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Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Work Activities
  • Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance.
  • Analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications.
  • Test equipment, using test devices attached to generator, voltage regulator, or other electrical parts, such as generators or spark plugs.
  • Evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills.
  • 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.
  • Operate drill press, grinders, engine lathe, or other machines to modify parts tested or to fabricate experimental parts for testing.
  • Review project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and test nature of technical problems such as redesign.
  • Set up and conduct tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance.
  • Review project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing.
  • Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods.
  • Confer with technicians and submit reports of test results to engineering department and recommend design or material changes.
  • Prepare parts sketches and write work orders and purchase requests to be furnished by outside contractors.
  • Calculate required capacities for equipment of proposed system to obtain specified performance and submit data to engineering personnel for approval.
  • Inspect lines and figures for clarity and return erroneous drawings to designer for correction.
  • Draft detail drawing or sketch for drafting room completion or to request parts fabrication by machine, sheet or wood shops.
  • Set up prototype and test apparatus and operate test controlling equipment to observe and record prototype test results.
  • Estimate cost factors including labor and material for purchased and fabricated parts and costs for assembly, testing, or installing.
Skills
  • 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.

  • Reading Comprehension

    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • Critical Thinking

    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
6
Reading for Information
5
Locating Information
5
Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension

    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Deductive Reasoning

    The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

  • 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.

Knowledge
  • 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.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $49,010/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $23.56/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 2,560
  • Yearly Projected Openings 70
Typical Education
Personality
Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Stress Tolerance
Tools
  • Screwdrivers
  • Power grinders
  • Injection molding machines
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • Amplifiers
Technology
  • Office suite software
  • Industrial control software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
  • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
  • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.