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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.

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Analyze performance of vehicles or components that have been redesigned to increase fuel efficiency, such as camless or dual-clutch engines or alternative types of air-conditioning systems. Green Task Statement
  • 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. Green Task Statement
  • 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.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Dynamometers — Chassis dynamometers
Flowmeters — Flow benches
Signal generators — Function generators
Tension testers — Crack detection equipment; High-vacuum tensile testing chambers
Turning machines — Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers

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
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel

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Education

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

Engineering — Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician

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Credentials

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Interests

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.

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Work Values

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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

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

Median wages (2013) $25.19 hourly, $52,390 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 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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Job Openings on the Web

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