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Working As A Mechanical Engineering Technologist

  • 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

  • $63,365

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Engineering Technologist 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 Mechanical Engineering Technologist

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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Mechanical Engineering Technologist jobs

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Mechanical Engineering Technologist Career Paths

Mechanical Engineering Technologist
Project Engineer General Manager Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Technician Quality Engineer Quality Control Manager
Controls Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Engineering Technician Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Construction Inspector Construction Engineer
Mechanical Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Project Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Field Service Technician Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Technician 6.1%
Machinist 4.5%
Engineer 3.5%
Top Employers After
Owner 4.3%
Designer 3.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technologist Demographics

Gender

Male

87.1%

Female

10.3%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

78.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.1%

French

11.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Ukrainian

2.9%

Amharic

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%
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Mechanical Engineering Technologist Education

Schools

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

7.8%

Northeastern University

7.8%

Purdue University

7.0%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

6.1%

Old Dominion University

6.1%

Michigan Technological University

5.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.2%

University of Central Florida

5.2%

University of Houston

5.2%

New England Institute of Technology

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

University of Dayton

4.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.3%

University of Phoenix

4.3%

Oregon Institute of Technology

3.5%

Wake Technical Community College

3.5%

University of Maine

3.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.5%

Metropolitan State University of Denver

3.5%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

30.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

17.4%

Electrical Engineering

9.4%

Business

7.3%

Drafting And Design

5.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.0%

Industrial Technology

3.4%

Engineering

3.1%

Computer Science

2.3%

Engineering Technology

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.1%

Automotive Technology

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Management

1.5%

Civil Engineering

1.3%

Precision Metal Working

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Computer Programming

1.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.6%

Other

24.8%

Associate

19.0%

Masters

12.2%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

1.4%
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Real Mechanical Engineering Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mechanical Engineer-Personal Devices and Advanced Tech or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 23, 2015 $117,500 -
$137,500
Mechanical Engineer-Personal Devices and ADV. Tech or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 07, 2014 $108,000 -
$128,000
Applied Mechanics Engineer-Technical Advisor Cummins Inc. Seymour, IN Oct 01, 2015 $100,500 -
$120,900
Applied Mechanics Engineer-Technical Advisor Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Apr 22, 2015 $98,000 -
$120,900
Mechanical Engineer Technical Specialist Simpack Us Inc. Southfield, MI Oct 15, 2014 $92,400
Mechanical Engineering Technicians Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Lincoln, RI Mar 20, 2014 $84,000
Mechanical Engineering Technicians Peace ECO Green Research & Educational Institute C Miami, FL May 09, 2014 $82,472 -
$83,000
Mechanical Engineering Technicians Institute IPRE. Profess Research&Educational Corp Miami, FL Mar 25, 2014 $82,472
Mechanical Engineering Technician Gyrodata, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 14, 2015 $76,003
Applied Mechanics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Seymour, IN Oct 01, 2015 $75,600 -
$92,400
Applied Mechanics Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Seymour, IN Jul 22, 2016 $75,600 -
$92,400
Mechanical Engineering Technician Drive Automotive Industries of America, Inc. Piedmont, SC Apr 07, 2015 $72,488
Mechanical Engineering Technician Gyrodata, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 01, 2014 $72,384
Mechanical Engineer-Spin Technologies Ariens Company Brillion, WI Jan 17, 2014 $69,722 -
$82,701
Mechanical Engineering Technologist Samsom Technologies Corp Hauppauge, NY Sep 01, 2014 $62,610
Mechanical Engineering Technologists Samson Technologies Corp Hauppauge, NY Sep 01, 2014 $62,610
Mechanical Engineering Technician Us Garment, LLC Vernon, CA Nov 16, 2015 $62,525
Mgmnt. Consult./Mechanical ENG. Technology Perrysburg Inc. Youngstown, OH Sep 21, 2014 $60,575
Mechanical Engineer Technician IBS of America Corporation Chesapeake, VA Sep 30, 2016 $60,403
Mechanical Engineering Technician Takco, Inc. LaGrange, GA Sep 11, 2016 $60,029
Mechanical Engineering Technologist Aqua Management Inc. Las Vegas, NV Nov 01, 2014 $60,000
Mechanical Engineering Technician Auto Electronic America Corporation Prattville, AL Oct 06, 2016 $60,000
Mechanical Engineering Technician Jarvik Heart, Inc. New York, NY Sep 29, 2015 $51,078
Mechanical Engineering Technician IMS Gear Virginia Inc. Virginia Beach, VA Sep 21, 2015 $50,606
Mechanical Engineering Technician Samson Technologies Corp Hauppauge, NY Sep 04, 2015 $50,088
Mechanical Engineering Technicians Kautex Inc. Avilla, IN Mar 28, 2014 $50,000 -
$65,000
Senior Mechanical Engineering Technician Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Jan 22, 2015 $49,950
Mechanical Engineering Technologist Futurenet Group, Inc. Detroit, MI Dec 09, 2016 $49,754
Mechanical Engineering Technicians Woori USA, Inc. Coppell, TX Dec 02, 2013 $48,506
Mechanical Engineering Technician Woori USA, Inc. Coppell, TX May 29, 2015 $48,506

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Top Skills for A Mechanical Engineering Technologist

CADTestProceduresMechanicalEngineeringProductDevelopmentSafetyLabRSolidworksFacilityTestEquipmentPreventativeMaintenanceLaboratoryHvacCNCTestFixturesPLCTechnicalSupportFiniteElementAnalysisMechanicalDesignMechanicalSystems

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Top Mechanical Engineering Technologist Skills

  1. CAD
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Mechanical Engineering
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop product baseline drawings and models for product integration using CAD software.
  • Skilled in dismantling, repairing, reassembling and maintaining equipment; troubleshooting complex problems, and applying prescribed test procedures.
  • Evaluated and implemented mechanical engineering standards, best practices and procedures to ensure optimal performance through regular interaction with clients.
  • Provide Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Support during product development.
  • Issue resolution in design, hands on mechanical/electrical wiring, part procurement, facility organization, and safety were daily requirements.

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