Mechanical Engineering Technicians
Many of the 42,600 mechanical engineering technicians employed in the United States work in durable goods manufacturing, primarily making electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, industrial machinery and equipment, instruments and related products, and transportation equipment. A sizable percentage work in service industries, mostly in engineering and business services companies that do contract work for government, manufacturing, and other organizations.
The federal government employs mechanical engineering technicians in the Departments of Defense, Transportation, Agriculture, and Interior as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. State and municipal governments also employ mechanical engineering technicians.
The career services offices in schools that offer associate's degrees in mechanical engineering technology and two-year technician programs usually help graduates find employment. At most colleges, in fact, company recruiters interview prospective graduates during their final semester of school. As a result, many students receive job offers before graduation. Other graduates may prefer to apply directly to employers, newspaper classified ads, or apply through public or private employment services.
As mechanical engineering technicians remain with a company, they become more valuable to the employer. Opportunities for advancement are available to those who are willing to accept greater responsibilities either by specializing in a specific field, taking on more technically complex assignments, or by assuming supervisory duties. Some technicians advance by moving into technical sales or customer relations. Mechanical technicians who further their education may choose to become tool designers or mechanical engineers.
Tips for Entry
Read publications such as Mechanical Engineering (https://www.asme.org/membership/membership-benefits/mechanical-engineering-magazine) to learn more about the field.
Visit the following Web sites for job listings and training information:
Become certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies to show employers that you have met the highest standards established by your industry.