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Mechanical Engineering Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Automation Technician -- Sets up and maintains the automation machines that they are responsible for.
  • Hydraulic Technician -- Operates and repairs equipment that use oil and water, pressurized gases or air as a power system.
  • Robotics Technician -- Builds, installs, tests and maintains robotic equipment or related automated production systems.
  • Gyroscopic Engineering Technician --
  • Process Engineering Technician --