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Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Also called: Engineering Lab Technician, Engineering Technician, Mechanical Designer, Research and Development Technician

What they do:
Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
On the job, you would:
  • Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance.
  • Analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications.
  • Evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills.


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


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
  • Bentley MicroStation
Analytical or scientific software
  • MSC Software Adams
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Industrial control software
  • Computerized numerical control CNC programming software
  • Robotic control software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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