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17-3027.00 - Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Sample of reported job titles: Design Engineer, Designer, Engineering Lab Technician, Engineering Technical Analyst, Engineering Technician, Equipment Engineer, Lab Technician, Mechanical Designer, Process Technician, Research and Development Technician

Also see: Automotive Engineering Technicians

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Tasks

  • Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Devise, fabricate, and assemble new or modified mechanical components for products such as industrial machinery or equipment, and measuring instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Discuss changes in design, method of manufacture and assembly, and drafting techniques and procedures with staff and coordinate corrections. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate drill press, grinders, engine lathe, or other machines to modify parts tested or to fabricate experimental parts for testing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and test nature of technical problems such as redesign. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and conduct tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with technicians and submit reports of test results to engineering department and recommend design or material changes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare parts sketches and write work orders and purchase requests to be furnished by outside contractors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate required capacities for equipment of proposed system to obtain specified performance and submit data to engineering personnel for approval. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Draft detail drawing or sketch for drafting room completion or to request parts fabrication by machine, sheet or wood shops. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test equipment, using test devices attached to generator, voltage regulator, or other electrical parts, such as generators or spark plugs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect lines and figures for clarity and return erroneous drawings to designer for correction. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up prototype and test apparatus and operate test controlling equipment to observe and record prototype test results. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Estimate cost factors including labor and material for purchased and fabricated parts and costs for assembly, testing, or installing. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Accelerometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters — Clamp-on ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Amplifiers — High-voltage amplifiers; Linear amplifiers; Switched amplifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anemometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt sander — Belt sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • C clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Comparators — Electronic comparators; Optical comparators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers — Compression testing machines; Hydraulic universal testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting die — Metal cutting dies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cylinder gauge — Ring gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Punch presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extruders — Extrusion machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fatigue testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow sensors — Fluid meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Force or torque sensors — Force sensors; Torque meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Form tools or toolbits — Twist drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gage block set — Plane-parallel gauge blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Dry rod ovens; Gas welding equipment; Oxyacetylene welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Go or no go gauge — Go/no-go gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Graphics tablets — Digitizing tablets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hardness testers — Durometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Vernier height gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole gauge — Bore gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal turning center — Computerized numerical control CNC lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Induction heaters — Heat treatment furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Injection molding machines — Rotational molders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inverted microscopes — Metallographs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Spirit levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifter plate — Granite surface plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loadcells — Load cells See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Longnose pliers — Long nose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual press brake — Hand brakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Band saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal markers or holders — Marking gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal polishing machine — Polishing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal slitting saw — Sheet metal slitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal testing instruments — Bend test fixtures; Guided bend weld test units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Screw gauge micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microprocessors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Mill files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Offset screw driver — Offset screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pitch measuring instruments — Screw pitch gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plasma cutting machine — Track burning machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plotter printers — Drafting plotters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positioning jig — Positioning jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Cylindrical grinders; Pedestal grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Center punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rotameters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Steel rules See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Slotted screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scribers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scroll saw — Scroll saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shear strength testers — Shear testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Power shears; Power sheet metal shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Arc welding equipment; Stick welding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal conditioners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sine bar — Sine bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Arc-joint pliers; Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment; Spot welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Combination squares; Layout squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strain gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface grinding machine — Surface grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taper gauge — Taper plug gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taps — Metal cutting taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature transmitters — Temperature sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — Tensile testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal differential analyzers — Dynamic mechanical analyzers DMA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Snap gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thread counters or gauges — Screw thread gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes 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.
  • Twin screw extruder — Twin-screw extruders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasound inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Universal milling machine — Combination milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum molding machines — Vacuum molders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum pumps — Freon recovery equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vertical machining center — Computerized numerical control CNC vertical milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wave soldering machine — Soldering equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — MSC Software Adams; Spectral Dynamics STARAcoustics; The MathWorks MATLAB; Wolfram Research Mathematica (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical; Bentley MicroStation; IBM CATIA V5; SolidWorks CAD software (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — CNC Mastercam; Three-dimensional 3D solid modeling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic; National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Computerized numerical control CNC programming software; Robotic control software; Soft Servo Systems LadderWorks PLC See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Corel WordPerfect software; Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review technical documents to plan work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document design or operational test results. 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.
  • Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test or validation data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate devices or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design industrial equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate operational costs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate products or components using machine tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test products for functionality or quality. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 78% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 54% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 52% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 60% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 43% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 54% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 38% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 41% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 29% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 35% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 32% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 28% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 32% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 52% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 37% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 24% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 44% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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
25   High school diploma or equivalent Help
23   Some college, no degree
22   Bachelor's degree

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

Interest code: RI

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (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)

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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