Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Mechanical engineering technicians work under the direction of mechanical engineers to design, build, maintain, and modify many kinds of machines, mechanical devices, and tools. They work in a wide range of industries and in a variety of specific jobs within every industry.

Mechanical engineering technicians review mechanical drawings and project instructions, analyze design plans to determine costs and practical value, sketch rough layouts of proposed machines or parts, assemble new or modified devices or components, test completed assemblies or components, analyze test results, and write reports. There are approximately 46,090 mechanical engineering technicians employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Help mechanical engineers design, build, maintain, and modify many kinds of machines, mechanical devices, and tools
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Tool Designer or Mechanical Engineer
  • Supervisor
  • Experienced Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Entry-Level Mechanical Engineering Technician

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