Projected Growth: Slower than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Assist mechanical engineers in such activities as generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy. Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment or plan the flow of work. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.
Common job titles of Mechanical Engineering Technologists include:
Experience and Education
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.
45.62% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
36.74% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
Analyze energy requirements and distribution systems to maximize the use of intermittent or inflexible renewable energy sources, such as wind or nuclear.
Assist engineers to design or develop electrochemical devices, such as solid oxide membranes or other products for sustainable applications.
Conduct statistical studies to analyze or compare production costs for sustainable and nonsustainable designs.
Provide technical support to other employees regarding mechanical design, fabrication, testing, or documentation.
Interpret engineering sketches, specifications, or drawings.
Assist engineers to design, develop, test, or manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, or other equipment.
Inspect and test mechanical equipment.
Assist mechanical engineers in product testing through activities such as setting up instrumentation for automobile crash tests.
Test machines, components, materials, or products to determine characteristics such as performance, strength, or response to stress.
Perform routine maintenance on equipment, such as leak detectors, glove boxes, or mechanical pumps.
Analyze or estimate production costs, such as labor, equipment, or plant space.
Conduct failure analyses, document results, and recommend corrective actions.
Design specialized or customized equipment, machines, or structures.
Prepare equipment inspection schedules, reliability schedules, work plans, or other records.
Assemble or disassemble complex mechanical systems.
Oversee, monitor, or inspect mechanical installations or construction projects.
Prepare layouts of machinery, tools, plants, or equipment.
Prepare specifications, designs, or sketches for machines, components, or systems related to the generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy.
Apply testing or monitoring apparatus to operating equipment.
Design molds, tools, dies, jigs, or fixtures for use in manufacturing processes.
Prepare cost and materials estimates or project schedules.
Universal testing machines
Three-dimensional prototyping printer
Three-dimensional laser digitizersAll Tools
Surface grinding machines
Sound level meters
Shielded arc welding tools
Servohydraulic load frames
Selective laser sintering SLS systems
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Power sheet metal shears
Plastic injection molding machines
Photoelastic testing machines
Oxygen bomb calorimeters
Open channel flow apparatuses
Microfluidic particle imaging velocimetry PIV systems
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Manual load frames
Laminated object manufacturing LOM systems
Internal grinding machines
Heat treatment furnaces
Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
Fatigue testing machines
Electronic strain gauges
Dual column bandsaws
Digital hardness testers
Coordinate measuring machines CMM
Constant temperature baths
Cold cut chop saws
Centerless grinding machines
Binocular compound microscopes
Computer aided design CAD software
Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
PTC Pro/ENGINEER MechanicaAll Technologies
The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Data acquisition software
Finite element method FEM software
Stereolithography SLA rapid prototyping systems
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.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
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.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
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.
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.