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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

  • $50,000

    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 Career Paths

Mechanical Technician
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Design Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Design Engineer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Foreman Facilities Manager Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Electrical Technician
Senior Electrical Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Test Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shop Technician 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Mechanical Technician
Mechanic 13.8%
Technician 12.1%
Welder 3.7%
Cashier 2.8%
Supervisor 2.6%
Owner 2.5%
Top Careers After Mechanical Technician
Mechanic 11.6%
Technician 11.5%
Owner 2.9%
Welder 2.8%
Supervisor 2.7%
Driver 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$50,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Intel
Highest Paying City
Hayward, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Mechanical Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Mechanical Technician in the United States is $50,146 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Mechanical Technician Salaries

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

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Top Skills for A Mechanical Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Electric Motors
  3. Diesel Engines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Scheduled work to be performed, administered a preventative maintenance schedule, and maintained and operated a variety of computerized systems.
  • Repaired and reconditioned electric motors.
  • Repair Automotive Air Conditioner and electronic systems gas and diesel engines.
  • Perform repairs on tractors and trailer including replacing/rebuilding pumps, repairing hydraulics, repairing lighting/electrical systems/ diagnosing problems and repairing problems.
  • Installed, assembled electrical/electronic parts, by utilizing soldering equipment and hand tools.

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Top 10 Best States for Mechanical Technicians

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Iowa
  3. New Mexico
  4. Kansas
  5. Tennessee
  6. Texas
  7. Arkansas
  8. Nevada
  9. Georgia
  10. Alaska
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Mechanical Technician Resume Examples And Tips

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Mechanical Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.3%

Female

6.9%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.7%

French

8.6%

Arabic

6.9%

German

3.9%

Portuguese

2.6%

Italian

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Polish

2.1%

Mandarin

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Korean

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Carrier

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Swedish

0.4%

Romanian

0.4%

Samoan

0.4%
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Mechanical Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

20.0%

Community College of the Air Force

9.7%

Lincoln Technical Institute

7.6%

A-Technical College

5.5%

WyoTech - Laramie

4.5%

Houston Community College

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

ITT Technical Institute-Houston West

3.9%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

3.6%

Porter and Chester Institute

3.6%

More Tech Institute

3.6%

Central Texas College

3.6%

Greenville Technical College

3.6%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.3%

Portland Community College

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

Lincoln College of Technology - Grand Prairie

3.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.0%

University of Northwestern Ohio

3.0%

Austin Community College

3.0%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

17.3%

Electrical Engineering

15.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

11.9%

Mechanical Engineering

8.6%

Business

8.0%

Industrial Technology

4.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.3%

General Studies

3.4%

Computer Science

3.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.8%

Precision Metal Working

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Aviation

2.3%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%

Information Technology

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Associate

28.7%

High School Diploma

28.5%

Bachelors

17.7%

Certificate

12.6%

Diploma

9.5%

Masters

2.1%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.1%
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