The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
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Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
Mechanical Engineering Technician
|Overview:||Mechanical engineering technicians prepare sketches, layout drawings and measurement specifications for newly proposed machinery products designed by mechanical and industrial engineers. They prepare cost estimates for the materials needed.|
|Duties:||They work as a member of an engineering team in order to produce sketches, layouts, blueprints and specifications for newly proposed machines, parts or machine covers.
Use computer equipment to produce plotting and to calculate measurement specifications for the newly proposed products.
Assist engineers to build a prototype or test model of the proposed products. Conduct tests to assess the quality of the prototype and identify potential production problems.
Prepare statistical reports for engineers to describe the results of laboratory tests of prototypes such as stress tests and the effects of extreme temperatures, humidity, etc.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
A.A.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology
|Job Outlook:||Employment of mechanical engineering technicians is expected to grow much slower than average through 2018. Increased foreign competition in both design services and manufacturing, together with improved efficiencies in design and testing, will reduce the need for mechanical engineering technicians.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$28,000 to $32,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An associate degree from a 2-year college or technical institute is the usual educational requirement. A strong background in mechanical design and computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) is essential. Graduates of programs approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology are given preference for job openings.|
|Advancement Info:||Mechanical engineering technicians usually begin by doing routine duties. They work under the close supervision of experienced technicians or engineers. As they gain experience, technicians are given more difficult assignments and have less supervision. Mechanical engineering technicians with leadership skills may advance to supervisor positions. Keeping their skills current through continuing education classes helps technicians to advance.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.