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Working As A 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

  • $47,785

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Mechanical Technician jobs

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Mechanical Technician Career Paths

Mechanical Technician
Manufacturing Technician Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Supervisor Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Controls Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Driver Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Technician Field Service Technician Network Administrator
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operator Electrician General Foreman
Mechanical Superintendent
9 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
Electrical Technician Electrical Engineer Software Engineer
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Shop Foreman Service Manager
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Mechanical Foreman 4.6 years
Mechanic 3.5 years
Technician 2.6 years
Shop Technician 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Mechanic 11.2%
Technician 11.1%
Welder 4.1%
Supervisor 2.9%
Machinist 2.6%
Owner 2.1%
Top Employers After
Mechanic 10.2%
Technician 10.2%
Welder 2.5%
Owner 2.4%

Mechanical Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

91.8%

Female

6.6%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

75.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.3%

French

7.9%

Portuguese

4.7%

Arabic

4.7%

German

4.2%

Japanese

2.3%

Mandarin

1.9%

Chinese

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Korean

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Tagalog

1.4%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Italian

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Turkish

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%
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Mechanical Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

19.1%

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Community College of the Air Force

8.8%

Lincoln Technical Institute

6.3%

A-Technical College

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Central Texas College

3.8%

University of Houston

3.3%

Vincennes University

3.3%

University of Northwestern Ohio

3.3%

Houston Community College

3.0%

Palomar College

3.0%

Lansing Community College

3.0%

Monroe Community College

3.0%

Trident Technical College

2.8%

New England Institute of Technology

2.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.8%

Greenville Technical College

2.8%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

2.8%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.5%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

15.9%

Electrical Engineering

14.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

11.6%

Business

8.8%

Mechanical Engineering

7.6%

Industrial Technology

5.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.7%

General Studies

3.3%

Computer Science

3.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Precision Metal Working

2.5%

Education

2.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.4%

Aviation

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Information Technology

1.9%

Management

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

39.5%

Associate

22.7%

Bachelors

18.7%

Certificate

11.1%

Diploma

4.2%

Masters

2.9%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Mechanical Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mechanical Technician Translucent, Inc. Wilmington, NC Jul 20, 2016 $75,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician Benjoy America LLC. Doral, FL Mar 18, 2016 $70,000
Mechanical Technician Sugar Technology International Plano, TX Sep 16, 2016 $69,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician I-Master Corporation LaGrange, GA Nov 19, 2015 $65,728
Electro Mechanical Technicians Brooks Automation, Inc. Chelmsford, MA May 02, 2008 $65,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician Asturies Manufacturing Co., Inc. Corona, CA Apr 16, 2015 $63,814
Mechanical Technician Element Plastics Mfg LLC Sugar Land, TX Sep 27, 2016 $63,100
Mechanical Technician Ablecom Computer, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 17, 2016 $63,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Dematic Corp Adelanto, CA Aug 08, 2013 $61,984
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Mark VII Equipment, Inc. Arvada, CO Nov 15, 2007 $60,184
Mechanical Technician Sugar Technology International Plano, TX Sep 16, 2013 $60,008
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Meta Control, LLC Montgomery, AL Oct 21, 2009 $60,000 -
$62,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Meta Control, LLC Montgomery, AL Nov 07, 2007 $60,000 -
$62,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Guyoungtech Tech USA, Inc. Evergreen, AL Dec 01, 2010 $59,000 -
$63,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician Yesac Alabama Corporation Tallassee, AL May 20, 2010 $57,500 -
$60,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Kuka Robotics Corporation Vance, AL May 19, 2010 $57,205
Electro-Mechanical Technicians National Oilwell Varco, L.P. Houston, TX Sep 25, 2014 $57,179
Electro-Mechanical Technician-Thermoelectrics GMZ Energy, Inc. Waltham, MA Oct 01, 2011 $55,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician WIZ Tech, Inc. Opelika, AL Jul 21, 2015 $55,000
Construction Mechanical Technician Sys-Con, LLC(Sysco-Alabama, LLC) Montgomery, AL Nov 10, 2016 $54,170
Electro-Mechanical Technician Micro Probe, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 23, 2010 $51,834
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Smart Alabama LLC Luverne, AL Aug 28, 2014 $50,294
Electro-Mechanical Technician Integration Technology, Ltd. Chicago, IL May 13, 2010 $47,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians HACO-Atlantic, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 06, 2014 $46,488 -
$55,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Jungheinrich Lift Truck Elk Grove Village, IL Aug 29, 2008 $45,000
Electro-Mechanical Technicians Daewon America, Inc. Opelika, AL Aug 29, 2012 $44,117
Mechanical Technician Palmetto Ford Truck Sales, Inc. Miami, FL May 01, 2008 $43,827
Electro Mechanical Technician Fish Oven & Equipment Corp. FL Nov 17, 2009 $43,702
Electro-Mechanical Technician Danfoss Turbocor Compressors, Inc. Tallahassee, FL Apr 22, 2009 $42,825
Electro Mechanical Technician Fish Oven & Equipment Corp. FL Dec 19, 2007 $42,387

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Top Skills for A Mechanical Technician

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Top Mechanical Technician Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Electric Motors
  3. Vehicle
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reported unusual or unacceptable circumstances and manufacturing procedures, observed regulations, and safety procedures.
  • Diagnosed and restored industrial sized electric motors, vacuum pumps, and oscilloscope.
  • Service, repair and troubleshooting of city buses and staff vehicles
  • Replaced sensors and cables and wires on pressure pumping equipment and preformed regularly scheduled preventive maintenance.
  • Work includes drilling, riveting, using all hand tools to install and remove components per blue prints and drawings.

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