Summary Report for:
17-3027.01 - Automotive Engineering Technicians
Assist engineers in determining the practicality of proposed product design changes and plan and carry out tests on experimental test devices or equipment for performance, durability, or efficiency.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Analyze performance of vehicles or components that have been redesigned to increase fuel efficiency, such as camless or dual-clutch engines or alternative types of air-conditioning systems.
- Analyze test data for automotive systems, subsystems, or component parts.
- Build instrumentation or laboratory test equipment for special purposes.
- Document test results, using cameras, spreadsheets, documents, or other tools.
- Fabricate new or modify existing prototype components or fixtures.
- Improve fuel efficiency by testing vehicles or components that use lighter materials, such as aluminum, magnesium alloy, or plastic.
- Inspect or test parts to determine nature or cause of defects or malfunctions.
- Install equipment, such as instrumentation, test equipment, engines, or aftermarket products, to ensure proper interfaces.
- Maintain test equipment in operational condition by performing routine maintenance or making minor repairs or adjustments as needed.
- Monitor computer-controlled test equipment, according to written or verbal instructions.
- Order new test equipment, supplies, or replacement parts.
- Participate in research or testing of computerized automotive applications, such as telemetrics, intelligent transportation systems, artificial intelligence, or automatic control.
- Perform or execute manual or automated tests of automotive system or component performance, efficiency, or durability.
- Read and interpret blueprints, schematics, work specifications, drawings, or charts.
- Recommend product or component design improvements, based on test data or observations.
- Recommend tests or testing conditions in accordance with designs, customer requirements, or industry standards to ensure test validity.
- Set up mechanical, hydraulic, or electric test equipment in accordance with engineering specifications, standards, or test procedures.
- Test performance of vehicles that use alternative fuels, such as alcohol blends, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, biodiesel, nano diesel, or alternative power methods, such as solar energy or hydrogen fuel cells.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Exhaust gas analyzers
- Compression testers
- Digital testers — Electronic engine analyzers
- Dynamometers — Chassis dynamometers
- Flowmeters — Flow benches
- Force or torque sensors — Force gauges
- Frequency counters or timer or dividers — Frequency counters
- Horizontal turning center — Engine lathes
- Leak testing equipment — Leakage testers
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Oscilloscopes — Ignition oscilloscopes
- Pin gauge — Pin gauges
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters
- Refrigerated and heated walk in environmental or growth chambers — Environmental chambers
- Signal generators — Function generators
- Speed sensors — Timing lights
- Tension testers — Crack detection equipment; High-vacuum tensile testing chambers
- Traveling column milling machine — Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
- Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
- Turning machines — Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers
- Vibration testers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Road simulators
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical; Autodesk Inventor; PTC Pro/ENGINEER software
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
- Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW
- Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Detailed Work Activities
- Operate industrial equipment.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
- Review technical documents to plan work.
- Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems.
- Document design or operational test results.
- Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
- Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
- Maintain test equipment.
- Research advanced engineering designs or applications.
- Analyze test or validation data.
- Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
- Test green technologies or processes.
- Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
- Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
- Create physical models or prototypes.
- Test products for functionality or quality.
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
Interest code: RIC
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Mechanical Engineering Technicians.
Employment data collected from Mechanical Engineering Technicians.
Industry data collected from Mechanical Engineering Technicians.
|Median wages (2014)||$25.74 hourly, $53,530 annual|
|Employment (2012)||48,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||12,100|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Mechanical Engineering Technicians . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
- SAE International , 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale, PA 15096-0001. Phone: (724) 776-4841.