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17-3029.07 - Mechanical Engineering Technologists

Assist mechanical engineers in such activities as generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy. Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment or plan the flow of work. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.

Sample of reported job titles: CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer), Engineer Technical Staff, Engineering Tech, Engineering Technologist, Mechanical Designer, Mechanical Designer/Wind-Chill Administrator, Senior Designer, Senior Process Analyst, Technical Staff Engineer, Tooling Engineering Tech

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
80   Core Interpret engineering sketches, specifications, or drawings.
72   Core Assist engineers to design, develop, test, or manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, or other equipment.
72   Core Design specialized or customized equipment, machines, or structures.
72   Core Prepare specifications, designs, or sketches for machines, components, or systems related to the generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy.
71   Core Provide technical support to other employees regarding mechanical design, fabrication, testing, or documentation.
71   Core Inspect and test mechanical equipment.
68   Core Conduct failure analyses, document results, and recommend corrective actions.
68   Core Assemble or disassemble complex mechanical systems.
67   Core Test machines, components, materials, or products to determine characteristics such as performance, strength, or response to stress.
67   Core Prepare cost and materials estimates or project schedules.
63   Core Design molds, tools, dies, jigs, or fixtures for use in manufacturing processes.
60   Core Prepare layouts of machinery, tools, plants, or equipment.
59   Core Analyze or estimate production costs, such as labor, equipment, or plant space.
55   Core Prepare equipment inspection schedules, reliability schedules, work plans, or other records.
67   Supplemental Assist mechanical engineers in product testing through activities such as setting up instrumentation for automobile crash tests.
65   Supplemental Oversee, monitor, or inspect mechanical installations or construction projects.
63   Supplemental Apply testing or monitoring apparatus to operating equipment.
53   Supplemental Perform routine maintenance on equipment, such as leak detectors, glove boxes, or mechanical pumps.
Not available Not available Analyze energy requirements and distribution systems to maximize the use of intermittent or inflexible renewable energy sources, such as wind or nuclear. Green Task Statement
Not available Not available Assist engineers to design or develop electrochemical devices, such as solid oxide membranes or other products for sustainable applications. Green Task Statement
Not available Not available Conduct statistical studies to analyze or compare production costs for sustainable and nonsustainable designs. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Calorimeters — Oxygen bomb calorimeters
Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
Dynamometers — Absorption dynamometers
Fused deposition modeling machine — Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
Laboratory benches — Hydraulic benches; Hydrostatics benches
Load frame — Manual load frames; Servohydraulic load frames
Pneumatic impact wrenches — Pneumatic ratchets
Polishing machines — Superfinishing machines
Power grinders — Bench grinders; Centerless grinding machines; Grinding machines; Internal grinding machines (see all 5 examples)
Power saws — Cold cut chop saws; Dual column bandsaws
Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes; Micro lathes

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Intellisense Intellisuite; ProModel software; The MathWorks MATLAB (see all 7 examples)
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk Inventor; Bentley Microstation; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software; PTC Pro/ENGINEER Mechanica (see all 6 examples)
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Stereolithography SLA rapid prototyping systems; TekSoft CAMWorks
Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access
Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

See all 62 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
91   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
85   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
82   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
77   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
73   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
66   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
65   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
64   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
61   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
51   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
50   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
49   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
48   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
34   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
33   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
31   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
30   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
27   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
26   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
26   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
23   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
22   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
20   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
15   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
10   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
10   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
72   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
69   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
66   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
63   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
63   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
60   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
60   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
60   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
60   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
56   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
56   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
56   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
56   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
56   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
53   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
53   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
53   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
50   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
50   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
50   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
47   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
44   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
44   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
44   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
41   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
41   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
41   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
41   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
41   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
38   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
35   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
35   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
31   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
19   Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
69   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
69   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
66   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
66   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
66   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
63   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
63   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
63   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
63   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
60   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
60   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
56   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
56   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
56   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
53   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
53   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
53   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
53   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
53   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
53   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
50   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
50   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
50   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
50   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
50   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
50   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
44   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
44   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
44   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
41   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
41   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
38   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
38   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
35   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
25   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
25   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
25   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
25   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
25   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
22   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
19   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
19   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
19   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
19   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
19   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
19   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
  Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
84   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Assist engineers or scientists with research.
82   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
82   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
78   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
77   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
76   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
75   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
  • Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment.
  • Design electromechanical equipment or systems.
  • Design industrial equipment.
73   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
72   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
71   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Analyze green technology design requirements.
  • Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data.
70   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Test products for functionality or quality.
70   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
69   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
68   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
67   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
67   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
67   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Estimate operational costs.
64   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Document design or operational test results.
  • Document technical design details.
59   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.
56   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Schedule operational activities.
55   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
54   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
54   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
52   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
50   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Assemble equipment or components.
48   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
46   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
45   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
42   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
41   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
39   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
37   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
34   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
30   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
29   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
29   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
26   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct construction activities.
  • Direct installation activities.
25   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
23   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
  Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


73     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


77     Constant contact with others
11     Contact with others most of the time
12     Contact with others about half the time
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


80     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


49     Extremely important
50     Very important
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


60     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


84     Every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


56     A lot of freedom
22     Some freedom
21     Limited freedom
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


46     A lot of freedom
36     Some freedom
18     Limited freedom
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


77     Every day
22     Never
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


47     More than 40 hours
53     40 hours
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


40     Extremely important
40     Very important
11     Not important at all
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


39     Extremely important
43     Very important
11     Not important at all
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


37     Very high responsibility
33     High responsibility
14     Moderate responsibility
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


47     Very important results
17     Important results
13     Moderate results
15     Minor results
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


25     Very high responsibility
38     High responsibility
30     Moderate responsibility
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


37     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


17     Every day
34     Once a week or more but not every day
38     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


26     Extremely serious
16     Very serious
35     Serious
19     Fairly serious
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


39     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a year or more but not every month
16     Never
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


17     Very close (near touching)
24     Moderately close (at arm's length)
27     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
33     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


31     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
27     Never
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


12     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
51     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Once a year or more but not every month
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


37     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a year or more but not every month
30     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


24     Extremely important
18     Very important
25     Important
27     Not important at all
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


18     Continually or almost continually
28     More than half the time
44     Less than half the time
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


38     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a year or more but not every month
37     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


22     Extremely important
15     Very important
25     Important
22     Fairly important
16     Not important at all
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


22     Very important
34     Important
22     Fairly important
15     Not important at all
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


14     Highly competitive
49     Moderately competitive
11     Slightly competitive
19     Not at all competitive
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


31     More than half the time
20     About half the time
49     Less than half the time
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


28     More than half the time
19     About half the time
53     Less than half the time
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


13     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Once a year or more but not every month
19     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


12     Every day
35     Once a month or more but not every week
27     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


11     Every day
41     Once a month or more but not every week
33     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


11     Every day
22     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
44     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


19     Every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
43     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


23     Every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Once a year or more but not every month
45     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


11     Continually or almost continually
26     About half the time
48     Less than half the time
15     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


11     More than half the time
28     About half the time
52     Less than half the time
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


27     Once a week or more but not every day
31     Once a year or more but not every month
39     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


11     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
49     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


11     Every day
39     Once a year or more but not every month
36     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


22     Once a week or more but not every day
46     Once a year or more but not every month
31     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


23     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
50     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


11     More than half the time
22     About half the time
27     Less than half the time
39     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


29     Moderately automated
28     Slightly automated
37     Not at all automated
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


11     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
37     Once a year or more but not every month
40     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


11     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
74     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


12     About half the time
57     Less than half the time
31     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


16     Every day
13     Once a year or more but not every month
71     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


31     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
69     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


50     Less than half the time
50     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


11     Once a week or more but not every day
80     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


25     Less than half the time
67     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


11     Once a week or more but not every day
89     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


11     Once a month or more but not every week
89     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


100     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
46   Bachelor's degree
37   Associate's degree
15   Post-secondary certificate Help

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

Engineering — Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical 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.
67   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.
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.
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.
11   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.
  Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
92   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
91   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
87   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
86   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
86   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
82   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
81   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
79   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
79   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
78   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
76   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
76   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
76   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
70   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
67   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
58   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Extent
Work Value
72   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.
67   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
67   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.
64   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.
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.
45   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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.

Median wages (2013) $29.12 hourly, $60,560 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 68,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 14,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Government (33% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 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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