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Mechanical Engineering Technicians - 17-3027.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Designer
  • Engineering Lab Technician
  • Engineering Technical Analyst
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Process Engineering Technician
  • Process Technician
  • Research and Development Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze test or validation data.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Document design or operational test results.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Fabricate devices or components.
  • Fabricate products or components using machine tools.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Test products for functionality or quality.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Mechanical Engineering Assistant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Heat-Transfer Technician
  • Mechanical-Engineering Technician
  • Optomechanical Technician
  • Tool Design Checker

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Die-Drawing Checker
  • Drawings Checker, Engineering
  • Heat-Transfer Technician
  • Mechanical-Engineering Technician
  • Optomechanical Technician
  • Tool Design Checker