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Proof Technician
  • Process Technician
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • Inspect lines and figures for clarity and return erroneous drawings to designer for correction.
  • Test equipment, using test devices attached to generator, voltage regulator, or other electrical parts, such as generators or spark plugs.
  • Draft detail drawing or sketch for drafting room completion or to request parts fabrication by machine, sheet or wood shops.
  • Calculate required capacities for equipment of proposed system to obtain specified performance and submit data to engineering personnel for approval.
  • Prepare parts sketches and write work orders and purchase requests to be furnished by outside contractors.
  • Confer with technicians and submit reports of test results to engineering department and recommend design or material changes.
  • Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods.
  • Review project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

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

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $54,840 with most people making between $35,220 and $76,990

Outlook

0.44%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,600 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,670 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 7 openings due to growth and about 43 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.



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