Mechanical engineering technicians assist
Mechanical engineers in designing, developing, testing and manufacturing machinery, parts
and other mechanical equipment. They troubleshoot design problems, compile flow charts, prepare
drawings, take accurate measurements, lay out production lines, perform quality control
testing, analyze data and write reports. Advancing from simpler, routine duties under close supervision,
they go on to more difficult jobs and general supervision. Although employers prefer an
associate’s degree in mechanical engineering, some may accept a high school graduate with
mathematics and science courses or additional vocational training. Most work 40 hours a
week in a laboratory, office, industrial plant, or at a construction site. Mechanical engineering
technicians can advance in responsibility and acquire a degree that will take them even
further.