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Working As A Proof 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

  • $66,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Proof 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 Proof 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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Proof Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

60.7%

Female

31.1%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.6%

Hispanic or Latino

18.6%

Black or African American

8.8%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.2%
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Proof Technician Education

Schools

Columbus State Community College

5.0%

Eastern Michigan University

5.0%

Motlow State Community College

5.0%

Walla Walla Community College

5.0%

Art Academy of Cincinnati

5.0%

University of Oklahoma

5.0%

Central Virginia Community College

5.0%

Brazosport College

5.0%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

5.0%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5.0%

University of Central Arkansas

5.0%

Iowa Western Community College

5.0%

Hennepin Technical College

5.0%

Ashford University

5.0%

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

5.0%

Bowling Green State University

5.0%

Arizona State University

5.0%

Austin Community College

5.0%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

Quinsigamond Community College

5.0%
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Majors

Precision Metal Working

12.5%

Business

12.5%

Graphic Design

9.4%

Graphic Communications

6.3%

English

6.3%

General Studies

6.3%

Automotive Technology

6.3%

Management

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.1%

Parks And Recreation Management

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Design And Visual Communication

3.1%

Fine Arts

3.1%

Interior Design

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Physician Assistant

3.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.1%

Law

3.1%

Journalism

3.1%
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Degrees

Other

46.7%

Bachelors

17.8%

Certificate

15.6%

Associate

11.1%

Masters

4.4%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

2.2%
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