Applies theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Reads dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance.
- Analyzes test results in relation to design or rated specifications and tests objectives, and modifies or adjusts equipment to meet specifications.
- Evaluates tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills.
- Devises, fabricates, and assembles new or modified mechanical components for products such as industrial machinery or equipment, and measuring instruments.
- Discusses changes in design, method of manufacture and assembly, and drafting techniques and procedures with staff and coordinate corrections.
- Operates drill press, grinders, engine lathe, or other machines to modify parts tested or to fabricate experimental parts for testing.
- Reviews project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and tests nature of technical problems such as redesign.
- Sets up and conducts tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance.
- Records test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods.
- Reviews project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing.