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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:
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.
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.
|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 -
|Mechanical Engineer-Personal Devices and ADV. Tech or Other||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Oct 07, 2014||$108,000 -
|Applied Mechanics Engineer-Technical Advisor||Cummins Inc.||Seymour, IN||Oct 01, 2015||$100,500 -
|Applied Mechanics Engineer-Technical Advisor||Cummins Inc.||Columbus, IN||Apr 22, 2015||$98,000 -
|Senior Mechanical Engineer Technician||Ascom (Us) Inc.||Bradenton, FL||Dec 31, 2014||$95,000|
|Mechanical Engineer Technical Specialist||Simpack Us Inc.||Southfield, MI||Oct 15, 2014||$92,400|
|Mechanical Engineering Technical Specialist||Simpack Us, Inc.||Southfield, MI||Sep 12, 2013||$92,400|
|Mechanical Engineering Technicians||Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation||Lincoln, RI||Mar 20, 2014||$84,000|
|Mechanical Engineering Technicians||Institute IPRE. Profess Research&Educational Corp||Miami, FL||Mar 25, 2014||$82,472|
|Mechanical Engineering Technicians||Peace ECO Green Research & Educational Institute C||Miami, FL||May 09, 2014||$82,472 -
|Mechanical Engineering Technician||Gyrodata, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 14, 2015||$76,003|
|Applied Mechanics Engineer-Technical Specialist||Cummins Inc.||Seymour, IN||Jul 22, 2016||$75,600 -
|Mechanical Engineering CAE Technical Specialist||Simpack Us, Inc.||Southfield, MI||Sep 12, 2013||$75,600|
|Applied Mechanics Engineer-Technical Specialist||Cummins Inc.||Seymour, IN||Oct 01, 2015||$75,600 -
|Mechanical Engineering Technicians||Oxford Instruments America, Inc.||Concord, MA||Jul 23, 2014||$63,800|
|Mechanical Engineering Technicians||Nemak USA, Inc.||Sylacauga, AL||Jan 10, 2014||$63,361|
|Mechanical Engineering Technicians||ITC Infotech USA Inc.||Paramus, NJ||Jan 14, 2014||$63,036|
|Mechanical Engineering Technologists||Samson Technologies Corp||Hauppauge, NY||Sep 01, 2014||$62,610|
|Mechanical Engineering Technologist||Samsom 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||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 -
|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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