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Working As A Service 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

  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Service 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 Service 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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Service Mechanical Technician Career Paths

Service Mechanical Technician
Mechanic Driver Foreman
Superintendent
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Maintenance Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Maintenance Technician Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Electronics Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Shop Foreman Owner
Chief Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Shop Foreman Operations Manager
Service Center Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Shop Foreman Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Lead Mechanic Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Owner/Operator Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Lead Technician Technical Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Computer Technician Senior Technologist
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Mechanic 3.6 years
Truck Technician 3.5 years
Service Technician 3.4 years
Service Mechanic 3.4 years
Fleet Technician 3.3 years
Diesel Technician 3.0 years
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Service Mechanical Technician
Mechanic 10.8%
Technician 7.2%
Supervisor 3.8%
Cashier 3.4%
Welder 2.9%
Installer 2.6%
Machinist 2.6%
Top Careers After Service Mechanical Technician
Mechanic 13.2%
Technician 6.6%
Owner 4.8%
Driver 2.5%
Foreman 2.0%
Manager 2.0%

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Service Mechanical Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

87.0%

Unknown

10.3%

Female

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

French

12.5%

German

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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Service Mechanical Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

9.7%

University of Phoenix

8.1%

Ranken Technical College

8.1%

Kilgore College

6.5%

El Paso Community College

6.5%

Lincoln Technical Institute

4.8%

Bucks County Community College

4.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

Cerritos College

4.8%

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

Delgado Community College

4.8%

Salt Lake Community College

4.8%

Montgomery Community College

3.2%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

3.2%

Jacksonville University

3.2%

Alamance Community College

3.2%

Daniel Webster College

3.2%

Universal Technical Institute-Motorcycle Mechanics

3.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.2%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

18.5%

Business

12.1%

Electrical Engineering

9.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

8.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

8.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Aviation

2.8%

Engineering

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Computer Science

2.5%

General Studies

2.5%

Biology

2.5%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Information Technology

2.5%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Precision Metal Working

1.8%

Small Business Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

40.2%

Associate

22.4%

Bachelors

14.5%

Certificate

13.3%

Diploma

6.0%

Masters

2.7%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
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$51,000
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$51,000
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$51,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Trek Bicycle
Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Service Mechanical Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Service Mechanical Technician in the United States is $51,435 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $85,000.

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Top Skills for A Service Mechanical Technician

  1. Major Repairs
  2. Diesel Engines
  3. Order Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Diagnose the cause of malfunctions and makes major repairs.
  • Assist in overhaul diesel engines such as Wartsila and Ruston engines and other types of diesel generators.
  • Order parts, keep stock, keep inventory and keep maintenance records for all trucks and machines.
  • Assist Customer Service Department with Technical Support and Part Order Requested by Our Service Centers and Customers Through Telephone and E-mail.
  • Performed preventative maintenance for residential/commercial properties.

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