Profession mechanical engineering technician

    mechanical engineering technician

Mechanical engineering technicians assist engineers with the design, development, operation and installation of mechanical installations and engineering projects.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks mechanical engineering technician

  • Design equipment, machine tools, production machinery, etc. for mechanical engineering projects.
  • Develop drawings and sketches for engineering projects (e.g. new or modified industrial machinery, equipment or machine tools), for instance using computer-aided design or drafting (CAD).
  • Identify, plan and modify requirements for fabrication, assembly and testing, e.g. by reviewing project instructions and specifications.
  • Prepare estimates of materials, equipment, labor, etc. required for engineering projects.
  • Write work orders and purchase requests for outside contractors.
  • Fabricate, assemble and install new or modified components or complete units, e.g. mechanical equipment, machine tools and controls.
  • Discuss changes in design, methods, drafting techniques and procedures with relevant parties and coordinate revisions.
  • Plan and prepare tests of complete units and components, based on project instructions and drawings.
  • Conduct tests of components and complete units (e.g. mechanical equipment, machine tools) under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance, detect faults, etc.
  • Analyze test results and modify or adjust components or units accordingly.

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  • CAE software

    The software to perform computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysis tasks such as Finite Element Analysis and Computional Fluid Dynamics.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Principles of mechanical engineering

    Understand principles of mechanical engineering, physics, and materials science.


  • Use a computer

    Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.

  • Analyse test data

    Interpret and analyse data collected during testing in order to formulate conclusions, new insights or solutions.

  • Design engineering components

    Design engineering parts, assemblies, products, or systems.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Liaise with engineers

    Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

Optional knowledge and skills

fluid mechanics health and safety in the workplace analyse production processes for improvement use computer-aided engineering systems ensure equipment availability blueprints oversee quality control maintain power plants technical terminology monitor nuclear power plant systems cad software manage supplies order supplies perform test run perform maintenance on installed equipment interpret technical requirements assess operating cost use cad software material mechanics nuclear energy read standard blueprints use testing equipment create technical plans technical drawings record test data

Common job titles

  • Engineering technician
  • Test technician
  • Robotic-automation service technician
  • Assembly technician
  • Technician i - engineering technician ii-mechanical
  • Field service technician
  • Mechanical engineering technician
  • Mechanical technician 4 - environmental test