Career Tracks: Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum equips the graduate for performing a key role in the mechanical design process; installing, calibrating, troubleshooting and repairing mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment; programming robots, CNC machine tools, computers and programmable controllers; and performing general maintenance functions.

Since industry is mechanical in nature, there will always be a need for the Mechanical Engineering Technology specialist.

Duties

Technicians in this field may be required to:

  • assist in the design of tools, machine elements and industrial equipment
  • assist in the planning and operation of heat, steam, gas and water distribution systems
  • prepare and/or check design sketches and layouts
  • evaluate strength and cost of materials, physical and heating requirements and other necessary information
  • test components and systems and compile test reports
  • give technical information, aid and instruction to production workers
  • relay production, assembly and functional problems to engineers
     

Working Conditions

Technicians in this field commonly experience:

  • plants or office environment
  • different tasks
  • little supervision
  • some stresses due to deadlines
  • occasional overtime
  • working in teams
     

Physical Demands

  • generally: mildly active - some standing, walking
  • light lifting (up to 20lbs.) due to working environment
     

Characteristics & Temperament

Technicians in this field should have:

  • problem-solving skills
  • good communication skills
  • good social skills (essential for career advancement)
  • ability to work with numbers, symbols, concepts and tools
  • excellent spatial aptitude (comprehend two-dimensional objects; recognize relationships resulting from the movement of objects)
  • mechanical reasoning (understand mechanical principles and devices; understand how things work and how to fix them)
     

Employment Outlook

Employment statistics for 2014 - 2016 PTC graduates, who found jobs in this field, are as follows:

  • salary average: $54,480.00 per year according to the US Department of Labor. You may view the most current Occupational Outlook statistics at: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/mechanical-engineering-technicians.htm.
  • 96% placement rate for the 2014 - 2016 graduates
  • entry level positions include: mechanical technician, maintenance technician, junior engineer
  • advancement comes with experience and further education; positions include field service representative, engineering sales representative, product engineer design engineer
  • employment in cities and towns of all sizes
     

Employers

Some recent graduates have found work at:

 

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