Mechanical Engineering Technologists
SOC: 17-3029.07


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,100 employed

Projected (2024):
69,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 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.

Alternate Titles:

  • Apparatus Engineering Technologist
  • CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer)
  • Engineer Technical Staff
  • Engineering Tech
  • Engineering Technical Analyst
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Lead Manufacturing Engineering Tech
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Mechanical Designer/Wind-Chill Administrator
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Technologist
  • Senior Advisory
  • Senior Designer
  • Senior Process Analyst
  • Technical Staff Engineer
  • Tool Analyst
  • Tooling Engineering Tech

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    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.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    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.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare equipment inspection schedules, reliability schedules, work plans, or other records.
  • Prepare cost and materials estimates or project schedules.
  • Provide technical support to other employees regarding mechanical design, fabrication, testing, or documentation.
  • Interpret engineering sketches, specifications, or drawings.
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment, such as leak detectors, glove boxes, or mechanical pumps.
  • Design specialized or customized equipment, machines, or structures.
  • Design molds, tools, dies, jigs, or fixtures for use in manufacturing processes.
  • Conduct failure analyses, document results, and recommend corrective actions.
  • Assist engineers to design, develop, test, or manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, or other equipment.
  • Analyze or estimate production costs, such as labor, equipment, or plant space.
  • Apply testing or monitoring apparatus to operating equipment.
  • Test machines, components, materials, or products to determine characteristics such as performance, strength, or response to stress.
  • Prepare specifications, designs, or sketches for machines, components, or systems related to the generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy.
  • Prepare layouts of machinery, tools, plants, or equipment.
  • Inspect and test mechanical equipment.
  • Oversee, monitor, or inspect mechanical installations or construction projects.
  • Assist mechanical engineers in product testing through activities such as setting up instrumentation for automobile crash tests.
  • Assemble or disassemble complex mechanical systems.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Absorption dynamometers
  • Analytical balances
  • Angle grinders
  • Bench grinders
  • Binocular compound microscopes
  • Boring machines
  • Centerless grinding machines
  • Cold cut chop saws
  • Compression testers
  • Computerized scales
  • Constant temperature baths
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Digital hardness testers
  • Drill presses
  • Dual centrifuges
  • Dual column bandsaws
  • Electronic strain gauges
  • Fatigue testing machines
  • Fume hoods
  • Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
  • Grinding machines
  • Hardness testers
  • Heat treatment furnaces
  • Hydraulic benches
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Hydrostatics benches
  • Impact testers
  • Internal grinding machines
  • Laminated object manufacturing LOM systems
  • Lapping machines
  • Laptop computers
  • Lathes
  • Manual load frames
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Micro lathes
  • Micro mills
  • Microfluidic particle imaging velocimetry PIV systems
  • Milling machines
  • Open channel flow apparatuses
  • Optical comparators
  • Oxygen bomb calorimeters
  • Personal computers
  • Photoelastic testing machines
  • Plastic injection molding machines
  • Pneumatic ratchets
  • Polarimeters
  • Polishing machines
  • Power sheet metal shears
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Selective laser sintering SLS systems
  • Servohydraulic load frames
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Sound level meters
  • Spectrometers
  • Superfinishing machines
  • Surface grinding machines
  • Tensile testers
  • Three-dimensional laser digitizers
  • Three-dimensional prototyping printer
  • Tool grinders
  • Torsion testers
  • Universal testing machines
  • Vibration monitors
  • Wind tunnels
  • ANSYS software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • Intellisense Intellisuite
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • ProModel software
  • PTC Pro/ENGINEER Mechanica
  • Stereolithography SLA rapid prototyping systems
  • TekSoft CAMWorks
  • The MathWorks MATLAB

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980