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Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or adjust machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

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Currently Employed: 1,040

Projected Annual Job Openings: 90

Typical Hourly Wage: $25.80 - $39.05

Typical Annual Salary: $53,700 - $81,200

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Set up prototype and test apparatus and operate test controlling equipment to observe and record prototype test results.
  • Calculate required capacities for equipment of proposed system to obtain specified performance and submit data to engineering personnel for approval.
  • Review project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and test nature of technical problems such as redesign.
  • Draft detail drawing or sketch for drafting room completion or to request parts fabrication by machine, sheet or wood shops.
  • Analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications.
  • Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods.
  • Evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills.
  • Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance.
  • Prepare parts sketches and write work orders and purchase requests to be furnished by outside contractors.
  • Review project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing.

tools & technology

  • Compression testers
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • Injection molding machines
  • Power grinders
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Industrial control software
  • Project management software