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Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Mechanical Engineering Technicians
Quick Facts : Mechanical Engineering Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$50,110
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201244,900
Job Outlook4% (Slower than average)
Employment Change1,800

Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.

What Mechanical Engineering Technicians Do

  • Evaluate drawing designs for new or changed tools by measuring dimensions on the drawing and comparing them with the original specifications
  • Prepare layouts and drawings of parts to be made and the process for putting them together
  • Set up and conduct tests of complete units and of parts as they would really be used, as a way to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance
  • Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods
  • Analyze test results in regarding design specifications and test objectives

Work Environment

Mechanical engineering technicians help with manufacturing processes on the shop floor or with development phases in research and development labs before manufacturing takes place.
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Job Outlook

Employment of mechanical engineering technicians is expected to increase by 4 percent from 2010 to 2020 since employment depends on the overall state of manufacturing, which is expected to decline.
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The average salary of mechanical engineering technicians was $50,110 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Most employers prefer to hire someone with an associate's degree 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.
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