Profession product development engineering technician

Product development engineering technicians improve efficiency of product development, set up equipment and develop and test solutions to solve technical problems. They work closely with engineers and technologists, inspect products, conduct tests and collect data.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Material mechanics

    The behaviour of solid objects when subjected to stresses and strains, and the methods to calculate these stresses and strains.

  • 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 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.

  • CAD software

    The computer-aided design (CAD) software for creating, modifying, analysing or optimising a design.

  • Engineering processes

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

Skills

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Inspect quality of products

    Use various techniques to ensure the product quality is respecting the quality standards and specifications. Oversee defects, packaging and sendbacks of products to different production departments.

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Analyse test data

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

  • Collaborate with engineers

    Work closely and communicate with engineers on designs or new products.

  • Develop product design

    Translate market requirements into product design and development.

  • Adjust engineering designs

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

  • Use CAD software

    Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design.

  • Provide advice to technicians

    Offer help and advice to service technicians in case of machine malfunctions and other repair tasks.

Optional knowledge and skills

assess operating cost production processes analyse stress resistance of products ensure equipment availability use computer-aided engineering systems analyse stress resistance of materials use testing equipment plan manufacturing processes record test data blueprints write inspection reports collaborate with designers analyse production processes for improvement write stress analysis reports manufacturing processes read standard blueprints perform test run

Common job titles

  • Engineering technician
  • Test technician