Occupation information for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians Washington

description

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: 850

Projected Annual Job Openings: 90

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.60 - $37.20

Typical Annual Salary: $55,330 - $77,380

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: No work experience

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: No on-the-job training

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typical job duties
  • Assemble or disassemble complex mechanical systems.
  • Interpret engineering sketches, specifications, or drawings.
  • 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.
  • Provide technical support to other employees regarding mechanical design, fabrication, testing, or documentation.
  • Test machines, components, materials, or products to determine characteristics such as performance, strength, or response to stress.
  • 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.
tools & technology
Tools:
  • Amplifiers
  • Compression testers
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • Hardness testers
  • Power grinders

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Development environment software
  • Industrial control software