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17-3027.01 - Automotive Engineering Technicians

Assist engineers in determining the practicality of proposed product design changes and plan and carry out tests on experimental test devices or equipment for performance, durability, or efficiency.

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Analyze performance of vehicles or components that have been redesigned to increase fuel efficiency, such as camless or dual-clutch engines or alternative types of air-conditioning systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze test data for automotive systems, subsystems, or component parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Build instrumentation or laboratory test equipment for special purposes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Document test results, using cameras, spreadsheets, documents, or other tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate new or modify existing prototype components or fixtures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Improve fuel efficiency by testing vehicles or components that use lighter materials, such as aluminum, magnesium alloy, or plastic. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect or test parts to determine nature or cause of defects or malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install equipment, such as instrumentation, test equipment, engines, or aftermarket products, to ensure proper interfaces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain test equipment in operational condition by performing routine maintenance or making minor repairs or adjustments as needed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor computer-controlled test equipment, according to written or verbal instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order new test equipment, supplies, or replacement parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in research or testing of computerized automotive applications, such as telemetrics, intelligent transportation systems, artificial intelligence, or automatic control. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform or execute manual or automated tests of automotive system or component performance, efficiency, or durability. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, schematics, work specifications, drawings, or charts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend product or component design improvements, based on test data or observations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend tests or testing conditions in accordance with designs, customer requirements, or industry standards to ensure test validity. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up mechanical, hydraulic, or electric test equipment in accordance with engineering specifications, standards, or test procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test performance of vehicles that use alternative fuels, such as alcohol blends, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, biodiesel, nano diesel, or alternative power methods, such as solar energy or hydrogen fuel cells. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Exhaust gas analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital testers — Electronic engine analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers — Chassis dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Flow benches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Force or torque sensors — Force gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency counters or timer or dividers — Frequency counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal turning center — Engine lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leak testing equipment — Leakage testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes — Ignition oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pin gauge — Pin gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerated and heated walk in environmental or growth chambers — Environmental chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators — Function generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed sensors — Timing lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — Crack detection equipment; High-vacuum tensile testing chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traveling column milling machine — Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turning machines — Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Road simulators See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical; Autodesk Inventor; PTC Pro/ENGINEER software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Operate industrial equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document design or operational test results. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review technical documents to plan work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain test equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research advanced engineering designs or applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test or validation data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test green technologies or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create physical models or prototypes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test products for functionality or quality. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Education

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
95 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.See more occupations related to this interest.
45 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.See more occupations related to this interest.
45 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.See more occupations related to this interest.
28 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.See more occupations related to this interest.
6 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.See more occupations related to this interest.
6 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
78 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.See more occupations related to this work value.
61 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.See more occupations related to this work value.
61 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.See more occupations related to this work value.
61 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.See more occupations related to this work value.
50 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.See more occupations related to this work value.
28 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Mechanical Engineering Technicians.
Employment data collected from Mechanical Engineering Technicians.
Industry data collected from Mechanical Engineering Technicians.

Median wages (2014) $25.74 hourly, $53,530 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 48,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 12,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (52% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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