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Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Mechanical engineering technicians assist engineers with developing, designing, manufacturing and testing consumer products, tools, industrial machinery and other types of equipment. Mechanical engineering technology is a wide field and mechanical engineering technicians work on a wide array of products. Many mechanical engineering techs work in design and development.

Mechanical technicians work on the tools and machines that are utilized to make products. They work with tiny parts and large parts. Some mechanical technicians have a speciality. Some mechanical technicians spend a lot of their time preparing drawings and layouts of products being developed. They often use testing equipment, complex instruments and gauges.

Some of the common job titles include mechanical designer, mechanical technician, research and development technician, process technician, engineering lab technician and engineering technical analyst.

Responsibilities

  • Help install, operate and maintain machinery used to manufacture products
  • Evaluate testing methods to determine if changes should be made
  • Make cost estimates
  • Help solve production problems
  • Make detailed drawings
  • Record and analyze data
  • Test machinery and parts
  • Study manufacturing processes to determine if they can be performed better or in a less expensive way
  • Evaluate project instructions and blueprints to determine test specifications, objectives and procedures

Job Characteristics

Mechanical engineering technicians usually work 40 hours per week. They usually work in manufacturing plants and offices. Creativity is beneficial for those that are involved with design work. Engineering technicians are usually part of a team, thus the ability to work well with others and good communications skills are important.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 6 percent employment growth for mechanical engineering technicians from 2006 to 2016 which is slower than the average for all occupations. Mechanical components and products are becoming increasingly complicated and the demand for improving these components and products should create employment growth for mechanical engineering technicians. However, foreign competition in manufacturing and design services is expected to limit the growth for the occupation. In addition, the median annual earnings for mechanical engineering technicians in 2008 was $48,130.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most employers prefer applicants that have at least an associate degree in mechanical engineering technology or engineering technology. Most associate degree programs that have been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) include at least college algebra and trigonometry along with one or two basic science courses.

For some jobs in the field, such as tool design, apprenticeship programs are provided that combine on-the-job-training and classroom learning. It usually takes two to four years to finish an apprenticeship program.

Beneficial courses for mechanical engineering technician students include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and mechanical design. Graduates of ABET accredited programs are typically recognized as having an acceptable level of competence in the subjects of science and math and also technical courses that are required of the occupation.

A large number of public and private schools provide technical training and the type and quality of training varies significantly. Students may want to ask potential employers for their school preferences. Students should also ask a school representative about the types of jobs graduates have acquired.

Technical institutes usually provide a substantial amount of technical training through application and practice, however they usually offer less general education and theory than community colleges. A number of colleges offer bachelor's degrees in engineering technology, however graduates of these programs are usually employed as technologists or applied engineers and not as technicians.

Employers typically don't require engineering technicians to be certified, however engineering techs that have certification may have a competitive advantage. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies offers certification programs for several engineering technology specialties.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary job sectors are machinery manufacturers, tool manufacturers, engineering services; navigational measuring, electromedical and control instruments manufacturing; aerospace products and parts manufacturing, and government agencies.

Schools for Mechanical Engineering Technicians are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Mechanical Engineering Technicians jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 230 $50,240
Mobile 170 $53,110
Hoover 170 $54,560
Birmingham 170 $54,560
Montgomery N/A $44,230
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 90 $67,860
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 370 $48,980
Mesa 370 $48,980
Phoenix 370 $48,980
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 70 $42,490
North Little Rock 70 $42,490
Little Rock 70 $42,490
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 1820 $62,670
Los Angeles 1820 $62,670
Anaheim 1820 $62,670
San Jose 860 $57,430
Santa Clara 860 $57,430
Sunnyvale 860 $57,430
San Diego 580 $66,270
Carlsbad 580 $66,270
San Francisco 300 $67,540
Oakland 300 $67,540
Hayward 300 $67,540
Riverside 150 $45,700
Ontario 150 $45,700
San Bernardino 150 $45,700
Thousand Oaks 130 $30,250
Ventura 130 $30,250
Oxnard 130 $30,250
Arden 130 $56,330
Arcade 130 $56,330
Sacramento 130 $56,330
Roseville 130 $56,330
Bakersfield 90 $65,040
Modesto 30 $52,950
Santa Maria N/A $63,790
Santa Barbara N/A $63,790
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 250 $63,770
Aurora 250 $63,770
Denver 250 $63,770
Boulder 110 $78,330
Colorado Springs 80 $63,770
Fort Collins 50 $54,840
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 160 $73,950
East Hartford 160 $73,950
West Hartford 160 $73,950
Stamford 150 $54,740
Bridgeport 150 $54,740
Norwalk 150 $54,740
New Haven 70 $59,340
Danbury 30 $65,020
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tampa 100 $47,290
St. Petersburg 100 $47,290
Clearwater 100 $47,290
Kissimmee 80 $46,760
Orlando 80 $46,760
Sanford 80 $46,760
Titusville 70 $46,520
Melbourne 70 $46,520
Palm Bay 70 $46,520
Jacksonville 50 $52,530
West Palm Beach N/A $48,440
Miami N/A $48,440
Fort Lauderdale N/A $48,440
Port St. Lucie N/A $49,890
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 400 $53,980
Atlanta 400 $53,980
Sandy Springs 400 $53,980
Savannah 110 $45,300
Warner Robins 40 $47,320
Clarke County 30 $45,080
Athens 30 $45,080
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu N/A $56,010
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 40 $47,390
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 180 $47,110
Rockford 100 $56,630
Champaign 40 $39,740
Urbana 40 $39,740
Springfield 40 $45,900
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 260 $60,470
Indianapolis 260 $60,470
Carmel 260 $60,470
Fort Wayne 70 $53,200
Bloomington 60 $37,210
Goshen 50 $50,440
Elkhart 50 $50,440
Terre Haute 30 $43,740
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 100 $52,210
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 100 $51,620
Lexington 100 $51,620
Fort Knox 40 $41,760
Elizabethtown 40 $41,760
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 280 $61,720
New Orleans 280 $61,720
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland N/A $84,190
Portland N/A $84,190
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 310 $55,740
Columbia 310 $55,740
Baltimore 310 $55,740
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsfield N/A $56,720
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 3050 $61,880
Detroit 3050 $61,880
Warren 3050 $61,880
Wyoming 370 $46,760
Grand Rapids 370 $46,760
Portage 130 $44,570
Kalamazoo 130 $44,570
Ann Arbor 130 $47,580
Flint 130 $50,870
Battle Creek 90 $55,540
Benton Harbor 90 $59,270
Niles 90 $59,270
Monroe 50 $43,330
Saginaw 30 $52,560
Jackson N/A $68,200
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 50 $67,480
North Mankato 30 $50,680
Mankato 30 $50,680
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 40 $47,720
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 110 $45,500
Henderson 110 $45,500
Las Vegas 110 $45,500
Reno N/A $31,780
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 90 $69,790
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 290 $58,350
Troy 290 $58,350
Schenectady 290 $58,350
Rochester 150 $52,130
Syracuse 140 $49,030
Niagara Falls 140 $50,110
Cheektowaga 140 $50,110
Buffalo 140 $50,110
Rome 50 $45,810
Utica 50 $45,810
Binghamton 40 $41,390
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
High Point 190 $46,630
Greensboro 190 $46,630
Raleigh 130 $56,700
Asheville 100 $54,110
Morganton 90 $55,730
Hickory 90 $55,730
Lenoir 90 $55,730
Salem 60 $52,780
Winston 60 $52,780
Chapel Hill 40 $55,610
Durham 40 $55,610
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 490 $50,490
Elyria 490 $50,490
Columbus 380 $54,350
Toledo 210 $43,950
Dayton 200 $54,270
Akron 60 $54,160
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 330 $53,380
Tulsa 230 $51,880
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 350 $49,000
Harrisburg 100 $54,270
Carlisle 100 $54,270
Reading 90 $55,950
Hanover 70 $46,270
York 70 $46,270
Lancaster 60 $51,680
Scranton 40 $48,520
Wilkes 40 $48,520
Hazleton 40 $48,520
Barre 40 $48,520
Erie 40 $51,300
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 130 $24,460
Carolina 130 $24,460
San Juan 130 $24,460
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 210 $52,490
Mauldin 210 $52,490
Greenville 210 $52,490
North Charleston 100 $55,310
Charleston 100 $55,310
Columbia 70 $49,660
Spartanburg 60 $40,480
Florence 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 40 $41,700
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 440 $56,360
Franklin 440 $56,360
Davidson 440 $56,360
Nashville 440 $56,360
Knoxville 100 $52,060
Morristown N/A $56,980
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 2810 $59,240
Houston 2810 $59,240
Sugar Land 2810 $59,240
Fort Worth 1860 $50,540
Dallas 1860 $50,540
Arlington 1860 $50,540
Austin 410 $44,680
Round Rock 410 $44,680
New Braunfels 270 $54,160
San Antonio 270 $54,160
Abilene 60 $66,820
Bryan 40 $49,730
College Station 40 $49,730
El Paso N/A $52,440
Lubbock N/A $65,100
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 190 $55,720
Clearfield 140 $44,190
Ogden 140 $44,190
Provo 100 $38,600
Orem 100 $38,600
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lynchburg 80 $45,140
Roanoke 40 $54,220
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 540 $61,060
Seattle 540 $61,060
Tacoma 540 $61,060
Spokane Valley 40 $53,130
Spokane 40 $53,130
Silverdale N/A $48,260
Bremerton N/A $48,260
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 430 $52,430
Milwaukee 430 $52,430
West Allis 430 $52,430
Madison 210 $51,080
Appleton 110 $50,130
Oshkosh 110 $54,640
Neenah 110 $54,640
Green Bay 80 $55,570
Racine 60 $51,570
Fond du Lac 50 $44,050
Sheboygan 40 $61,210

Most Popular Industries for :
Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 17,260 38% $48,650
Machinery 6,900 15% $47,570
Electronics And Computer 4,470 9% $48,090
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 3,820 8% $48,570
Electrical Appliance 1,910 4% $45,680
Durable Goods Wholesale 1,580 3% $49,030
Office Services And Staffing 1,370 3% $46,470
Metal Products 1,290 2% $46,460
Business Management 1,100 2% $48,690
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,020 2% $46,970
Government 610 1% $50,560
Education 510 1% $42,810
Chemicals 480 1% $53,660
Plastics And Rubber 470 1% $43,490
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