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Working As A Mechanical Design Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Design Technician Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become A Mechanical Design Technician

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Mechanical Design Technician Career Paths

Mechanical Design Technician
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Mechanical Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Mechanical Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Mechanical Design Technician
Draftsman 6.8%
Drafter 4.8%
Technician 4.3%
Designer 2.4%
Top Careers After Mechanical Design Technician
Designer 5.6%
Owner 2.8%

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Top Skills for A Mechanical Design Technician

  1. Engineering Department
  2. CAD
  3. Business Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Enhanced productivity with web based instruction manuals for MECAD installations, application and troubleshooting.
  • Design and model changes to drawings for support of fabrication and installation of HVAC, plumbing and major commercial/industrial/residential pipe systems.
  • Maintained parts inventory for maintenance of mechanical equipment.
  • Designed mechanical parts for engineering using SolidWorks.
  • Designed heating, venting, and air-conditioning layouts that included supply, return, exhaust, and air handling equipment.

Mechanical Design Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

82.8%

Female

10.5%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

64.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

9.2%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Chinese

10.0%

Turkish

10.0%

Japanese

10.0%

French

10.0%

Carrier

10.0%

Arabic

10.0%
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Mechanical Design Technician Education

Schools

Indiana State University

9.5%

Eastern Michigan University

4.8%

San Jose State University

4.8%

Charter College

4.8%

Owens Community College

4.8%

Rochester College

4.8%

New England Institute of Technology

4.8%

Bergen Community College

4.8%

Waukesha County Technical College

4.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.8%

Northwest-Shoals Community College - Muscle Shoals

4.8%

Portland Community College

4.8%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

4.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Earth City

4.8%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.8%

Monroe Community College

4.8%

Purdue University

4.8%

Nashua Community College

4.8%

More Tech Institute

4.8%

Bay de Noc Community College

4.8%
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Majors

Drafting And Design

36.5%

Mechanical Engineering

16.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

10.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.6%

Graphic Design

3.4%

Business

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Engineering

2.2%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.7%

Mathematics

1.7%

Automotive Technology

1.7%

Agricultural Mechanization

1.7%

Civil Engineering

1.7%

Management

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Biology

1.1%

Fine Arts

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Associate

33.3%

Bachelors

25.9%

Other

25.5%

Certificate

7.4%

Masters

4.6%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.5%
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