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Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Conduct statistical studies to analyze or compare production costs for sustainable and nonsustainable designs.
    • Estimate cost factors including labor and material for purchased and fabricated parts and costs for assembly, testing, or installing.
    • Review project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures, and objectives, and test nature of technical problems such as redesign.
    • Provide technical support to other employees regarding mechanical design, fabrication, testing, or documentation.
    • Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test methods.
    • Draft detail drawing or sketch for drafting room completion or to request parts fabrication by machine, sheet or wood shops.
    • Evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills.
    • Assist engineers to design, develop, test, or manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, or other equipment.
    • Review project instructions and specifications to identify, modify and plan requirements fabrication, assembly and testing.
    • Prepare layouts of machinery, tools, plants, or equipment.
    • Conduct failure analyses, document results, and recommend corrective actions.
    • Design molds, tools, dies, jigs, or fixtures for use in manufacturing processes.
    • Design specialized or customized equipment, machines, or structures.
    • Conduct failure analyses, document results, and recommend corrective actions.
    • Prepare parts sketches and write work orders and purchase requests to be furnished by outside contractors.
    • Prepare specifications, designs, or sketches for machines, components, or systems related to the generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy.
    • Prepare specifications, designs, or sketches for machines, components, or systems related to the generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy.
    • Assist engineers to design, develop, test, or manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, or other equipment.
    • Assist engineers to design, develop, test, or manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, or other equipment.
    • Analyze energy requirements and distribution systems to maximize the use of intermittent or inflexible renewable energy sources, such as wind or nuclear.
    • Analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications.
    • Assemble or disassemble complex mechanical systems.
    • Test machines, components, materials, or products to determine characteristics such as performance, strength, or response to stress.
    • Prepare parts sketches and write work orders and purchase requests to be furnished by outside contractors.
    • Set up prototype and test apparatus and operate test controlling equipment to observe and record prototype test results.
    • Conduct failure analyses, document results, and recommend corrective actions.
    • Set up and conduct tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance.
    • Assist mechanical engineers in product testing through activities such as setting up instrumentation for automobile crash tests.
    • Calculate required capacities for equipment of proposed system to obtain specified performance and submit data to engineering personnel for approval.
    • Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance.
    • Prepare equipment inspection schedules, reliability schedules, work plans, or other records.
    • Interpret engineering sketches, specifications, or drawings.

    Skills

    • Writing

      Writing things for co-workers or customers.

    • Critical Thinking

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others.

    • Active Learning

      Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

    • Monitoring

      Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.

    • Persuasion

      Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.

    • Troubleshooting

      Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Testing how well a product or service works.

    • Management of Financial Resources

      Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

    • Operation and Control

      Using equipment or systems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Reading work-related information.

    • Learning Strategies

      Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing people together to solve differences.

    • Operations Analysis

      Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.

    • Equipment Selection

      Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job.

    • Programming

      Writing computer programs.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Understanding people's reactions.

    • Coordination

      Changing what is done based on other people's actions.

    • Instructing

      Teaching people how to do something.

    • Service Orientation

      Looking for ways to help people.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

    • Technology Design

      Making equipment and technology useful for customers.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.

    • Systems Analysis

      Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.

    • Systems Evaluation

      Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

    • Time Management

      Managing your time and the time of other people.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Managing equipment and materials.

    • Active Listening

      Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

    • Mathematics

      Using math to solve problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Originality

      Creating new and original ideas.

    • Information Ordering

      Ordering or arranging things.

    • Memorization

      Remembering words, numbers, pictures, or steps.

    • Flexibility of Closure

      Seeing hidden patterns.

    • Oral Expression

      Communicating by speaking.

    • Dynamic Strength

      Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

    • Depth Perception

      Deciding which thing is closer or farther away from you, or deciding how far away it is from you.

    • Trunk Strength

      Using your lower back and stomach.

    • Near Vision

      Seeing details up close.

    • Auditory Attention

      Paying attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.

    • Sound Localization

      Noticing the direction that a sound came from.

    • Control Precision

      Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

    • Rate Control

      Changing when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

    • Wrist-Finger Speed

      Making fast, simple, repeated movements of your fingers, hands, and wrists.

    • Speed of Limb Movement

      Quickly moving your arms and legs.

    • Gross Body Equilibrium

      Keeping your balance or staying upright.

    • Dynamic Flexibility

      Quickly and repeatedly bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Speech Clarity

      Speaking clearly.

    • Explosive Strength

      Jumping, sprinting, or throwing something.

    • Gross Body Coordination

      Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      Telling the difference between sounds.

    • Written Expression

      Communicating by writing.

    • Selective Attention

      Paying attention to something without being distracted.

    • Oral Comprehension

      Listening and understanding what people say.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      Coming up with lots of ideas.

    • Number Facility

      Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.

    • Perceptual Speed

      Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

    • Extent Flexibility

      Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Speech Recognition

      Recognizing spoken words.

    • Peripheral Vision

      Seeing something to your side when your are looking ahead.

    • Glare Sensitivity

      Seeing something even if there is a glare or very bright light.

    • Static Strength

      Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.

    • Written Comprehension

      Reading and understanding what is written.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      Using rules to solve problems.

    • Mathematical Reasoning

      Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.

    • Spatial Orientation

      Knowing where things are around you.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      Keeping your arm or hand steady.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      Noticing when problems happen.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.

    • Category Flexibility

      Grouping things in different ways.

    • Speed of Closure

      Quickly knowing what you are looking at.

    • Visualization

      Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

    • Time Sharing

      Doing two or more things at the same time.

    • Manual Dexterity

      Holding or moving items with your hands.

    • Finger Dexterity

      Putting together small parts with your fingers.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.

    • Response Orientation

      Quickly deciding if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part.

    • Reaction Time

      Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.

    • Night Vision

      Seeing at night or under low light.

    • Stamina

      Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.

    • Far Vision

      Seeing details that are far away.

    Knowledge

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • 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.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Foreign Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Philosophy and Theology

      Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • 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.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • 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.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • 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.

    • Sociology and Anthropology

      Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 59910/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 28.8/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,400
    • Yearly Projected Openings 230

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Integrity
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Accelerometers
    • Adjustable wrenches
    • Air compressors
    • Ammeters
    • Amplifiers
    • Analytical balances
    • Anemometers
    • Angle grinder
    • Belt sander
    • Bench scales
    • Benchtop centrifuges
    • Binocular light compound microscopes
    • Boring machines
    • C clamps
    • Calipers
    • Calorimeters
    • Claw hammer
    • Comparators
    • Compression testers
    • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
    • Cutting die
    • Cylinder gauge
    • Dial indicator or dial gauge
    • Drill press or radial drill
    • Dynamometers
    • Extruders
    • Fatigue testers
    • Flow sensors
    • Flow transmitters
    • Force or torque sensors
    • Forklifts
    • Form tools or toolbits
    • Fume hoods or cupboards
    • Fused deposition modeling machine
    • Gage block set
    • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
    • Go or no go gauge
    • Goggles
    • Graphics tablets
    • Hacksaw
    • Hardness testers
    • Height gauges
    • Hex keys
    • Hole gauge
    • Horizontal turning center
    • Hydraulic press frames
    • Impact testers
    • Induction heaters
    • Injection molding machines
    • Inverted microscopes
    • Laboratory benches
    • Laminated object manufacturing machine
    • Levels
    • Lifter plate
    • Load frame
    • Loadcells
    • Locking pliers
    • Longnose pliers
    • Manual press brake
    • Metal band sawing machine
    • Metal inert gas welding machine
    • Metal markers or holders
    • Metal polishing machine
    • Metal slitting saw
    • Metal testing instruments
    • Microcontrollers
    • Micrometers
    • Microprocessors
    • Mill saw file
    • Milling machines
    • Multimeters
    • Notebook computers
    • Nut drivers
    • Offset screw driver
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Personal computers
    • Photoelastic testing instruments
    • Pitch measuring instruments
    • Plasma cutting machine
    • Plotter printers
    • Pneumatic impact wrenches
    • Polarimeters
    • Polishing machines
    • Positioning jig
    • Power drills
    • Power grinders
    • Power saws
    • Pressure indicators
    • Pressure sensors
    • Protective gloves
    • Protractors
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Rotameters
    • Rulers
    • Scanners
    • Screwdrivers
    • Scribers
    • Scroll saw
    • Selective laser sintering machine
    • Shear strength testers
    • Shears
    • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine
    • Signal conditioners
    • Signal generators
    • Sine bar
    • Slip or groove joint pliers
    • Socket sets
    • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
    • Spectrometers
    • Spot welding machine
    • Squares
    • Strain gauges
    • Stripping tools
    • Surface grinding machine
    • Tape measures
    • Taper gauge
    • Taps
    • Temperature transmitters
    • Tension testers
    • Thermal differential analyzers
    • Thickness measuring devices
    • Thread counters or gauges
    • Three dimensional printing machine
    • Torsion testers
    • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
    • Tumblers or polishers
    • Tungsten inert gas welding machine
    • Twin screw extruder
    • Ultrasonic examination equipment
    • Universal milling machine
    • Utility knives
    • Vacuum molding machines
    • Vacuum pumps
    • Vertical machining center
    • Vibration testers
    • Water baths
    • Wave soldering machine
    • Welder torch
    • Welding masks
    • Wire cutters

    Technology

    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Cloud-based data access and sharing software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Development environment software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Industrial control software
    • Internet browser software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Office suite software
    • Presentation software
    • Process mapping and design software
    • Project management software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Word processing software

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