Career Details for Mechanical Engineering Technologists

Mechanical Engineering Technologists

Also called:

CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer), Engineer Technical Staff, Engineering Technologist, Mechanical Designer

What they do:

Assist mechanical engineers in such activities as generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy. Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment or plan the flow of work. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.

On the job, you would:

  • Interpret engineering sketches, specifications, or drawings.
  • Assist engineers to design, develop, test, or manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, or other equipment.
  • Design specialized or customized equipment, machines, or structures.

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Engineering and Technology

  • product and service development
  • mechanical

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

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Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

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Verbal

  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things

Hand and Finger Use

  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence
  • Initiative

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You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software

  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Bentley Microstation

Analytical or scientific software

  • Data acquisition software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB

Computer aided manufacturing CAM software

  • Stereolithography SLA rapid prototyping systems
  • TekSoft CAMWorks

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bachelor's degree or
associate's degree usually needed

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outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$62,330


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.

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