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Working As A Mechanical Test 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

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Test 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 Test 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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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Mechanical Test Technician
Technician 8.7%
Mechanic 4.6%
Supervisor 3.6%
Assembler 3.1%
Top Careers After Mechanical Test Technician
Technician 7.1%
Assembler 3.6%
Supervisor 3.1%
Mechanic 2.6%

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Top Skills for A Mechanical Test Technician

  1. Test Procedures
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Test Lab
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted engineering and quality control in the development and execution of factory test procedures.
  • Provided assembly support to the design and test engineering teams in trouble shooting the problems during production testing.
  • Master Trainer for Electro-Mechanical assembly of processor emulators in a clean room environment.
  • Provide oversight for removal of asbestos gasket material as a state certified asbestos supervisor.
  • Be responsible for a variety of complex assembly operations including RF electromechanical assembly and PCB rework.

Mechanical Test Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

86.0%

Unknown

7.3%

Female

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Asian

14.0%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

Portuguese

11.1%

Arabic

11.1%

Polish

11.1%

Thai

11.1%
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Mechanical Test Technician Education

Schools

Northeastern University

13.7%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

7.8%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

Mission College

5.9%

San Jose City College

5.9%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.9%

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

3.9%

Gadsden State Community College

3.9%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.9%

Lakeland Community College

3.9%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

3.9%

Sam Houston State University

3.9%

University of Akron

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

Stark State College

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.9%

Nassau Community College

3.9%

ITT Technical Institute-Tempe

3.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

25.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

14.4%

Business

9.3%

Mechanical Engineering

9.3%

Automotive Technology

8.8%

Drafting And Design

4.1%

Education

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Industrial Technology

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Aerospace Engineering

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Precision Metal Working

1.5%

Biology

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Sociology

1.0%

Psychology

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

34.2%

Associate

24.4%

Bachelors

24.4%

Certificate

7.6%

Masters

5.1%

Diploma

4.4%
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