CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists. Prepare parts sketches and write work orders and purchase requests to be furnished by outside contractors.
 
Draft detail drawing or sketch for drafting room completion or to request parts fabrication by machine, sheet or wood shops.
 
Review project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and test nature of technical problems such as redesign.
 
Review project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing.
 
Devise, fabricate, and assemble new or modified mechanical components for products such as industrial machinery or equipment, and measuring instruments.
 
Discuss changes in design, method of manufacture and assembly, and drafting techniques and procedures with staff and coordinate corrections.
 
Set up and conduct tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance.
 
Inspect lines and figures for clarity and return erroneous drawings to designer for correction.
 
Analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications.
 
Evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills.
 
Confer with technicians and submit reports of test results to engineering department and recommend design or material changes.
 
Calculate required capacities for equipment of proposed system to obtain specified performance and submit data to engineering personnel for approval.
 
Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods.
 
Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance.
 
Estimate cost factors including labor and material for purchased and fabricated parts and costs for assembly, testing, or installing.
 
Set up prototype and test apparatus and operate test controlling equipment to observe and record prototype test results.
 
Operate drill press, grinders, engine lathe, or other machines to modify parts tested or to fabricate experimental parts for testing.
 
Test equipment, using test devices attached to generator, voltage regulator, or other electrical parts, such as generators or spark plugs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ANSYS Mechanical Analytical or scientific software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Inventor Computer aided design CAD software
 
Bentley MicroStation Computer aided design CAD software
 
CNC Mastercam Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Computerized numerical control CNC programming software Industrial control software
 
Corel WordPerfect software Word processing software
 
IBM CATIA V5 Computer aided design CAD software
 
MSC Software Adams Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
National Instruments LabVIEW Development environment software
 
PTC Pro/ENGINEER software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Robotic control software Industrial control software
 
Soft Servo Systems LadderWorks PLC Industrial control software
 
SolidWorks CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Spectral Dynamics STARAcoustics Analytical or scientific software
 
Spectral Dynamics STARModal Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks MATLAB Analytical or scientific software
 
Three-dimensional 3D solid modeling software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Wolfram Research Mathematica Analytical or scientific software
 
Accelerometers Accelerometers
 
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Air compressors Air compressors
 
Anemometers Anemometers
 
Arc welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Arc-joint pliers Slip or groove joint pliers
 
Band saws Power saws
 
Belt sanders Power sanders
 
Bend test fixtures Metal testing instruments
 
Bore gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Brazing equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
C clamps C clamps
 
Center punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Clamp-on ammeters Ammeters
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Combination milling machines Milling cutters
 
Combination squares Squares
 
Compression testing machines Compression testers
 
Computerized numerical control CNC lathes Lathes
 
Computerized numerical control CNC vertical milling machines Milling cutters
 
Coordinate measuring machines CMM Coordinate measuring machines CMM
 
Cylindrical grinders Power grinders
 
Dial calipers Calipers
 
Dial indicators Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Dies Taps or dies
 
Digital multimeters Multimeters
 
Digitizing tablets Graphics tablets
 
Drafting plotters Plotter printers
 
Drill presses Workshop presses
 
Dry rod ovens Welding tools
 
Durometers Hardness testers
 
Dynamic mechanical analyzers DMA Thermal differential analyzers
 
Dynamometers Dynamometers
 
Electronic comparators Comparators
 
Extrusion machines Extruders
 
Fatigue testers Fatigue testers
 
Fluid meters Flow sensors
 
Force sensors Force or torque sensors
 
Freon recovery equipment Vacuum pumps
 
Gas welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Go/no-go gauges Go or no go gauge
 
Granite surface plates Lifter plate
 
Guided bend weld test units Metal testing instruments
 
Hacksaws Saws
 
Hand brakes Workshop presses
 
Hardness testers Hardness testers
 
Heat treatment furnaces Induction heaters
 
Hex keys Hex keys
 
High-voltage amplifiers Amplifiers
 
Hydraulic universal testers Compression testers
 
Impact testers Impact testers
 
Injection molders Injection molding machines
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Lathes Lathes
 
Layout squares Squares
 
Linear amplifiers Amplifiers
 
Load cells Loadcells
 
Locking pliers Locking pliers
 
Long nose pliers Longnose pliers
 
Marking gauges Metal markers or holders
 
Measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Metal inert gas MIG welding equipment Metal inert gas MIG welding machinery
 
Metallographs Inverted microscopes
 
Micrometers Micrometers
 
Microprocessors Microprocessors
 
Mill files Files
 
Milling machines Milling machines
 
Nut drivers Nut drivers
 
Offset screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Optical comparators Comparators
 
Optical compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
 
Oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
 
Oxyacetylene welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Pedestal grinders Power grinders
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Plane-parallel gauge blocks Gage block set
 
Polishing machines Grinding or polishing machines
 
Positioning jigs Positioning jig
 
Power drills Power drills
 
Power grinders Power grinders
 
Power shears Shears
 
Power sheet metal shears Shears
 
Pressure sensors Pressure sensors
 
Programmable logic controllers PLC Microcontrollers
 
Protractors Protractors
 
Punch presses Workshop presses
 
Ring gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Rotameters Rotameters
 
Rotational molders Injection molding machines
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Screw gauge micrometers Micrometers
 
Screw pitch gauges Pitch measuring instruments
 
Screw thread gauges Thread counters or gauges
 
Scribers Scribers
 
Scroll saws Power saws
 
Shear testers Shear strength testers
 
Sheet metal slitters Milling cutters
 
Signal conditioners Signal conditioners
 
Signal generators Signal generators
 
Sine bars Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Slip joint pliers Slip or groove joint pliers
 
Slotted screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Snap gauges Thickness measuring devices
 
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
 
Soldering equipment Soldering irons or guns
 
Spirit levels Levels
 
Spot welders Welders
 
Steel rules Rulers
 
Stick welding machines Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Strain gauges Strain gauges
 
Surface grinders Power grinders
 
Switched amplifiers Amplifiers
 
Taper plug gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Taps Taps or dies
 
Temperature sensors Temperature transmitters
 
Tensile testers Tension testers
 
Torque meters Force or torque sensors
 
Track burning machines Milling cutters
 
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
 
Twin-screw extruders Twin screw extruder
 
Twist drills Twist drills
 
Ultrasound inspection equipment Ultrasonic examination equipment
 
Utility knives Utility knives
 
Vacuum molders Vacuum molding machines
 
Vernier calipers Calipers
 
Vernier height gauges Height gauges
 
Vibration testers Vibration testers
 
Welding equipment Welding tools
 
Welding masks Welding masks
 
Wire cutters Wire cutters
 
Wire strippers Stripping tools
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Auto Design Checker
Automation Technician
Brinell Tester
Certified Control Systems Technician
Design Engineer
Designer
Development Technician
Die Drawing Checker
Electric Motor Mechanic
Engineering Drawings Checker
Engineering Lab Technician
Engineering Technical Analyst
Engineering Technician
Equipment Engineer
Experimental Technician
Finite Element Analysis Modeling Specialist (FEA Modeling Specialist)
Gyroscope Technician
Gyroscopic Engineering Technician
Heat Transfer Technician
Hydraulic Technician
Industrial Multicraft Maintenance Technician
Lab Technician
Laser Technician
Laser/Electro-Optics Technician (LEOT)
Machinist
Maintenance Mechanic
Maintenance Superintendent
Maintenance Technician
Manufacturing Engineer
Mechanical Designer
Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Technician
Molding Technician
Motor Tester
Optomechanical Technician
Process Engineering Technician
Process Technician
Proof Technician
Refrigeration Technician
Research Mechanic
Research and Development Technician
Robotics Technician
Tool Analyst
Tool Design Checker
Tool Specialist
Tool or Die Drawing Checker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
 
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