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Working As A Research Mechanic

  • 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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Mechanic 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 Research Mechanic

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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Research Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

68.4%

Unknown

17.5%

Female

14.0%
Ethnicity

White

48.6%

Asian

23.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

6.5%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Berber

11.1%

Japanese

11.1%

French

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Hindi

11.1%

Korean

11.1%
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Research Mechanic Education

Schools

Georgia Institute of Technology -

10.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.9%

University of Florida

6.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

6.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

6.9%

Cornell University

6.9%

University of Utah

6.9%

University of California - San Diego

6.9%

Manhattan College

3.4%

University of Connecticut

3.4%

Spoon River College

3.4%

Stanford University

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.4%

Bucknell University

3.4%

Illinois Central College

3.4%

American Institute

3.4%

Santa Clara University

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.4%

University of Phoenix

3.4%

Villanova University

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

45.3%

Biomedical Engineering

9.4%

Automotive Technology

5.7%

Business

5.7%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Chemical Engineering

3.8%

Public Health

1.9%

Social Sciences

1.9%

Precision Metal Working

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Environmental Design

1.9%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.9%

Nursing Science

1.9%

Mining Engineering

1.9%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Chemistry

1.9%

Petroleum Engineering

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.7%

Masters

36.1%

Other

11.5%

Doctorate

6.6%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

3.3%
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