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17-3027.01 - Automotive Engineering Technicians

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

Sample of reported job titles: Emissions Engineer, Engineering Team Supervisor, Laboratory Technician (Lab Technician), Research Technician, Test Engineer

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


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

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Road simulators
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical; Autodesk Inventor; PTC Creo Parametric Hot technology
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Hot technology
  • Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW Hot technology
  • Electronic mail software — IBM Notes Hot technology
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — SAP Hot technology
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Calipers
  • 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
  • Multimeters
  • 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

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
88 
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.
81 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
78 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
73 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
70 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
67 
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.
54 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
53 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
51 
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.
50 
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.
48 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
47 
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.
45 
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.
41 
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.
36 
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.
34 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
33 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
32 
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.
32 
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.
27 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
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.
25 
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.
24 
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.
24 
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.
23 
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.
17 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
14 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
8 
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.
8 
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.
7 
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.
4 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
3 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
3 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
66 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
63 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
63 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
56 
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.
56 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
56 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
56 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
56 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
53 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
53 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
50 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
50 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
50 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
47 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
47 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
47 
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 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
41 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
41 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
38 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
35 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
35 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
35 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
35 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
35 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
35 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
31 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
28 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
28 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
25 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
19 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
72 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
72 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
69 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
69 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
63 
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).
63 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
60 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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.
60 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
60 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
60 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
56 
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.
56 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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 
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.
53 
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.
53 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
50 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
50 
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).
50 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
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.
44 
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.
44 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
41 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
41 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41 
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 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
38 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
38 
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.
38 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
38 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
38 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
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.
35 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
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.
35 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
31 
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.
31 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
31 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
28 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
28 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
25 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
25 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
22 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
22 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
22 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
0 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
0 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
87 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
81 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
79 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
76 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
76 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
75 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
74 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
72 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
70 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
70 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
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.
69 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
68 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
67 
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.
66 
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.
64 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
63 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
63 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
60 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
59 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
58 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
57 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
57 
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.
55 
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.
55 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
50 
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.
49 
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.
49 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
49 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
49 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
45 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
45 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
44 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
43 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
42 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
40 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
38 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
28 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
27 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
26 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
24 
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.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


96     Every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


89     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


81     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
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?


85     Every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


52     Extremely important
37     Very important
11     Important
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


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


41     Extremely important
52     Very important
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?


41     Constant contact with others
37     Contact with others most of the time
22     Contact with others about half the time
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


63     More than 40 hours
33     40 hours
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?


30     Every day
37     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


22     Very high responsibility
44     High responsibility
30     Moderate responsibility
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


15     Every day
56     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


26     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


33     Every day
30     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
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?


26     Continually or almost continually
37     More than half the time
19     About half the time
15     Less than half the time
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


11     A lot of freedom
37     Some freedom
48     Limited freedom
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


11     Very important results
52     Important results
22     Moderate results
11     Minor results
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


37     Moderately close (at arm's length)
56     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
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?


30     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
22     Once a year or more but not every month
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


15     Every day
44     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


26     Extremely serious
26     Very serious
15     Serious
19     Fairly serious
15     Not serious at all
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


33     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
22     Once a year or more but not every month
11     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?


48     Very important
30     Important
15     Fairly important
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?


37     Some freedom
37     Limited freedom
19     Very little freedom
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


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


26     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
30     Once a year or more but not every month
11     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


26     More than half the time
41     About half the time
26     Less than half the time
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


33     Highly competitive
44     Moderately competitive
22     Slightly competitive
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


22     Very important
44     Important
22     Fairly important
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


26     Once a week or more but not every day
44     Once a month or more but not every week
22     Once a year or more but not every month
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


15     Extremely important
26     Very important
11     Important
26     Fairly important
22     Not important at all
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


19     High responsibility
41     Moderate responsibility
33     Limited responsibility
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
11     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a month or more but not every week
41     Once a year or more but not every month
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


26     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
37     Once a year or more but not every month
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


11     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
33     Once a year or more but not every month
15     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


15     More than half the time
44     About half the time
41     Less than half the time
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?


19     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
59     Once a year or more but not every month
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


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


11     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
59     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


12     About half the time
69     Less than half the time
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?


15     Every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
37     Once a year or more but not every month
22     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


15     More than half the time
67     Less than half the time
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


44     Moderately automated
37     Slightly automated
15     Not at all automated
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


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


11     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
26     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.)


26     Important
37     Fairly important
26     Not important at all
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


15     About half the time
73     Less than half the time
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


15     Once a month or more but not every week
41     Once a year or more but not every month
30     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


12     About half the time
77     Less than half the time
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


26     Once a year or more but not every month
56     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


56     Less than half the time
33     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


15     Once a month or more but not every week
37     Once a year or more but not every month
48     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


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


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


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


96     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


93     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 hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


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

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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.
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.
45 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
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.
6 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
6 
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
88 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
85 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
81 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
78 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
76 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
75 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
75 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
75 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
72 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
71 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
70 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
67 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
65 
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.
55 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
55 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
53 
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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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


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

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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 (2016) $26.19 hourly, $54,480 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 48,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Slower than average (2% to 4%) Slower than average (2% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 12,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Manufacturing (52% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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