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Working As A Fabrication Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Make Decisions

  • $53,910

    Average Salary

What Does A Fabrication Technician Do

Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.

Duties

Mechanical engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Evaluate design drawings for new or changed tools by measuring dimensions on the drawings and comparing them with the original specifications
  • Prepare layouts and drawings of parts to be made and of the process for putting the parts together, often using three-dimensional design software
  • Discuss changes with coworkers—for example, in the design of a part and in the way it will be made and assembled
  • Review instructions and blueprints for projects in order to ensure that test specifications and procedures are followed and objectives are met
  • Plan, produce, and assemble new or changed mechanical parts for products, such as industrial machinery or equipment
  • Set up and conduct tests of complete units and parts and record results
  • Compare test results with design specifications and with test objectives and make recommendations for changes in products or in test methods
  • Estimate labor costs, equipment life, and plant space

Some mechanical engineering technicians test and inspect machines and equipment, or work with engineers to eliminate production problems. They may assist in testing products by, for example, setting up instrumentation for vehicle crash tests.

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How To Become A Fabrication Technician

Most employers prefer to hire candidates with associate’s degrees or other postsecondary training in mechanical engineering technology. Prospective engineering technicians should take as many science and math courses as possible while in high school.

Education

Mechanical engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a certificate from a community college or vocational–technical school. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework and programs. Community colleges typically award an associate’s degree. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary public institutions that emphasize training needed by local employers. Students who complete these programs typically receive a diploma or certificate.

ABET accredits associate’s programs in relevant fields of study, such as mechanical engineering technology.

Completing an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology opens the way to studying for a bachelor’s degree.

High school students interested in becoming mechanical engineering technicians should take classes in math, science, and computer skills. Courses that help students develop skills working with their hands also are valuable, because these technicians build what mechanical engineers design.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Mechanical engineering technicians must be able to clearly understand and follow instructions or, if they do not understand, ask their supervisors to explain. They must be able to clearly explain, both orally and in writing, the need for changes in designs or test procedures.

Creativity. Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers bring their plans and designs to life. Doing so often requires helping the engineer to overcome problems that might not have been anticipated.

Detail oriented. Mechanical engineering technicians must make precise measurements and keep accurate records for mechanical engineers.

Math skills. Mechanical engineering technicians use mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical engineering technicians must apply theory and instructions from engineers by making new components for industrial machinery or equipment. They may need to be able to operate machinery such as drill presses, grinders, and engine lathes.

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Fabrication Technician Career Paths

Fabrication Technician
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Fabricator Machinist Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assembly Technician Service Technician Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assembly Technician Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Material Handler Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Fabricator Delivery Driver Laboratory Technician
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Fabrication Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

82.0%

Female

17.1%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

78.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

German

9.5%

French

7.1%

Italian

7.1%

Vietnamese

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Portuguese

2.4%

Indonesian

2.4%

Czech

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Filipino

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Braille

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Thai

2.4%
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Fabrication Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.8%

Piedmont Technical College

11.5%

Arizona State University

6.9%

American InterContinental University

5.7%

Baker College

4.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.6%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

4.6%

Tri-County Technical College

4.6%

Oregon State University

4.6%

University of New Mexico

4.6%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.4%

Central Georgia Technical College

3.4%

Ohio University -

3.4%

Butler County Community College

3.4%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.4%

Oregon Institute of Technology

3.4%

Wake Technical Community College

3.4%

Moorpark College

3.4%

Pellissippi State Community College

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

19.3%

Electrical Engineering

14.0%

Automotive Technology

6.9%

Precision Metal Working

6.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.1%

Mechanical Engineering

5.3%

Computer Science

4.3%

General Studies

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Industrial Technology

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.8%

Management

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Drafting And Design

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

39.3%

Bachelors

23.9%

Associate

22.6%

Certificate

8.4%

Masters

3.7%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Fabrication Technician

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Top Fabrication Technician Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. CNC
  3. Laser
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations.
  • Perform manual welding operation, press brake operation and cnc plasma bed operation
  • Performed alignment of laser launchers to optical fiber.
  • Input data entry, received and made phone calls to customer service representatives.
  • Repaired and replaced worn and defective parts components, using hand tools.

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