The old cliche goes that there are two kinds of people in the world: the dreamers and the doers. Engineering lead technicians are doers that help dreamers turn their ideas into prototypes and then finished products. The engineering lead technicians lead a team that manages every step of the equipment development process, from design to maintenance, once the production is complete.
Engineering lead technicians can work on a variety of projects depending on their specialized knowledge, from big projects in civil engineering to small, complex ones in computer engineering. They need extensive experience in engineering before working their way up to a leadership position, often including a bachelor's or master's degree.
But working as an engineering lead technician is not just about wires, pliers, and blueprints. An engineering lead technician also needs to be a good communicator who enjoys working with people as they manage their team and act as a liaison with other teams, such as the design or manufacturing departments.