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Working As A Lead Mechanical 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

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Mechanical 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 Lead Mechanical 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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Average Length of Employment
Lead Mechanic 4.5 years
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Lead Mechanical Technician
Mechanic 12.0%
Technician 8.0%
Supervisor 4.5%
Welder 2.7%
Machinist 2.4%
Owner 2.1%
Top Careers After Lead Mechanical Technician
Technician 10.7%
Mechanic 9.5%
Owner 3.0%
Driver 2.7%
Supervisor 2.7%
Welder 2.7%

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Top Skills for A Lead Mechanical Technician

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Maintenance Procedures
  3. Mechanical Technicians
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Spearheaded 10 employees and reviewed engineering changes to aircraft structures and components to integrate maintenance procedures into the technical publication library.
  • Managed other mechanical technicians, and individually trained two interns from the Toyota Technical Education Network at San Jacinto College Central
  • Modified hydraulic systems below estimated mission projection * Annotated reports of equipment defects and applied corrective actions
  • Complete mechanical repairs for a boiler and refrigeration department and preventative maintenance on assigned equipment.
  • Trouble shooting, performing major repairs as well as maintenance of assembly equipment.

Lead Mechanical Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

86.8%

Unknown

6.8%

Female

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

88.9%

Tagalog

11.1%

Lead Mechanical Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

10.9%

University of Phoenix

9.4%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

7.8%

Lincoln Technical Institute

6.3%

University of Illinois University Administration

6.3%

Southwestern College

4.7%

University of Central Florida

4.7%

San Antonio College

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Cape Fear Community College

4.7%

Houston Community College

4.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.7%

Greenville Technical College

4.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

University of Houston

3.1%

State University of New York Farmingdale

3.1%

Gadsden State Community College

3.1%

California State University - Dominguez Hills

3.1%

Hudson Valley Community College

3.1%

Ohio State University

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

16.1%

Automotive Technology

12.6%

Business

9.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.4%

Industrial Technology

8.0%

Mechanical Engineering

8.0%

Aviation

5.4%

General Studies

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Management

3.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Precision Metal Working

2.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.7%

Computer Science

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

41.0%

Associate

23.7%

Bachelors

18.5%

Certificate

8.8%

Diploma

4.1%

Masters

2.8%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.3%
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