|Quick Facts: Mechanical Engineering Technicians|
|2010 Median Pay||
$50,110 per year
$24.09 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||44,900|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||4% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||1,800|
Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.
Mechanical engineering technicians help with manufacturing processes on the shop floor or with development phases in research and development labs before manufacturing takes place.
Most employers prefer to hire someone with an associate’s degree or other postsecondary training in a field such as mechanical design technology. Prospective engineering technicians should take as many science and math courses as possible while in high school.
The median annual wage of mechanical engineering technicians was $50,110 in May 2010.
Employment of mechanical engineering technicians is expected to grow by 4 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Nevertheless, there should be opportunities for those who can master new software and technology, as well as traditional manual skills.
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