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17-3029.06 - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

Develop tools, implement designs, or integrate machinery, equipment, or computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.

Sample of reported job titles: Business Process Analyst, Manufacturing Technology Analyst, Technical Fellow, Tool Design Engineer

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Recommend corrective or preventive actions to assure or improve product quality or reliability.
  • Prepare layouts, drawings, or sketches of machinery or equipment, such as shop tooling, scale layouts, or new equipment design, using drafting equipment or computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Identify and implement new manufacturing technologies, processes, or equipment.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements in quality, cost, or efficiency of automation equipment.
  • Monitor or measure manufacturing processes to identify ways to reduce losses, decrease time requirements, or improve quality.
  • Ensure adherence to safety rules and practices.
  • Coordinate equipment purchases, installations, or transfers.
  • Plan, estimate, or schedule production work.
  • Develop or maintain programs associated with automated production equipment.
  • Select material quantities or processing methods needed to achieve efficient production. Green Task Statement
  • Estimate manufacturing costs.
  • Install and evaluate manufacturing equipment, materials, or components.
  • Oversee equipment start-up, characterization, qualification, or release.
  • Develop production, inventory, or quality assurance programs.
  • Create computer applications for manufacturing processes or operations, using computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) tools.
  • Develop manufacturing infrastructure to integrate or deploy new manufacturing processes.
  • Verify weights, measurements, counts, or calculations and record results on batch records.
  • Design plant layouts or production facilities.
  • Operate complex processing equipment.
  • Train manufacturing technicians on topics such as safety, health, fire prevention, or quality.
  • Erect manufacturing engineering equipment.
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance.
  • Analyze manufacturing supply chains to identify opportunities for increased efficiency in the acquisition of raw materials. Green Task Statement
  • Design plant or production layouts that minimize environmental impacts. Green Task Statement
  • Develop processes to recover, recycle, or reuse waste or scrap materials from manufacturing operations. Green Task Statement
  • Develop sustainable manufacturing technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize raw material use, replace toxic materials with non-toxic materials, replace non-renewable materials with renewable materials, or reduce waste. Green Task Statement
  • Evaluate current or proposed manufacturing processes or practices for environmental sustainability, considering factors such as green house gas emissions, air pollution, water pollution, energy use, or waste creation. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor manufacturing operations to ensure adherence to environmental policies and practices. Green Task Statement
  • Train manufacturing technicians on environmental protection topics. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Digital calipers
  • Casting machines — Centrifugal casting machines; Permanent mold casting machines
  • Center gauge — Edge finders
  • Comparators — Optical comparators
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Deburring tool — Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
  • Eddy current examination equipment — Eddy current inspection equipment
  • Fatigue testers — Fatigue testing machines
  • Frequency calibrator or simulator — Signal analyzers
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods
  • Fused deposition modeling machine — Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
  • Hardness testers — Automatic microhardness testers
  • Hex keys — Hex key sets
  • Horizontal turning center — Computerized numerical control CNC lathes; Engine lathes
  • Induction heaters — Induction melting units
  • Injection molding machines — Thermoplastic injection molding presses
  • Liquid penetrant examination equipment — Dye penetrant inspection equipment
  • Magnetic particle examination equipment — Magnetic inspection equipment
  • Metal band sawing machine — Band saws
  • Microcontrollers — Automated vision systems; Programmable automation controllers PAC; Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Micrometers
  • Milling machines — 3-axis computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines; Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers; Computerized numerical control CNC routers
  • Osmometers
  • pH meters
  • Power grinders — Pedestal grinders
  • Rulers — Machinist rules
  • Safety glasses
  • Scanners — Three-dimensional laser digitizers
  • Spectrometers
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Straight edges — Parallel sets
  • Tension testers — Servohydraulic tensile testing machines; Tensile testers
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
  • Turning machines — Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers
  • Universal milling machine — Horizontal milling machines
  • Vertical machining center — Vertical machining centers
  • Vertical turning center — Vertical spindle mills
  • Wire cathode electrode discharge machine — Electrical discharge machines EDM

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — MSC Software Adams; MSC Software Nastran; MSC Software Patran
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Dassault Systemes CATIA Hot technology ; Kubotek CADKEY Wireframe; Siemens PLM Software NX (see all 7 examples)
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Hot technology — Cimatron Group GibbsCAM; Delcam; Materilise Magics; Surfware SURFCAM (see all 6 examples)
  • Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW Hot technology
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Infor Industrial Essentials; Management information systems MIS; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Hot technology ; SAP Hot technology
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Microsoft Visio Hot technology
  • Industrial control software — MASS Group FactoryLink SCADA HMI; National Instruments NI-DAQmx; Siemens SIMATIC HMI; VIA Information Tools MAN-IT (see all 10 examples)
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — ABB CPM4Metals; AspenTech Aspen InfoPlus; Horizon Software MRP Plus; Materials requirement planning MRP software
  • Object or component oriented development software — G-code; Microsoft Visual C++
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project Hot technology
  • 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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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.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

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Abilities

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

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Work Activities

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • 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.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
  • Estimate time requirements for development or production projects.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Schedule operational activities.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Select project materials.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Install production equipment or systems.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
  • Direct quality control activities.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Verify mathematical calculations.
  • Design structures or facilities.
  • Operate industrial equipment.
  • Teach safety standards or environmental compliance methods.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.
  • Incorporate green features into the design of structures or facilities.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 92% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone — 83% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 72% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 67% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 56% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Contact With Others — 52% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 58% responded “Very important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 52% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 52% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure — 48% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 38% responded “Very important.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 48% responded “Important results.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 48% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 33% responded “Every day.”
  • Letters and Memos — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 50% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Sitting — 56% responded “About half the time.”
  • Consequence of Error — 42% responded “Very serious.”
  • Level of Competition — 38% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Deal With External Customers — 36% responded “Very important.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Physical Proximity — 63% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 40% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
52   Bachelor's degree
32   Associate's degree
12   Post-baccalaureate certificate Help

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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 Styles

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

  • 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.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

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

Median wages (2015) $29.45 hourly, $61,260 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 70,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Little or no change (-1% to 1%) Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 17,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 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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