Engineering technicians use engineering, science, and mathematics to help engineers, scientists, and other professionals in research and development, quality control, manufacturing, and many other fields. Approximately 430,400 engineering technicians are employed in the United States.
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The earnings of engineering technicians vary widely depending on skills and experience, the type of work, geographical location, and other factors. The U.S. Department of Labor reports the following mean earnings for engineering technicians by specialty in May 2018:
- aerospace engineering, $68,970
- civil engineering, $54,670
- electrical and electronic engineering, $...
Depending on their jobs, engineering technicians may work in the shop or office areas or in both. The type of plant facilities depends on the product. For example, an electronics plant producing small electronic products requiring very exacting tolerances has very clean working conditions. Other engineering technicians, such as those in civil engineering, may work outdoors.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides the following employment outlooks for engineering technicians by specialty from 2018 to 2028:
Aerospace engineering and operations: +4 percent. Demand will occur as technicians are needed to help redesign aircraft to reduce noise pollution and to raise fuel efficiency. Technicians will also be in demand by unmanned aerial systems manu...