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Mechanical Engineering Technologists

Also called: CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer), Engineer Technical Staff, Engineering Technologist, Mechanical Designer

What they do:
Assist mechanical engineers in such activities as generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy. Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment or plan the flow of work. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.
On the job, you would:
  • Interpret engineering sketches, specifications, or drawings.
  • Assist engineers to design, develop, test, or manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, or other equipment.
  • Design specialized or customized equipment, machines, or structures.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • mechanical
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Autodesk Inventor
Analytical or scientific software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Intellisense Intellisuite
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Stereolithography SLA rapid prototyping systems
  • TekSoft CAMWorks


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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